The 2022 Mini Cooper SE will get a slight mid-cycle refresh that updates the automobile’s styling and provides new commonplace options, however leaves the remainder of its essentially playful nature and scant vary intact.

The carryover powertrain includes a 181-hp electrical motor powering the front-wheels, and the by a single-speed transmission. The Cooper SE is rated at 110 miles of EPA-estimated vary from a 32.6-kwh lithium-ion battery pack.  

Our first drive of the Cooper SE final yr revealed it to be extra go-kart than automobile, with an emphasis on enjoyable over practicality, and a spine-crunching experience as well. These elements of the automobile will persist; what’s below the pores and skin (together with the powertrain) has not been touched, although the Cooper SE’s wrapper has been up to date.

2022 Mini Cooper

2022 Mini Cooper

Modifications for the Cooper SE match the remainder of the Hardtop household, there’s a new body-colored trim piece that covers up the black impact-protection bar which splits the brand new entrance grille in half. There isn’t a longer a large yellow accent on the entrance, it’s changed by a extra delicate “S” in the identical yellow because the aspect mirror caps. Additionally gone are the fog lights, changed by a further LED factor within the headlights. The LED taillights add a Union Jack accent, first seen on the Countryman final yr.

Mini is introducing a Assortment version of the automobile, in blue or grey paint with the brand new multi-tone roof (in two shades of blue). New wheel designs have additionally been added.

Inside, an 8.8-inch touchscreen is now commonplace with Apple CarPlay compatibility. Android Auto stays nowhere to be discovered. Further commonplace options now embrace a heated steering wheel, lane departure warning, and satellite tv for pc radio.

2022 Mini Cooper SE

2022 Mini Cooper SE

Although the entire different new Cooper Hardtop variants see a value enhance, the Cooper SE doesn’t and it nonetheless begins at $30,750 inclusive of vacation spot expenses however unique of rebates and different financial savings—just like the $7,500 federal EV tax credit, which may make this mannequin a bargain at less than $20,000 in some states. The 2022 gasoline variants will arrive at dealerships beginning in mid-to-late April, however Mini didn’t specify an on-sale date for the 2022 Cooper SE as of this writing.