Mini is almost ready to introduce the first member of the next generation Hardtop family. It will introduce two-door hatchback variant in 2022 and it is officially released shoot spies show a test mule in a frozen region of Sweden to give us a better idea of what to expect from the vehicle.
The BMW-owned company insists that the prototype shown on the frigid Swedish roads is all-electric, although it has stopped short of publishing any technical details. We hope that the lucky little hatchback will offer users more horsepower and more range than the current Cooper SE. And, there’s still no word on whether the lineup will include internal-combustion-powered versions for buyers who aren’t interested in going electric. We’ve reached out to the company for more information, and we’ll update this story if we learn more.
It is clear that the odds of the next hardtop have not changed significantly; it still recognizable is a member of the Mini lineup, but the designers have re-imagined many of the key style cues. Spy shots of a completely undisguised prototype taken in December 2021 show evolutionary updates made to the redesigned front and rear end featuring corner lights connected by a black decorative piece. At first glance, it looks like the modern Mini is getting its biggest makeover since BMW car model restart at the turn of the millennium.
Details of the next-gen Mini Hardtop will emerge in the coming months and we expect to see the model debut before the end of 2022. It will then be joined by a a four-door hatchback and a two-door convertible (the Mini has confirmed it won’t leave the top segment). Meanwhile, the company is getting rid of the current Hardtop by releasing some limited edition models led by design.
While the Hardtop prides itself on being the car the Mini image is associated with, the market segment it competes in is shrinking on a regular basis. Buyers like intersect to hatchbacks, even on ponds. To that end, Mini is also growing Countryman next generation – possibly the largest and most powerful model – and it announced plans to show off a new intersection concept in 2022.