Singapore - What we have here is the new range of facelifted MINI models: the MINI 3-Door, MINI 5-Door, MINI Convertible, MINI Electric, and the new MINI John Cooper Works models, both the 3-door and JCW convertible (which isn’t pictured). Fresh off the production line, all spiffed up and ready to take on Singapore’s roads.
As far as MINI’s facelifted models go, this refresh might be a mild update, but there are several things that have been tweaked. For one, MINI has ditched the fog lamps in the lower bumpers across all 6 models for this Life Cycle Impulse (BMW-lingo for facelift). In their place are new vents that are designed to channel air over the sides of the bodywork.
Also new for this LCI is a reworked grille that appears larger thanks to the thick gloss black surrounds that extend down to the front lip. The resultant look is a cleaner and sleeker front profile. As ever, the Cooper S and JCW models see the addition of black surrounds for the headlights and grille, as opposed to chrome accents on the standard 3-door, 5-door and Cooper SE models.
Round the back, the rear aprons have also seen slight revisions. The MINI One and Cooper models receive a slightly reworked rear lip while Cooper S models get a new body-coloured trim piece above the blacked-out twin tailpipes. All cars also receive MINI’s signature union jack tail-lamps that have adorned several of their previous models.
The changes in the cockpit are a tad bit more significant than the exterior bits. New for 2021, all 6 models of the MINI receive a new, sportier steering wheel, now wrapped in Nappa leather, with less bulbous spokes and much sleeker buttons as opposed to the previous models.
Also new with these LCI models is a new 5-inch digital gauge cluster, first seen in the MINI Cooper SE electric and the previously facelifted MINI Countryman.
(Click HERE to read more about the 2021 MINI Cooper S Countryman)
Perhaps the biggest change is the 8.8-inch central infotainment screen, now surrounded by an LED ring that lights up according to the driver’s inputs when using the revised MINI operating system, or when drivers toggle between the different driving modes. MINI’s Connected Navigation package and wireless Apple CarPlay now come as standard across all cars too.