The iconic Mini Cooper hatchback receives a revamp for the new 2025 model year, expanding its lineup to include internal combustion engine options alongside its previously introduced electric models. Unlike its predecessors, the new Cooper 3-Door Hardtop now offers both electric and traditional gasoline-powered variants, marking a significant shift in the Mini lineup.
Gone are the diesel options, replaced instead by a choice between two gasoline powertrains. The base model, dubbed the Cooper C, boasts a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, generating 154 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. This configuration propels the car from 0 to 62 mph in 7.7 seconds, offering a spirited driving experience. Stepping up to the Cooper S rewards drivers with a larger turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, delivering 201 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. With this powerplant, the sprint time is reduced to 6.6 seconds, catering to those seeking a more dynamic performance.
Mini enthusiasts eagerly awaiting the John Cooper Works (JCW) model will have to exercise patience, as it is yet to be released. However, a new JCW exterior trim option will be available at launch, providing aesthetic enhancements without the added performance.
Customization options abound, with various wheel sizes ranging from 16 to 18 inches, four roof colors, and an intriguing three-color gradient roof finish for select models. Inside, the 9.4-inch OLED infotainment system from the electric models takes center stage, complemented by essential physical controls such as a parking brake, gear selector, start/stop button, and volume knob, all conveniently situated on a toggle bar below the circular display.
Practicality remains a priority, with ample cargo space of 7.4 cubic feet with the rear seats up, expanding to 28.2 cubic feet when folded down. Mini plans to broaden the Cooper lineup further with the introduction of a convertible version and a five-door hatchback, catering to diverse consumer preferences.
Production of the new Cooper C and Cooper S will take place in Oxford, distinguishing them from their electric counterparts manufactured in China by Spotlight Automotive, a joint venture between BMW Group and Great Wall Motor. However, Mini enthusiasts in the UK can anticipate local production of the electric hatchback starting in 2026, coinciding with the debut of the next Aceman small crossover. These gasoline-powered models signify the final wave of traditional Mini Cooper cars before the BMW Group transitions away from internal combustion engines by the end of the decade.