Changes to 2021 Mini Models Include Return of Manual Transmissions, Special Editions to Lineup

Christian Wardlaw | Dec 07, 2020

Following the debut of a new Mini Electric for 2020, the plucky small car and SUV maker has announced changes to its lineup of 2021 models, which includes a freshening of its Countryman SUV, a return of manual transmissions to the mix, and the debut of the wickedly quick John Cooper Works GP to the Hardtop lineup. 

2021 Mini John Cooper Works GP Gray Side View

2021 Mini Clubman Changes - Find the best Mini deals!

If you want a 2021 Mini Clubman with a stick shift, you’ll need the Cooper S version with front-wheel drive. It comes standard with Classic trim and is an option with Signature and Iconic trim. Additionally, the Clubman Signature and Iconic include a new digital instrumentation cluster and 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, connected and remote services, and navigation with real-time traffic.

2021 Mini Convertible - Find the best Mini deals!

Choose the Cooper or Cooper S version of the 2021 Mini Convertible, and you can once again get a 6-speed manual gearbox. The Cooper S Sidewalk Edition also debuts for 2021, and the Mini Convertible is offered with the same digital instrumentation and 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system as the Clubman. However, here the infotainment tech is optional with Signature trim and standard with Iconic trim.

2021 Mini Countryman - Find the best Mini deals!

Responsible for 40% of all Mini sales in the U.S. market, the 2021 Countryman is critically important to the brand’s health. Highlights include revised exterior styling, updated interior design, and in many versions both digital instrumentation and a new 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, connected services, and Apple CarPlay. A new Oxford Edition model joins the lineup, offering more equipment at a discounted price. The plug-in hybrid version continues, offering 17 miles of electric driving range before switching to gas-electric hybrid operation. Learn more about the 2021 Mini Countryman.

2021 Mini Electric - Find the best Mini deals!

Introduced in spring of 2020, the Mini Electric (also known as the Mini Cooper SE) returns for 2021. Priced from around $30,000, the Mini Electric offers 110 miles of pure electric driving range and soaks up an 80% battery recharge in 36 minutes using a 50 kW DC Fast Charger. The electric motor supplies 181 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque, and Mini says it will accelerate to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds. The Mini Electric is based on the 2-door Hardtop model.

2021 Mini Hardtop - Find the best Mini deals!

Offered in 2-door and 4-door body styles, the 2021 Mini Hardtop is once again available with a row ‘em yourself gearbox, with the exception of the new limited-production Mini John Cooper Works GP. The fastest factory-built Mini in history, it makes an impressive 301 horsepower, and that requires use of a standard 8-speed sport automatic transmission. Mini also expands availability of the value-packed Oxford Edition and offers the same enhanced infotainment system and digital instrumentation as the Mini Convertible with Signature and Iconic trims. New special editions include the Coral Red Edition, Cooper 1499 GT, and Paddy Hopkirk Edition, each available in limited quantities.

Mini is the source of information in this article. It was accurate on December 4, 2020, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker’s website or your local dealership.

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