2023 MINI Hardtop: Redesign Info & Release Date

Sarah Willis
Contributing Writer - November 11, 2021

Redesign Info

The automaker Mini has made news lately as it previewed the redesigned fourth-generation Hardtop. Even though Mini has released a photo of the all-new hatchback, the changes are a bit hard to see through the camouflage on the exterior of the car.

What we can see from the photo, however, is how the model is a two-door. Never fear, because Mini does have plans to make four-door models for the Hardtop as well, so consumers will continue to get the option to choose which suits them best. A convertible version has also been confirmed by Mini’s parent company, BMW.

This newest Hardtop has been claimed to be somewhat smaller in overall dimensions when compared to the current model, but while still keeping the same styling as the 2022. This styling includes Mini’s classic boxy appearance, hexagon-shaped grille, frameless doors, circular LED headlights, large taillights, and hatchback-style tailgate with little overhang on either the front or back end of the car. With all these similarities, however, we’re left to wonder where the redesign really comes in.

The answer may come from under the hood. Some are describing the Hardtop prototype as the successor to the electric-powered Cooper SE trim. This is because the Hardtop is being built based on a new electric platform developed by a collaboration between BMW and Chinese automaker Great Wall Motors.

The electric motors, batteries, and potentially other components are being supplied by China as well in order to reduce the cost of production. This makes sense, as production of Mini vehicles has stopped at the VDL plant in the Netherlands, and the Hardtop is set to be produced in the Zhangjiagang factory in China thanks to a joint venture between the automakers.

Gasoline versions of this vehicle are also being planned for, and are reported to be based off of BMW’s front-wheel-drive FAAR platform. These models are scheduled to continue to be produced at the automaker’s Oxford plant in England.

Pricing & Release Date

Since we don’t know whether or not this is going to be a 2023 model or a 2024 model, we don’t have an official release date. All we know is that it is generally scheduled to go on sale in North America sometime in 2023.

We have no official word on what the pricing of the newest Hardtop may be. Despite potentially being smaller, this upcoming model may end up being somewhat more expensive than the 2022’s MSRP of $20,350 due to the updates.

Some possible rivals the upcoming Hardtop may compete for attention against are the Kia Soul, Toyota Prius, Subaru Impreza Hatchback, and Honda Civic Hatchback.

Stay tuned for more updates on this model as they become available.

Pictured: Upcoming Mini Hardtop

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