Changes to 2021 Mini Cooper Models Include Return of Manual Transmissions

Christian Wardlaw | Jun 11, 2020

Following the debut of a new Mini Electric Hardtop 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 and a return of manual transmissions to the mix. 

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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.

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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, one this model these features are 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 both digital instrumentation and a new 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. 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.

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Introduced in 2020, arriving not long before the COVID-19 pandemic took root, 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 Mini Electric is based on the 2-door Hardtop model.

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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.

The information in this article came from Mini. It was accurate as of June 11, 2020 but may have changed since that date.

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