• The 2023 Mini Cooper Facelift Has Been Spotted Once More Before Its Heart Transplant

One last hurrah before going all-electric

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As of 2030, Mini plans to only sell electric cars, but until then, there is a little bit more time to enjoy ICE-powered versions of the Cooper. While the electric version of the next-generation Cooper is already being tested, Mini engineers are also busy working on a facelift version for the standard Cooper.

The prototype was caught testing many times before, but today, our spy photographers caught another ICE-powered Cooper facelift prototype out in the wild.

The 2023 Mini Cooper Facelift Has Been Spotted Once More Before Its Heart Transplant Exterior Spyshots
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The visual changes will be rather minor, and will be limited to a revised front fascia, new headlights, and a refreshed grille. The rear doesn’t seem to offer any updates - not even the trapezoidal taillights we have seen in the electric version.

Instead, Mini will focus most of its attention on the interior. Rumors suggest it will be adapted to the future model and the facelift will be equipped with the latest assistance systems and radar sensors.

The 2023 Mini Cooper Facelift Has Been Spotted Once More Before Its Heart Transplant Exterior Spyshots
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Also, don’t expect to see much in terms of powertrain or performance updates. Tweaks, if any, will probably be limited to updates to comply with emissions standards. So, you should expect to see the same options, which are the 134-horsepower three-cylinder for the base version and the 189-horsepower four-cylinder engine for the S version.

While there is currently no solid debut date, sometime in 2023 is a good guess, with sales to commence shortly after.

Source: Picture credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Alina Moore
Alina Moore
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