The MINI Clubman is no longer available in Canada.
Simplified equipment group lineups across the model line.
New colours, new features, and of course, new special editions.
The MINI brand sets itself apart from mainstream automakers with unique designs and a cheery, playful character. Its vehicle portfolio should go full electric by 2030, while its first mass-produced EV went on sale in 2020. In addition, two new EVs should be introduced this year, with a third one to follow in 2024 inspired by the MINI Aceman Concept. Here’s what to expect from the MINI brand in 2023, with models listed in alphabetical order.
Before we start, it’s worth mentioning that in Fall 2022, the brand announced widespread changes to its lineup, such as the new Melting Silver III and Nanuq White paint colours that replace Pepper White, White Silver and Moonwalk Grey. The equipment levels were simplified due to complications caused by supply chain issues, as the base Classic trim was dropped. The U.S. market now gets Signature 2.0 and Iconic 2.0 equipment groups, while the Canadian market gets Premier 2.0 and Premier+ 2.0 trims. In addition, Apple CarPlay is now standard across all trim levels. And as these lines are being written, the base Cooper variants of every model in Canada are unavailable to order.
The MINI Clubman is a compact-sized five-door wagon, with unique dual rear doors and room for five passengers. It’s offered in Cooper S, Cooper S ALL4 and JCW ALL4 variants in the United States, but the model has been dropped in Canada after the 2022 model year. The Cooper S and Cooper S ALL4 rely on a 189-hp turbo 2.0L four, while the JCW boasts a high-output 2.0L engine with 301 horsepower on tap. The 2023 model year brings multi-tone blue, white and red roof colours, and the space-saving spare tire is now a standalone option. The Driver Assistance Package now includes Park Assist and head-up display. In addition, the MINI Untold Edition is offered on all Clubman trim levels, featuring Sage Green paint, piano black trim, brass front and rear exterior accenting, hood stripes, specific 18-inch alloy wheels, brass door sill plates, Sage Green leather upholstery and illuminated Untold Edition interior surfaces.
The MINI Convertible is available in Cooper, Cooper S and John Cooper Works variants, and features a power-operated soft top that can be partially opened to act as a simple sunroof, or rolled all the way down for open-air motoring. For the 2023 model year in the U.S., the MINI Resolute Edition arrives for the Cooper S, and the beachy MINI Seaside Edition package can be added to Cooper and Cooper S variants. The Driver Assistance package now rounds up head-up display and Park Assist, but adaptive cruise control has been taken out, becoming a standalone option on cars equipped with an automatic transmission. The Cooper is equipped with a 134-horsepower turbocharged 1.6L three-cylinder engine, while the Cooper S and John Cooper Works receive turbo 2.0L fours with 189 and 228 horsepower, respectively. A manual transmission is still available in the U.S.
MINI Cooper SE
The fully electric MINI Cooper SE 2-Door/3-Door variant boasts 181 horsepower and an estimated driving range of 114 miles or 183 kilometres. Island Blue is a new paint color for 2023, while Rooftop Grey has been dropped, and there are now more interior upholstery colours to choose from. The MINI Resolute Edition is also available on the Cooper SE.
For the 2023 model year, the MINI Countryman receives a new MINI Untamed Edition package that’s available on all trim levels. It features a Momentum Gray paint job, Frozen Bluestone door stripes, unique 18-inch wheels, a Highland Green interior with blue and green contrast stitching, and much more. Canada also gets the Cooper S ALL4 Shadow Edition, a 34-unit package featuring Midnight Black paint with silver mirror caps and roof, front fender graphics, a JCW body kit, 19-inch JCW wheels and unique interior trim. Cooper S ALL4 and John Cooper Works ALL4 are offered, while the Cooper S can also be had in FWD guise in the U.S. The base Cooper variant with the 134-hp turbo 1.5L I3 has been dropped, so remaining engine choices include the 189-hp 2.0L four and the JCW 301-hp 2.0L four. There’s also the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4, featuring a plug-in hybrid powertrain producing 224 horsepower, while the 10-kWh battery pack provides an EV-only driving range estimated at 18 miles or 29 km. Last but not least, the Driver Assistance Package now includes Park Assist and head-up display.
MINI Hardtop, 3-Door
Called the MINI Hardtop 2-Door in the United States and the MINI 3-Door in Canada as well as internationally, the 2023 model year brings the Zesty Yellow paint that was introduced on the 2022 Convertible. Also debuting last year, the multi-tone roof can now be ordered in blue, white or red. The MINI Resolute Edition is also new, sporting one of three paint jobs (Rebel Green, Enigmatic Black, Nanuq White), Pepper White roof and mirror caps, hood stripes, black exterior accenting and wheels as well as Black Pearl Light Chequered upholstery. A Pat Moss Edition celebrating the female British driver’s rally victory 60 years ago appeared in the summer of 2022, but was exclusive to the John Cooper Works 2-Door in the U.S. market. The limited-run 2-Door/3-Door Cooper S Anniversary Edition is tribute to the 60-year collaboration between MINI and the Cooper family, with the number 74 on the doors and hood, vintage Cooper logos and a numbered plaque. The Driver Assistance package now rounds up head-up display and Park Assist, but adaptive cruise control has been taken out, becoming a standalone option on units equipped with the automatic transmission. The Hardtop 2-Door/3-Door lineup consists of the Cooper (134-hp turbo 1.5L I3), the Cooper S (189-hp turbo 2.0L I4) and the John Cooper Works (228-hp turbo 2.0L I4), available with either a six-speed manual transmission (U.S. only) or a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic.
MINI Hardtop, 5-Door
The MINI Hardtop 4-Door, or MINI 5-Door, continues to be offered in base Cooper as well as Cooper S trims, with the same powertrains as the Hardtop 2-Door/3-Door, but it doesn’t get a JCW or electric SE variant. To celebrate the brand’s return to the U.S. market two decades ago, the 4-Door/5-Door received a 20th Anniversary Edition package for the Cooper S in the fall of 2022, with Chili Red, Pepper White and Island Blue as the available paint colours. The package also rounds up silver roof and mirror caps, piano black trim, hood stripes and star, 17-inch Tentacle Spoke black wheels, roof rails, a panoramic sunroof, Carbon Black leatherette upholstery and more.