The Mini Hardtop apparently gets another style refresh after the 2019 model year updates. These spy photos together catch a bunch of camouflaged models.
Judging by the coating, the major change to the refreshed Hardtop is a new front fairing and a new grille. Unfortunately, camouflage makes it very difficult to see the exact changes. There are now vertical entrances in the corners of this JCW S model, but the engineers hide the style of the center section.
At the rear, there is a new mesh-shaped section that covers the width of the vehicle above the exhaust pipes. Otherwise, the business does not seem to change much.
The reason for this refresh is that Mini extends the lifespan of its current models beyond the usual average lifespan of six years. The double success of Brexit and the coronavirus epidemic leads BMW, the parent company of Mini, to reduce its costs in order to save 12 billion euros by the end of 2022. It is much cheaper to modify existing vehicles than develop an entirely new one.
The 2019 refresh for the Mini Hardtop was rather minor. The designers installed new headlights and taillights. There were also new interior trim. In terms of technology, an improved infotainment system has a standard 6.5-inch screen or an optional 8.8-inch screen. Given these small adjustments, the company has plenty of room for bigger changes this time. However, these spy shots do not suggest anything revolutionary.
Mini needs all the help they can get because sales are going down. In the United States in 2019, deliveries fell 17.4% to 36,092 vehicles. Things were even worse in the first quarter of 2020, when volume fell 35.1% year-over-year.