Over the past few months we’ve been exclusively reporting on the next generation MINI Cooper and Countryman, showing off some radical new details that will usher in a new era for the brand. However we haven’t had clarity on launch dates for each of the models until today. What we’ve found, through the help of our sources, is a radical approach that will rapidly revamp MINI’s entire family quicker than any of us expected. In an ongoing series, we’re exclusively reporting on the launch dates of the next generation MINIs, starting with the iconic petrol powered (ICE) MINI Cooper.

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The F66 MINI Cooper testing in the Arctic circle last week.

The 2025 F66 MINI Cooper

MINI isn’t letting go of internal combustion engines (ICE) yet. In an unprecedented move there will be two next generation MINI Coopers (hatches) built on opposite ends of the planet on two different platforms. This move will allow MINI to offer innovative electric offerings while still selling to the traditional ICE market for as long as possible. But key to this will be upgrading the F56 to a more modern spec in terms of tech.

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The F66 MINI Cooper – not the camouflage designed to make it look like the F56.

As you can tell by its codename, the F66 is an evolution of the F56 which is shared a chassis with. However MINI is refreshing the exterior design to better match the all new J01 electric MINI Cooper. That means we’ll see revised lights front and rear and even a slightly shortened front overhang. The key theme appears to be creating design consistency with the future of the brand – the all electric J01 MINI Cooper. The goal is clearly to unify the design language across all models allowing consumers to have a choice that feels strictly about the propulsion system and nothing else.

But what we didn’t know was MINI’s aggressive launch plans. As you can see below MINI will start production of the heavily revised F66 in March of 2024. Deliveries should start in April (for the UK and EU) and May for the US market.

F66 MINI Cooper (ICE) / Oxford, EnglandStart of Production
F66 ICE Cooper 3 door03/2024 (07/24 – US)
F66 ICE Cooper S 3 door03/2024
F66 ICE Cooper JCW 3 doorTBD
F65 ICE Cooper 5 door07/2024 (11/24 – US)
F65 ICE Cooper S 5 door07/2024
F67 ICE Cooper Convertible11/2024
F67 ICE Cooper S Convertible11/2024
F67 ICE JCW ConvertibleTBD

For all of our reporting on the next generation F66 ICE MINI Cooper, check out the F66 section of MotoringFile.

2025 F66 MINI Cooper Gallery