If you’ve been following MotoringFile you’ll know that MINI is splitting its core model – the Cooper – into two very different products. The car that’s gotten all the press lately is of course the all new J01 electric MINI Cooper. Built on a bespoke electric platform, it represents the future of the brand in the eyes of BMW. But for anyone not ready to go electric MINI will offer a heavily revised F56 MINI Cooper known as the F66 family of cars. However MINI has been extremely tight-lipped on launch timing for the F66. Luckily we’ve got answers.
The F66 MINI Cooper will be a heavily revised version o the F56 complete with an almost identical exterior design complete with new trim, lights and wheels among other things. Inside the F66 will take the interior from the J01 complete with circular screen, new materials and a very different layout.
Produced in Oxford, the F66 will take over as the F56 ends production in February of 2024. That means we’ll see the first F66 MINI Coopers roll off the line next March as the plant begins it’s pivots into a new generation of MINIs.
|The F66 MINI Cooper Family||Drivetrain||Start of Production|
|F66 MINI Cooper||155 HP (Petrol)||03/2024|
|F66 MINI Cooper S||200 HP (Petrol)||03/2024|
|F66 MINI Cooper JCW||231 HP (Petrol)||03/2024*|
|F65 MINI Cooper 5 Door||155 HP (Petrol)||07/2024|
|F65 MINI Cooper S 5 Door||200 HP (Petrol)||07/2024|
|F67 MINI Cooper Convertible||155 HP (Petrol)||11/2024|
|F67 MINI Cooper S Convertible||200 HP (Petrol)||11/2024|
|F67 MINI Cooper JCW Convertible||231 HP (Petrol)||03/2025*|
As you can see above the changeover will happen in three phases. The first is the iconic two door Cooper which should be available at launch in Cooper and Cooper S models. We believe MINI will formally begin production of the JCW version of the F66 a little alter in July but that’s yet to be confirmed. There’s still a chance we could see that actually happen in March as well.
Next will be the five door F65 MINI Cooper launch in both Cooper and Cooper S models. Finally the brand will launch its last ever ICE car, the F67 convertible in Cooper and Cooper S models. We believe the JCW F67 will either launch simultaneously or follow in March of 2025.
Official Release and Ordering Dates
Because MINI is aggressively becoming an electric brand, it’s appears to be much more focused on the launch of the J01 and electric Countryman for the time being. That leaves the F66 in an interesting spot given that it will likely be a volume seller in markets such as the US. While we don’t have concrete info on official release or ordering dates yet, the fact that our sources aren’t telling us anything yet would likely indicate that MINI will wait until closer to the the start of production in March 2024 to formally launch the car.
For much more on the F66 family of internal combustion MINIs, head to the F66 section of MotoringFile where we details everything from the single exhaust to the revised power output.
The F66 2025 MINI Cooper Gallery
This is Just the Start – An Entire New MINI Family is Coming
Beyond the F66 there’s much more coming form the MINI brand. The new J01 MINI Cooper electric and U25 MINI Countryman (electric) will begin production this November with the the internal combustion U25 Countryman starting in Q1 2024. Finally we’ll see the all electric MINI Aceman crossover which effectively takes the place of the beloved MINI Clubman. The Aceman will be a small crossover roughly the size of the original MINI Countryman and will be released late next year.
For more coverage of the new generation MINI released recently, check out the following articles and videos.
MINI Cooper EV: Premier | MINI Cooper EV: Hands-On Review | MINI Cooper EV: Video Review
MINI Countryman EV: Premier | MINI Countryman EV: Hands-On Review | MINI Countryman EV: Video Review
New MINI Family: 1st Look Video | MINI Circular Display & MINI OS9 Hands-On Review