This year's updates bring subtle changes to available interior color options and the entry-level 15-inch wheels on the 2012 MINI Cooper, but otherwise carry forward the previous model's modern-classic styling.
The characteristic MINI proportions, with a short nose, flat roof, and retro-referential design elements are all still to be found on the exterior, while inside, the new color options spruce up the quirky, occasionally funky interior design.
New color choices include cross-check cloth/leather in Polar Beige, plus Satellite Gray Lounge Leather and Carbon Black cloth/leather. The new wheels on the base models features seven holes, replacing the five-star "Spooler" wheel of last year.
Highlights of the carryover styling elements include functional brake ducts on Cooper S models, more styling differentiation between trim lines, and, inside, more black trim and less chrome.
As always, the MINI is continues to be one of the most customizable mainstream vehicles available, with a huge array of color combinations, interior choices, and graphics packages for order, enhanced for 2012 by the introduction of the MINI Yours customization program, which offers a new two-tone leather dash and steering wheel, custom alloy wheels, special mirror caps, and unique upholstery patterns.