MINI has revealed yet another 2021 facelift variant of the John Cooper Works (JCW) 3-door. This follows after the recent launch of the facelift 3-door MINI Cooper S in Malaysia. The last JCW MINI 3 Door facelift was in 2018.

With the 2-year warranty, the MINI JCW 3 door is priced at RM303,289 on-the-road without insurance. With the (now optional) unlimited mileage warranty and service package, the price increases to RM311,259. The new MINI JCW 3 door is also available for online booking via the MINI Online Shop.

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The facelift MINI JCW features extensive exterior changes with a completely new grille design, with a single-piece trim surrounding the entire grille. If anything, it looks larger and more imposing now but in a good way. Unlike how BMW has done it. The side vents by the front bumper have been redesigned too.

At the back, the upgrades appear to aim at more substance over style. The centre of the rear bumper is now occupied by a massive rear diffuser; a more effective design compared to the fake honey combe vents in the pre-facelift model. Adaptive headlamps lie ahead while the taillights continue to feature Union Jack graphics.

Compared to before, the new wheel design looks way more elaborate without straying too far from the original look. Tucked behind is an adaptive suspension system and Brembo brakes; 4-pot calipers in the front.

The New MINI John Cooper Works 3 Door comes in Rebel Green, Midnight Black and White Silver, along with a red roof.

Funnily enough, despite the drastic change in aesthetics, its performance figures remain exactly the same as before. You get 230 hp and 320 Nm from a 2.0-litre turbo engine paired to an 8-speed automatic. Similarly, it’s also expected to do 0 to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds with a top speed of 246 km/h, just like the pre-facelift model.

Inside, perhaps the most drastic change is the new 5-inch fully digital instrument cluster – a long-overdue upgrade for the MINI range as a whole. The digital display is also standard in the facelift MINI Countryman launched in Malaysia recently.

Take a closer look and you’d notice plenty of little, subtle changes everywhere. The illuminated ring around the 8.8-inch infotainment display for example, now features more intricate details. The physical buttons before have been replaced with symbols, with haptic feedback, for a more flush look.

Also new is the air-con vents design and the surface ahead of the front passenger, finished with the MINI Yours Aluminium Interior Surface. A new Nappa leather steering wheel welcomes modern touches, especially with the controls and switches.

On request, the Colour Worlds feature displays synchronised colours in tandem with different driving modes – a standard feature on MINI John Cooper Works models. This allows for colour changes to occur in accordance with the accelerator pedal, steering characteristics, damper movements and gearshift characteristics.

Other standard items include the head-up display, 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, panoramic sunroof and Apple CarPlay. Driver aids consists of lane departure warning, high beam assist and autonomous braking.


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