MINI COOPER ENGINE DESIGNATIONS FOR 3RD GENERATION F-SERIES MODELS - 2020 Update

The 3rd generation F-series models were introduced in 2013 with the 2014 F56 Hardtop model. The other body styles were introduced in the following years. They included:

2014 F56 MINI Cooper and Cooper S Hardtop
2015 F55 MINI Cooper and Cooper S Hardtop 4-Door
2016 F57 MINI Cooper and Cooper S Convertible
2016 F54 MINI Cooper and Cooper S Clubman
2017 F60 MINI Cooper and Cooper S Countryman  

Both the F56 Hardtop and F55 Hardtop 4-door models were initially  introduced with the B38 1.5 liter 3-cylinder engine for the Cooper and B48 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine for the Cooper S. However these engines had to be updated to newer US emissions standards so all models switched to the B36 engine for the Cooper and B46 engine for the Cooper S during 2015. These engines were used until the 'facelift'.

2019 FACELIFT

The entire model range was updated with the 2019 model year where they were 'refreshed' or received a 'facelift'. These updated models were called the LCI (Life Cycle Impulse) models or the 'facelift' models. Below are the changes to the engine designations:

Cooper non-S models with the 1.5 liter 3-cylinder engines:

  • pre-facelift up thru 2018 model years - B38/B36 engine
  • post facelift from 2019 model year - B36C engine

Cooper S models with the 2.0 4-cylinder engines:

  • pre-facelift up thru 2018 model years - B48 / B46 engine
  • post facelift from 2019 model year - B46C engine

JCW models with the 2.0 4-cylinder engine:

  • pre-facelift up thru 2018 model year - B48 engine
  • post facelift from 2019 for F56 Hardtop and F57 Convertible - B46D engine
  • post facelift from 2019 model year for F54 Clubman and F60 Countryman - B48E engine