Mini is set to introduce the all-electric Mini Cooper E and SE models in the summer of 2024. The three-door version of the vehicle will be offered with both electric and petrol engine options.
The petrol engine variant will be manufactured at the Oxford plant in the United Kingdom, while the electric Mini will be produced in China through a partnership with Great Wall.
In terms of exterior design, the Mini E and Cooper SE are currently being presented as prototypes, but they provide a preliminary look at the vehicle’s aesthetics. Notable features include circular LED headlights, a closed front grille, a contoured front hood with a “vent,” a classic windshield shape with a sharp taper and rearward offset, a slightly curved roof, sturdy shoulder-mounted mirrors, slightly extended wheel arches, typical upright rear lights, a new trim strip, and a robust rear bumper.
Unlike the trend of increasing size in new models, the Mini Cooper maintains its compact dimensions, measuring 3.8 meters in length, two centimeters less than before. The overhangs have also been reduced by three centimeters, allowing the wheels to be positioned closer to the corners. The three-door car has also undergone a slight weight reduction program, resulting in a weight well below the current 1,440 kilograms. Buyers will still have the opportunity to personalize their Mini according to their preferences.
The interior of the Mini Cooper offers improved passenger space due to the flat vehicle floor. The driver will find a newly designed two-spoke steering wheel and, upon looking behind it, a spacious area. All essential information is displayed on the central circular OLED screen located in the dashboard.
The iconic toggle switch remains a key feature in the Mini, while some chrome surfaces have been eliminated. Additionally, both models will utilize a traditional ignition key for starting.
Customers will have a choice between two electric drivetrains. The Mini Cooper E is equipped with a 40 kWh battery, delivering 184 horsepower, while the Cooper SE boasts a 54 kWh battery with 224 horsepower. Both models feature front-wheel drive and are expected to offer a range of up to 400 kilometers. The maximum charging power supported by fast chargers is 130 kW.
Around a year after the initial release, Mini plans to introduce the John Cooper Works version, which will offer approximately 250 horsepower. This high-performance model will compete with rivals such as the Alpine R5 and the Abarth 500e.
In addition to the electric models, Mini will continue to offer the three-door variant with a petrol engine. The electric version will be manufactured in China and will be available with different battery sizes. A JCW version with around 250 horsepower will also be introduced. The Mini Cooper will be offered with various drive options, but it will only come with front-wheel drive.