MINI have now revealed details about their upcoming all-electric Cooper SE model. This is the brand’s first venture into all-electric mobility, but the BMW Group at large has drawn from their experience with the i3 to create this electric hatch.
Here’s what they’ve shown so far.
The car will be front-wheel drive (unlike its PHEV SUV cousin, the MINI Countryman SE PHEV ALL4). It will be powered by a 184hp/270Nm motor that consumes 15 – 13.2kWh/100km. This allows for a 0-100km/h time of 7.3 seconds. The electric motor is lighter and smaller than a conventional petrol or diesel engine. That creates better axle load distribution with a lower centre of gravity (despite being raised about 2cm to accommodate for the new battery pack). The car weighs about 1365kg (+145kg than the Cooper S 3 Door).
Battery & Range
Energy is provided by a high-voltage lithium-ion battery with that’s split into 12 modules. The 32.6 kWh battery forms a T-shaped unit and is placed in the vehicle floor. This gives the MINI Cooper SE roughly 235-270km of range based on preliminary WLTP testing. What’s more, because the battery is placed in the floor, there is no penalty to the luggage space and has the same boot volume as the standard MINI Cooper 3-Door (211 L or 731 L with back seats folded). The battery can be charged from a household socket, a wallbox or public charging stations. Fast DC charging up to 50KW is possible as well.
Other Key Highlights
The new MINI Cooper SE takes many design characterisitcs from the Cooper 3-Door, but adds model-specific accents as seen on the Countryman SE PHEV model. Both the outside and inside feature model-specific items including a display and control element unseen in previous MINIs. Standard equipment include LED headlamps, 2-zone automatic air conditioning, electric parking brake and Connected Navigation.
Energy recuperation can be configured at 2 levels, so single pedal driving is possible.