The new MINI Cooper Electric has been unveiled, with a new powertrain delivering an improved range of 190 miles for the E model or 250 miles for the SE model.
The Cooper E has a 40.7 kWh battery which provides up to 190 miles of electric range (WLTP). A 135 kW/184 hp electric motor generates torque of 290 Nm and delivers a 0 to 62mph acceleration time of 7.3 seconds. The MINI Cooper Electric E will be priced from £30,000.
The Cooper SE has a larger 54.2 kWh battery, giving a longer range of up to 250 miles. An output of 160 kW/218 hp and torque of 330 Nm allows a 0 to 62mph acceleration time of 6.7 seconds. The MINI Cooper Electric SE will cost from £34,500.
The Cooper E can be rapid charged at up to 75 kW DC and the Cooper SE at up to 95 kW, allowing a 10% to 80% charge in less than 30 minutes. Maximum AC charging is 11 kW.
The 3-door E and the SE models are available in three trim levels in the UK – Classic, Exclusive and Sport. The Exclusive trim adds additional exterior design elements and the Sport trim offers a distinctive front and rear design. First customer deliveries will take place in spring 2024.
The new MINI can be identified by a new octagonal grille and circular headlights which are offered with three unique light signatures for the first time.
There’s a 200-litre boot, which can be increased to 800 litres by folding down the rear seats.
The main feature on the dashboard is the central OLED display with a diameter of 240mm and MINI Operating System 9; all vehicle functions can be operated with either touch or voice control, while the display has been moved closer to the driver for easy reach. The upper half of the screen displays vehicle-related information such as speed and battery status, and can be tapped to be displayed full screen, while the lower area houses Navigation, Media, Phone and Climate.
Swiping up from the lower edge of the screen reveals a tool belt where favourite functions can be stored and called up rapidly. The temperature for the driver and front passenger is permanently displayed on the left and right-hand edge of the screen. The climate control settings are integrated into the MINI Interaction Unit and can be adjusted on the top layer by touch or voice command.
The new MINI Navigation provides maps and directions in realistic 3D visualisations, displaying complicated turning situations, current traffic levels and assistance with parking with information on parking options, digital payment methods and more. A charge-optimised route can be calculated for the all-electric MINI Cooper.
Seven MINI Experience modes are available on the new MINI Cooper Electric: Core, Green, Go-Kart, Personal, Vibrant, Timeless and Balance. A MINI projector housed on the back of the OLED display immerses the dashboard in matching colour schemes and patterns.