The new MINI Cooper electric It is just around the corner. BMW, the parent company of the iconic English company, has quietly revealed many details about the new generation of the popular utility vehicle in recent weeks, which will only be offered with a three-door body.
If just a few days ago they were published the first image of the vehicle completely devoid of camouflage, now The typical vinyls of the development units have been resleeved for the first contact with the specialized press. An opportunity seized by the company to provide some technical specifications until now unknown.
The refreshed MINI Cooper Electric will initially be available in two versions: Cooper E The 184 CV (135 kW), y Cooper SE, at 218 CV (160 kW). Both will be manufactured in China, as the platform was developed by Spotlight Automotive, a corporate between the Great Wall group and BMW itself.
According to the people responsible for the brand, the location of the batteries under the floor will provide an optimal weight distribution, which will result in better stability. This, together with the instantaneous and constant acceleration provided by the electric motor, will strengthen the agile behavior go-kart so typical of the MINI.
MINI Cooper Electric will have up to 400 kilometers of autonomy
The Cooper E will be equipped with the battery 40.7 kWh and Cooper SE of 54.2 kWh, which will translate into an approved autonomy of between 300 and 400 km under the European WLTP cycle. This will be a significant improvement over the MINI Cooper SE’s current 234 km WLTP, allowing it to compete head-to-head with the FIAT 500e (330 km WLTP).
Although it will measure practically the same as its predecessor, the new generation will be quite disturbed in aesthetic terms (at least for what MINI is used to), since it will lose elements such as the shell-type hood, the chrome and the wheel arches in black plastic. In addition, pilots will adopt a more aggressive triangular shape.
Originally launched in 2020, the all-electric MINI Cooper SE saw sales increase 25.5% in 2022. become by far the most popular MINI model, with more than 43,000 units sold worldwide last year. One in five MINIs on the road is now electric. The success of the MINI was recently demonstrated by the production of the millionth MINI 3-door of the current generation.”