2024 BMW’s Electric Mini Cooper Unveiled: Fully Revealed As Urban Three-Door Hatchback
After several leaks and official teases over the past six months, the eagerly awaited electric Mini Cooper has been officially unveiled by the BMW-owned British automaker. The zero-emission three-door hatchback will make its public debut at IAA 2023 in Munich on September 5. The new electric Mini Cooper will be available in two versions: Mini Cooper E and Mini Cooper SE.
Impressive Electric Performance
- Base Model: The entry-level version features a front-mounted electric motor producing 181 horsepower (135 kW) and 213 lb-ft (290 Nm) of torque. This setup allows the electric hatch to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 7.3 seconds.
- Cooper SE: Stepping up to the Cooper SE model increases power and torque to 214 hp (160 kW) and 243 lb-ft (330 Nm), respectively, resulting in a quicker 0 to 62 mph time of 6.7 seconds.
Battery and Range
- Mini Cooper E: Equipped with a 40.7-kilowatt-hour battery, this model achieves a WLTP-rated range of 189 miles (305 kilometers) and can DC fast charge at up to 75 kW. It can also charge on AC power at up to 11 kW.
- Cooper SE: The more powerful Cooper SE boasts a slightly larger 54.2-kWh battery pack, extending the estimated range to 249 miles (402 km). It supports DC fast charging at a rate of 95 kW.
Design and Features
- Exterior: The new Mini Cooper retains the brand’s iconic circular LED headlights and introduces a new octagonal grille. The vehicle’s aerodynamics have been improved, achieving a drag coefficient of 0.28 cd.
- Interior: The cabin features a minimalist design with a central 9.44-inch (240 millimeters) display running the Mini Operating System 9. The dashboard has been streamlined, and a redesigned toggle bar integrates essential controls.
Practicality and Trims
- Cargo Space: The Mini Cooper offers 200 liters of storage in the trunk with the rear seats up, expandable to 800 liters by folding down the 60:40 split rear seat.
- Trim Options: Buyers can choose from four trims: Essential, Classic, Favoured, and JCW, each offering various personalization options and interior finishes.
Platform and Production
- Spotlight EV Platform: The electric Mini Cooper is built on the Spotlight EV platform, a collaboration between the BMW Group and Great Wall Motor.
- Production: Manufacturing of the new electric Mini will commence in China later this year, joining Mini’s revamped lineup alongside the upcoming Mini Countryman and Mini Aceman models.
This highly anticipated electric Mini Cooper promises a blend of performance, style, and eco-friendliness as it joins the growing market of electric vehicles.