A production version of the 2020 Mini Cooper SE has been unveiled. It features a typical MINI design, a zero-emissions powertrain, a decent driving range up to 168 miles (WLTP) or 114 miles (EPA).
The 2020 Mini Cooper SE is the first fully electric vehicle of the premium brand. It was presented as a concept car at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Now a production car is revealed.
The maker uses a traditional “go kart” handling. Thanks to a 32.6-kWh (fast-charged from a 50-kW DC point in 35 min to 80%) and a 184-hp (135 kW) electric motor (199 lb-ft / 270 Nm), the car can run 146-168 miles (235-270 km) on a single charge (European circle) or 114 miles (183 km) EPA-rated.
Acceleration to 62 mph (100 km/h) takes 7.3 sec, the top speed is 93 mph (150 km/h). The drive is front-wheel one.
The 2020 Mini Cooper SE is the first BMW Group’s EV with adjustable regenerative braking. Four driving modes are available including one pedal driving.
A stability-control system serves to cope with instantaneous torque from the electric motor.
The distinctive exterior elements are a front grille with yellow accents, a rear diffuser missing exhaust tips, a unique badge, certain fender and mirror trim, 16- or 17-inch wheels.
Inside a model-specific 5.5-inch digital gauge cluster with a new graphic design dominates. A 6.5 central touchscreen which shows navigation is standard, while an 8.8-inch one is optional.
MINI will offer several color variants and three trim levels for the SE. The owners will be able to heat or cool the cabin through a smartphone application.
A special heat-pump design helps save energy. All SE cars will have dual-zone automatic climate control.
The cargo space under the tailgate is 211 liters (731 liters with the rear seats folded).
The Mini Cooper SE will go on sale early next year. Production begins in November at the plant in Oxford (Great Britain).
Prices for America have not been announced yet. In Europe the base car’s cost starts from €32,000.