The MINI brand celebrates its 60th anniversary with a launch of the new MINI Electric hatchback next year. Journalist caught spotted prototypes during tests in Austria.
This model can be called the most radical in the history of MINI. It will the first electric vehicle of the brand put on the assembly line for mass production, and the first premium small hatch on sale sitting above the Renault Zoe. As far as we know, it’ll be the three-door car, at least, at start.
The model’s prototypes are being tested in the Austrian Alps. Company engineers are checking mechanical set-ups. As we can see, the car got the aerodynamically designed wheels.
According to MINI spokesman, the company is transiting now from cars with ICEs to electrified vehicles and wishes to demonstrate the difference between them.
The MINI Electric borrows some technologies from the parent BMW. In particular, a larger 42 kWh battery is expected, than that on the BMW i3.
It should provide a driving range of up to 200 miles (322 km) according to WLTP.
The new subcompact car will likely offer similar performance to the petrol-powered Cooper S hatchback (acceleration to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 7.0 seconds).
At the same time, the manufacturer makes hints that the EV may be closer to more potent John Cooper Works cars.
Source: Auto Express