The all-electric 2020 Mini Cooper S E has been spotted multiple times during testing but never without the camouflage.
Until now, that is, as Mini’s first mass-produced EV has been completely undisguised in the United States during an official photo shoot. Our photographers managed to snap several shots of the electric hatch wearing California plates. As you can see, the Mini Cooper S E looks exactly as you’d expect given the spy shots we’ve seen so far and especially the 2017 Mini Electric Concept.
The production model borrows a lot from said study, including the closed-off grille with yellow accents and Mini Electric logo, the funky alloy wheels, right-hand-side charging port, and presumably the updated rear fascia — which is the only element that still remains covered on the car.
Unfortunately, the sharp body kit seen on the Mini Electric Concept does not make it to production and neither do the sleek light units. Instead, the Mini Cooper S E looks just like a regular Cooper S model that happens to be electric.
Underneath the skin, the Mini Cooper S E is expected to feature the updated powertrain from the BMW i3S. That’s a 44.2-kWh 120 Ah battery pack feeding an electric motor rated at 184 PS (181 hp) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque. Expect a similar range of around 170 miles (274 km) in the WLTP cycle. Unlike the i3, however, the Mini Cooper S E will be front-wheel drive.
The 2020 Mini Cooper S E is expected to arrive at dealers in late 2019 or early 2020.