The Mini Cooper SE electric vehicle has already been uncovered during a photo shoot in the United States yet the British brand is acting as if nothing happened, carrying on with their teaser campaign.
This clip depicts the Cooper SE EV as a “muscle car”, with a close-to-series prototype of the new model proving how strong Mini’s first mass-produced EV is by towing a Boeing 777F freight aircraft with an unladen weight of around 150 tons (300,000 lbs).
Obviously, everything was filmed for promotional purposes with the result being a 45-second commercial that you can watch below. The film marks the start of a number of social media videos that will portray the Mini Cooper SE “in an exciting and entertaining manner.”
Mini’s EV will go into production at BMW Group’s Oxford plant in the UK in November 2019. Based on the Mini Hatch (or Hardtop as it is known in the U.S.), the Cooper SE promises to combine emissions-free driving with the brand’s typical go-kart feeling.
According to the automaker, the model’s electric motor will offer “spontaneous power delivery with a high level of torque available directly from standing.” That is all Mini is willing to divulge about the Cooper SE for now.
The electric drivetrain is expected to be shared with the BMW i3S, except for the rear-wheel-drive setup. That means the Mini Cooper SE could pack a 44.2-kWh 120 Ah battery feeding an electric motor rated at 184 PS (181 hp) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque. If that’s the case, the electric Mini should offer a range of around 170 miles (274 km) in the WLTP cycle.