As the brand’s first series-production electric vehicle, the new Mini Cooper SE is one of the highlights you’ll find at their Frankfurt Motor Show stand this year.
The zero-emissions variant of the Mini hatch is powered by a 181 HP (184 PS) electric motor and a 32.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, giving it a driving range between 146 to 168 miles (235 to 270km).
Thanks to the electric powertrain’s instant response, straight-line performance is quite swift according to Mini, which says that 0-37 mph (60km/h) comes in 3.9 seconds and 0-62 mph (100km/h) is a matter of 7.3 seconds.
The chassis hosts the battery in its floor, as we’ve learned to expect from EVs these days, for a lower center of gravity while the suspension is model-specific to tackle the increased weight and still offer “remarkable handling agility and cornering dynamics”.
Mini also says that having a battery in its floor means that the new Mini Cooper SE offers the exact same room for passengers and their luggage with a ICE-engined Mini three-door hatch. Standard equipment is rather generous and includes LED headlights, a new digital instrument cluster, two-zone automatic air conditioning, a heating system with heat pump technology, auxiliary heating and stationary air conditioning functions, plus Connected Navigation.
Mini will also offer the new Cooper SE with four equipment packages from launch, ensuring that the company’s customers will be able to tailor their new EV at their preferred spec. Production of the battery-electric Mini Cooper SE is set to begin this November at the brand’s factory in Oxford.
Mini has reportedly received more than 45,000 expressions of interest for its first series-production battery-electric model, which is priced from €32,500 in Germany and from £27,900 in the UK, before incentives. The first deliveries are expected to take place in early 2020.