New electric Mini Cooper SE revealed … and confirmed for SA!

New electric Mini Cooper SE revealed … and confirmed for SA!

New electric Mini Cooper SE revealed … and confirmed for SA!

We're pretty sure that the 500 USA owners of the Mini E from 2008 would disagree, but there's no questioning the fact that this new Cooper SE is a better vehicle and one that was designed from the get-go to incorporate batteries and an electric motor.

The new Mini Cooper SE has been revealed as the brand's first fully electric model. and it's headed to South Africa in "limited quantities" in the first quarter of 2021.

That electric motor sends 181 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque right from zero rpm to the front wheels.

If this is the case it would be powered by a 34kWh battery which could produce around 120-miles of range on a single charge.

MINI has just launched its first-ever fully electric, zero emissions model in the Cooper SE, a auto that features a 135 kW (184 PS / 181 HP) motor, front wheel drive and a lithium-ion battery that offers a range of 235 to 270 km (146 to 167 miles). Mini quotes a range of 235 to 270 kilometers (146 to 168 miles) "based on the new WLTP test cycle and adapted to NEDC for comparison purposes". Not a lot of charging info has been released, either, but Mini says it can be charged at up to 50 kW, allowing for an 80 percent charge in 35 minutes using a DC fast charger.

The SE will have multiple regenerative-braking modes, with one offering one-pedal driving. The SE has different suspension tuning, a stability-control system created to deal with the instantaneous torque from the electric motor, and four driving modes, including a Green+ mode designed for maximum efficiency that disables or limits features such as climate control.

Mini has pulled the covers off its first mass production electric auto, and it's coming to South Africa, albeit in limited volumes, with the first units expected to touch down in the first quarter of 2021.

Outside, the charge port is above the right-hand rear wheel, and gets a door with an embossed MINI Electric logo.

Further styling features include the yellow decorative bar on the front fascia, more yellow on the exterior mirror caps, standard LED headlights and optional 17-inch alloy wheels with an asymmetrical design. The large central information screen is still there, with touchscreens available in 5.5-, 6.5- and 8.8-inch sizes. A full EV version of the three-door hatch complete with a 124-mile range, three trim levels and a starting price of £24,400.

It will still be the sportiest Mini, with quicker powertrain responses, and a lower center of gravity, than the gas-powered Mini Cooper S. After coming away impressed by our stint in a prototype, we're excited to get our hands on the new electric Mini.

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