With MINI’s 60th Anniversary happening this year it was a perfect time for the brand to reinvent itself to the electric future. The MINI Cooper SE retains the concept looks, but we all know with a MINI it’s what it makes you feel and what is under the hood that makes it that infamous MINI Go Kart.
MINI’s timeless design has been wrapped into the plugin & digital world with the first full production EV from MINI with deliveries in March 2020. It will be another first part of the electrification of the range as 25 new electric models are coming by 2023.
Let’s talk facts, figures & Features:
The on the road price is £24,400 with the £3,500 government grant included with cash.
If you’re going down the lease option, it will be monthly rentals from £299 plus £4,000 initial rental for a 48-month Personal Contract Hire agreement.
The Electric Motor is from the BMW i3s, so it has 135 kW/ (181 hp) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft)
0 to 37 in 3.9 seconds, 0 to 60 in 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 93.2 mph
The battery is T-shaped which sits in the floor pan and is rated at 32.6 kWh
Range: 124 – 144 miles (WLTP) – 235 – 270 km (NEDC)
Weight: 1365kg (3009 lbs)
Charging: 50KW rapid charge allows 80% charge in 35 minutes or full charge on a type 2 home charger is 3 and a half hours via traditional fuel cap location
MINI Cooper SE sits 15mm higher than normal models for battery clearance
Only available in Automatic
3 Trims levels:
Standard Equipment (£24,400)- Connected Navigation, LED headlamps, electric parking brake, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, heating with heat pump technology, auxiliary heating & 3 years of free apple CarPlay
Mid (Extra £2,000 – £26,400) – Keyless Entry/Start, heated seats, the driving assistant pack, part leatherette trim, a rear-view camera and parking sensors and an armrest.
Top (Extra £6,000 – £30,400) – 8.8in ‘XL’ infotainment screen, full leather, a panoramic glass roof, adaptive matrix LED lights, a head-up display and a Harman Kardon sound system.
Warranty: Similiar to BMW i3 with 8 years cover and 100,000 miles coverage
Four Driving Modes: Sport, MID, Green & Green+
All New DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) has been made due to instant torque
First MINI to have a fully digital Sat Nav dashboard & 5.5 Inch Digital Speedo
New LED Fog lights with Halo design like the 2nd Generation R56
Boot space remains the same as petrol & diesel & interior space
MINI created a distinctive sound for the Cooper SE via a speaker system for low speeds
If you don’t like the ‘Energetic Yellow’ detailing you can tone it down with ‘Vigorous Grey’ finish. Same with the new wheel design you can change to any other wheel designs from the MINI model range.
The Start/Stop glows green with unique sound instead of Red in the combustion MINI
Revised plastic wheel arch trims on all four corners
Revised front and rear bumpers with the front bumper being 19mm longer
Revised new wing mirrors
Available in Left & Right-hand drive
MINI Cooper S E is £635 cheaper than MINI Cooper S Classic Auto of equivalent spec but is 145kg heavier but has 30 mm lower centre of gravity
The MINI Cooper SE will be built in the Oxford, UK, unlike the MINI Countryman & MINI Convertible which is made VDL Nedcar in Born, Netherlands.
Orders are being taken from today, with first deliveries in March 2020. Customers wishing to book a production slot can place a £500 deposit either with a MINI retailer or online at www.mini.co.uk
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