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Leaked images have provided the first uncamouflaged glimpse of the all-new MINI EV, ahead of its anticipated launch early next year. 


Interior shots remain underwraps, but from what can be seen from the outside, the car looks set to retain MINI's distinctive circular-shaped infotainment screen like the outgoing Mini hatchback. 


The vehicle's second generation, now named the Cooper, will be manufactured in China on a newly developed front-wheel-drive platform created by BMW's joint venture with Great Wall, known as Spotlight Automotive. 


A separate platform will be used to produce a petrol-powered version of the car which will be built in Oxford. 


Until specifications are confirmed, the Cooper EV is predicted to have a comparable 181 bhp output to the existing MINI Electric, and an approximate 0-62mph acceleration time of 7.0 seconds. The more potent Cooper SE is expected to follow, as well as a range-topping John Cooper Works model. 


The anticipated launch date for the MINI Cooper EV is May 2024, and it is rumoured to be priced at over £30,000. The petrol version is scheduled to be released approximately two months afterwards.

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Harry Leahey 13/04/23