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MINI is embracing its heritage with a back-to-basics, retro-inspired interior design for the upcoming 2024 Cooper EV, drawing inspiration from Alec Issigonis's original 1959 car.

Unveiled ahead of its official launch, the new Mini's cockpit promises to be "more Mini than ever before." 

The focal point of the redesigned interior is a large central touchscreen, reminiscent of the central speedometer found in all MINI hatch models since the original Austin Seven.

Rather than a digital gauge cluster, the screen will feature a new  infotainment interface, and a head up display will present critical information such as speed and directions.

Like the current-gen MINI electric, physical switchers for the climate control remain below the circular-shaped infotainment screen and redesigned steering wheel,  while the driver selector has become a leaver on the steering column.  

Across the knitted dashboard are integrated LED lights, and the centre console includes two cup holders, two USB-C charging ports, and a storage cubby.

The car also boasts a variety of driving soundtracks and jingles to deliver a more "immersive" driving experience. The four sounds available are Core, Go-kart, Timeless, and Balance, which react accordingly as the car accelerates. 

New models of the Aceman and Countryman will have their own soundtracks when they arrive next year.  

The next-gen MINI electric will be manufactured in China on a new front-wheel-drive platform developed by Spotlight Automotive, a joint venture between BMW and Great Wall.

The electric Cooper will be available for purchase in 2024, with a claimed range of 242-miles using a 40 kWh battery. Charging details and battery arrangements are yet to be confirmed by MINI. 

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Harry Leahey 20/07/23