Harry Leahey

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Mini has unveiled the new Cooper EV, a fully electric version of its iconic hatchback that comes in two trim levels: Cooper Electric E and Cooper Electric SE.

The first option incorporates a 40.7kWh battery and channels its energy into a solitary electric motor, producing 181bhp and 290Nm of torque. It claims to have a range of up to 190 miles. 

On the other hand, the latter variant boasts an increased battery capacity of 54.2kWh, resulting in power and torque enhancements to 215bhp and 330Nm, respectively. This results in a 0-62mph acceleration time of 6.7 seconds, which is six-tenths of a second quicker than its counterpart. 

MINI states that the Cooper Electric SE offers a maximum range of 250 miles. Charging options for the E and SE models are available at 75 and 95kW, allowing for a 10 to 80 percent recharge in 30-minutes. 

Externally, MINI looks to have opted for a more streamlined and minimalist appearance compared to the car’s predecessor. Up front features a new octagonal grille along with MINI's iconic circular headlights, which now offer three distinct LED running light patterns. At the rear can be found a light strip along the tailgate, which can display welcoming and farewell animations 

By adjusting the car's proportions, more interior space has been liberated, with  200 litres of boot space with the seats up, and 800 litres with the seats folded down. 

In addition to the exterior updates, the interior has undergone a significant redesign. Following the tradition established by every MINI since the brand's revival in 2001, the focal point of the new car's cockpit remains a substantial circular display, which is an ultra-slim OLED screen with a 9.4-inch diameter. 

This component, referred to as the MINI Interaction Unit, will be standard across all models and serves as the central hub for various functions within the car's cabin. 

The new Mini Cooper EV will go on sale in the UK in early 2024. Prices have not yet been announced, but they are expected to start at around £28,000.


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Harry Leahey 06/09/23