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Mini Cooper electric receives refreshed design

What To Know

  • Leading the charge is the Mini Cooper E, equipped with a robust 135 kW/184 hp motor, 290Nm of torque, and an impressive zero-to-62 mph acceleration time of just 7.
  • Notably, the Mini SE pushes the envelope further, boasting a remarkable 250-mile range, enhanced performance with a maximum torque of 330Nm, 160 kW/218 hp, and a sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 6.
  • The idea behind it is a design that gives each new MINI model a strong, individual character and is characterized by a clear, reduced design language intuitively focused on the essentials of the brand.
  • In parallel to this exciting Mini Cooper revelation, BMW has also introduced the third-generation Mini Countryman, marking the debut of an all-electric model for the crossover SUV.

BMW has unveiled the fifth-generation Mini Cooper, marking a significant milestone as it introduces the first Mini Cooper EV with a distinct design that sets it apart from its traditional combustion engine counterparts. Leading the charge is the Mini Cooper E, equipped with a robust 135 kW/184 hp motor, 290Nm of torque, and an impressive zero-to-62 mph acceleration time of just 7.3 seconds.

What’s truly exciting is its extended range, which now spans from 145 to 190 miles. Notably, the Mini SE pushes the envelope further, boasting a remarkable 250-mile range, enhanced performance with a maximum torque of 330Nm, 160 kW/218 hp, and a sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 6.7 seconds.

Charging is also a breeze, with the batteries capable of charging from 10 percent to 80 percent in under 30 minutes.

The aesthetics of the fifth-generation Mini Cooper embrace what the company aptly dubs “Charismatic Simplicity,” emphasizing the car’s modern features while drawing inspiration from its rich history. Oliver Heilmer, the head of Mini Design, elaborated on this approach, stating, “Inspired by our history, we have developed our own new design language, defining our DNA. The idea behind it is a design that gives each new MINI model a strong, individual character and is characterized by a clear, reduced design language intuitively focused on the essentials of the brand.”

Externally, this fresh design incorporates larger wheels, sleek flush door handles, and the elimination of fender flares. Inside, the design pays homage to the original 1959 Mini, featuring a prominent “round instrument cluster” at the forefront, complemented by toggles below it.

A modern twist comes in the form of a 9.5-inch high-resolution OLED display, introducing the Mini Operating System 9, offering everything from media to apps. The Mini Cooper also introduces its inaugural “intelligent personal assistant,” featuring an animated Mini character or Spike, the iconic blue and white English Bulldog helper initially unveiled in April. This assistant provides seamless control over navigation, entertainment, and more, simply by uttering “Hey Mini” or using the push-to-talk button.

The fifth-generation Mini Cooper brings forth additional innovations, such as the optional Parking Assistant Plus, equipped with 12 sensors and four cameras, and the Green Mode, designed to extend battery life. Furthermore, it introduces four new trim options: Essential, Classic, Favored, and JCW.

In parallel to this exciting Mini Cooper revelation, BMW has also introduced the third-generation Mini Countryman, marking the debut of an all-electric model for the crossover SUV. This iteration is slightly taller and longer than its predecessor, offering enhanced capabilities.

The Mini Countryman E impresses with an astounding 287-mile range, powered by a 150 kW/204 hp motor producing 250Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the Mini Cooper Countryman SE delivers a bit more punch, boasting 230 kW/313 hp and 494Nm of torque, although with a slightly shorter range of 269 miles.

These updates are accompanied by a revamped toggle bar featuring five switches, improved aerodynamics, and wider wheel arches.

This electrifying move aligns seamlessly with BMW’s overarching vision of transitioning the Mini lineup to be entirely electric by the year 2030, underlining their commitment to sustainable mobility and innovation.

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