MINI already has hybrid models on the road (e.g., the Cooper SE Countryman All4), but the beloved British brand is poised to release its first mass produced all-electric vehicle soon. The 2020 MINI Cooper SE Hardtop may be a first for the automaker – but it won’t be the last.
Details about the Cooper SE are still scarce, but MINI has let a few slip. For example, the electric vehicle will have the same powertrain as the BMW i3. Engineers made some tweaks, such as shifting the driven wheels and electronics to the front end, to accommodate the Cooper S architecture. The i3 has a range of about 114 miles; the Cooper SE is expected to deliver about the same.
To accommodate for the extra weight of the battery (the SE is about 384 pounds heavier than a base Cooper), MINI borrows the springs from the Clubman and Countryman, uses unique dampers, and elevates the ride by 0.6 inch.
MINI engineers balanced the goals of adapting to full electric capability with retaining that classic zip and handling. From test drives, they more than accomplished that mission. The added weight doesn’t hinder performance, and the Cooper SE moves effortlessly through twists and turns. More good news: thanks to the 170 hp boost in power, the electric MINI feels faster than a gas-powered MINI Hardtop.
The brand has said they plan on introducing more fully electric models to the family soon.
The 2020 MINI Cooper SE Hardtop will roll out early next year and is expected to be priced similarly to gas models. If you have your eye on a MINI electric vehicle, come in and speak to the experts at Braman MINI of Palm Beach. We’re happy to answer your questions about this model or others that strike your fancy.