Next-gen Mini Cooper EV To Make its Debut In May 2024
More information on the second-generation all-electric Cooper EV’s drivetrain has been released by Mini. While the BMW-owned business works to achieve complete electrification by the end of the decade, the Next-gen Mini Cooper EV will serve as the cornerstone for a “revolution” of the brand’s wider lineup.
The next-gen Mini Cooper EV will make its debut in the world in May 2024, and the petrol version will follow in July. Mini CEO Stefanie Wurst stated that the company has returned to its “roots” with the Cooper, as opposed to the Mini hatchback as it was formerly known, for the brand’s heartland hatchback.
Although maintaining a 3.8m bumper-to-bumper length, it has a more purposeful stance than the current Mini Hatch thanks to a wider track, shorter front overhang, bigger wheels, and longer wheelbase.
With the bigger Aceman’s new disk-shaped daytime running lights around the smaller Mini’s bulbous headlights, the smallest Mini now has a new look that is more recognizable as the offspring of BMW’s first Mini, which was introduced in 2000.
The Cooper will be available with both combustion and electric engines, with simply the exhaust pipes or the absence thereof serving as a distinguishing feature. Nevertheless, the petrol-powered version will only be offered with five doors or the choice of a drop-top, none of which have been previewed. But, it’s anticipated that a limited-edition convertible version of the current-generation Mini Electric will serve as a preview for a later, series-production successor.
The electric Cooper, which is made in China and is built on the brand-new Spotlight EV platform developed with joint venture partner Great Wall Motors, will have two battery sizes that are affordably priced: either 40kWh in the entry-level E or 54kWh in the range-extending SE.
Like with the present model, the range will start at 386 kilometers (up from 241 kilometers). The ordinary electric Cooper will have 181 horsepower, while the warmed-up SE will increase that to 218 horsepower. There will only be two-wheel drive options.
A hot JCW variant with a focus on power over range, indicating enhanced motors would be installed, will debut in mid-2025, around a year after the normal vehicles. This version uses the same 54kWh battery as the SE. With this scorching performance EV, anticipate an output of about 253 horsepower.
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