The MINI brand of vehicles could certainly use a boost if you look at the year-to-date sales numbers we posted here
. MINI ranks 29ths in volume out of 34 brands available in America. Parent company BMW thinks electrifying the iconic brand might be the spark it needs. Enter the first-ever all-electric MINI for the masses.
New MINI Electric Debut
The new electric MINI SE made its official debut in the Netherlands this week with a 181-horsepower electric motor. The MINI SE has a different suspension than the Cooper S, one with stability-control that is designed to work with the instantaneous power from the electric motor. Its center of gravity is also lower than on the MINI Cooper S, which MINI says gives it a level of cornering dynamics unique to the segment. Itís also the first BMW Group vehicle with adjustable regenerative braking.
In Europe, itís expected to have a range of 146 to 168 miles, although the Mini has not yet been certified for the U.S. by the EPA.
Standard equipment features include LED headlamps, 2-zone automatic air conditioning, heating with heat pump technology, auxiliary heating, electric parking brake and Connected Navigation. A 6.5 touchscreen is standard but you can upgrade to an 8.8-inch. MINI also says the battery is placed deep in the vehicle floor so there is more cargo space for luggage compared to the conventionally powered model versions.
Highlights Of The New Mini Cooper SE
- Electric motor with 181-horse engine with 199 lb-ft of torque.
- 146Ė168 miles of range (estimated for U.S.)
- Can be charged at a household 120-volt socket, wall mounted charger or public charging stations, fast direct-current charging possible at up to 50 kW.
- Spontaneous power delivery, low center of gravity, front-wheel drive and wheel slip limiting close to the actuator.
- Acceleration from zero-to-62 MPH in 7.3 seconds.
- Recuperation can be configured at two levels for individual one-pedal feeling.
Trims and Availability
The new MINI Cooper SE will be available in the US in three trims: Signature, Signature Plus, and Iconic, which each include a specific combination of exterior finish, light alloy wheels, seat upholstery and interior fittings. Along with this, the new MINI Cooper SE features options and equipment including Connected Navigation, or Connected Navigation Plus depending on the trim level.
The new MINI Electric will reportedly arrive here in the U.S. in early 2020, with production beginning this November.