All-Electric Mini Cooper SE for SA in 2021 

P90357228 LowRes The New Mini Cooper

Mini has revealed its new all-electric Cooper hatchback and its local arrival has been confirmed for 2021. Details below…

It may look like a run-of-the-mill Mini Cooper but this one is all-electric...

Based on the Mini 3-door, the Cooper SE is equipped with an electric motor that offers 135 kW and 270 Nm of torque and a model-specific, 32.6 kWh lithium-ion battery with 12 modules that allow for an all-electric range of between 235 to 270 km. The front-wheel-drive Cooper SE offers emission-free driving while retaining its fun-to-drive character. 

Power delivery is spontaneous and it has a low centre of gravity which ensures a zero to 100 kph time of 7.3 seconds. The electric motor is also much lighter than a conventional engine which further enhances handling ability. Also, with the battery placed deep in the vehicle floor, luggage space is not compromised. Load space is claimed at 211 litres, expanding to 731 litres with the rear seats folded down. The Cooper SE does, however, stand 18 mm higher than a standard 3-door Mini Cooper to accommodate the battery and is only 145 kg heavier than a 3-door Cooper S. 

In terms of charging, the Cooper SE can be juiced-up using a household socket (80% in 2.5 hours), wallbox (80% in 2.5 hours), public charging station or fast-direct charging at up to 50 kW (80% in 35 minutes).

The interior is familiar but model-specific details differentiate this electrified Mini Cooper from its combustion-engined stablemates. 

As for the interior, a special instrument cluster is fitted which includes a 5.5-inch colour screen in black panel design. At its centre, vehicle speed is shown in figures with a scale band that lights up the central instrument binnacle in colours matching the drive mode including red (Sport), white (MID), green (Green and Green+). A navigation system and Mini Connected services are displayed on a 6.5-inch touchscreen (8-inch Navigation Plus is optional). The Cooper SE will also suggest the best route to get you to your destination on the most energy-efficient route, very smart...

In true Mini style, there are numerous packages and interior trim combinations on offer to suit your personal preferences.   

The Mini Cooper SE will arrive in South Africa in 2021 in limited numbers and pricing will be confirmed closer to launch. 

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