The new Mini Cooper electric is already among us. After the leak of a series of spy photos taken during the filming of its launch spot in Los Angeles, the British firm has decided to show the new generation of its iconic utility vehicle without camouflage, which maintains all the essence of previous generations without renouncing a more than evident aesthetic evolution.
The Englishman will no longer have the characteristic shell-type bonnet of its predecessor, although it will keep the characteristic round light clusters of the classic 1959 MINI. Although partially blinded and painted in the same color as the rest of the body (except in its section superior), the octagonal grille will grow in size to encompass the lower air intake.
Both the chrome (including the surround of the headlights) and the black plastic wheel arches will be removed, giving the vehicle a look more sober, modern and minimalist. We will find the greatest evolution at the rear, where the pilots will adopt much more aggressive triangular shapes. The lighting signature will continue to pay homage to the Union Jack, the national flag of the United Kingdom.
The total length of the car will not vary too much (it will be around 3.80 meters long), but its electrical nature probably gives it a better habitability, since it will have a little more battle. In addition, the car will be wider (which will give it a better “footprint” and a more usable interior space) and will have a slightly shorter front overhang.
The electric MINI Cooper will be manufactured in China
The platform Spotlight EV of the electric MINI Cooper has been a joint development between BMW and the Chinese group Great Wall; in fact, our protagonist will be manufactured in the Asian country (the thermal model, which will receive a thorough restyling in the short term to last a few more years on sale, will continue to be made in Oxford).
A few weeks ago, MINI already revealed the first technical data of the vehicle, whose initial range will consist of the E versions (184 HP engine, 40 kWh battery, 386 km range) and SE (218 HP engine, 54 kWh battery). kWh). This last variant should be able to double the range offered by the current MINI Cooper SE (234 km WLTP).
In mid-2025, a high-performance model with the last name will join this lineup. JCW (John Cooper Works), which will have a specific body kit and a sportier tuning. Its rates will start at around 35,000 euros, ranking at the level of rivals such as the Honda e but above the successful electric FIAT 500.