Mini India has teased their upcoming EV, the Cooper SE. Based on the Cooper 3-door hatchback, the Mini Cooper SE will be available for bookings starting from October 29. The price of the upcoming electric car has not been disclosed as of yet, but its announcement is expected in February or March next year.
The Mini Cooper SE will come to our shores thru CBU (Completely Built Unit) and will be sold in just one variant. Only 30 units have been reserved for the first batch, and deliveries will start from April, next year. Although similar to the Mini 3-door hatchback, the Cooper SE has some distinguishing factors from its gasoline counterpart.
The Cooper SE looks identical to the standard Cooper hatchback, with the traditional round LED headlamps, the Union Jack-themed LED tail -lamps, and that familiar silhouette. But there are some key differentiators, which come in the form of a new grille design with an E' Badge. The front bumpers are slightly reprofiled, and the rear bumpers have been redesigned without the exhaust outlet.
But one of the most foremost distinguishing factors has to be that distinctive wheel design that looks like a British plug socket. It also sits 15 mm higher than the combustion engine that giving it more ground clearance. In addition, the Cooper SE will be available in four colours: British Racing Green, White Silver, Moonwalk Gray, and Midnight Black.
On the inside as well, Mini has kept it very familiar. The dashboard has the same design as the standard Cooper hatchback. However, the Cooper SE gets a new digital instrument cluster and is the first Mini Cooper to get so. Similarly, theres a new toggle switch for the multi-level brake regeneration system. The boot space and interior space largely remain unaffected by the new powertrain. Aside from that, Mini offers the same opulent level of luxury as the SE. It comes standard with a combination of leatherette and clothed upholstery, the steering wheel is wrapped in Nappa leather. Theres a panoramic sunroof, Harman Kardon Sound system, 8.8-inch touch screen infotainment system that supports only Apple CarPlay.
The Cooper SE is powered by an electric motor that draws power from a 32.6 kWh battery pack. This unit produces 184 hp and 270 Nm of torque. And with this setup, the Cooper SE takes 7.3 seconds to reach from 0-100 kmph, and it can reach a top speed of 150 kph.
Mini claims that the Cooper SE takes 35 minutes to charge its batteries from 0-80% with the fast charging unit via a 50 kW charge point. Theres also an 11 kW wall charging point, and with this set up it takes 150 minutes to charge the same percentage.
When launched in India, the Mini Cooper SE will directly compete against the Mercedes EQC, Jaguar I-Pace, and the Audi e-Tron. All three are bigger in size and proper SUVs on their own terms.
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