It looks like the new electric Mini Cooper will be arriving in dealerships sooner than everybody expected.
The Mini Cooper SE, the brand’s first-ever fully electric hatchback will reportedly be released on July 9. This is earlier than the anticipated revelation at the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show in September, exactly two years since the original Mini Electric Concept was unveiled.
Despite being built as an electric car, the new Mini Cooper still carries the distinguished face and styling of the well-known car. It very closely resembles the Mini Electric Concept introduced in 2017, but also has some subtle changes.
Since the car will be using a combustion engine, the Cooper SE will need no cooling equipment, thus a different approach on the front fascia styling. The vehicle will have a closed off grille accentuated by green stripes and will ride on four-spoke wheels.
Other specifications, however, are still not yet confirmed for the Cooper SE. But it is expected to use the same electric drivetrain as the BMW i3S, which uses a 44.2-kWh 230 Ah horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. The range is expected to be around 170 miles on the WLTP cycle despite the prototype falling to 120 miles.
Mini’s first electric vehicle is scheduled to go into production at BMW’s Oxford plant in the UK by November 2019. When it will be available in the United States is yet to be confirmed.