2020 MINI Cooper SE

2020 MINI Cooper SE

With the July 2019 announcement, MINI fans and EV advocates can now rest assured that an all-electric MINI is definitely going into production as a 2020 model. And BMW will also produce an electric MINI in China for the local market through a joint venture with Great Wall Motors.

These developments reveal that BMW is intent on achieving its goal of offering at least 12 electric vehicles by 2025. The new announcement provides a few details—although we don’t have an exact release date or pricing.

What We Know

The MINI Cooper SE should be a fun ride. The 181-horsepower electric motor (with 199 pound-feet of torque) will mean zero-to-60 performance in about seven seconds. Top speed is limited to 93 miles per hour.

2020 MINI Cooper SE

2020 MINI Cooper SE

A 32.6 kilowatt-hour battery will provide somewhere between 130 and 150 miles of driving range. An official EPA range estimate is not yet available. The T-shaped pack will be positioned under the vehicle floor, providing

MINI is promising “outstanding agility” and “spontaneous power delivery,” courtesy of the car’s low center of gravity. The Cooper SE will be a front-wheel-drive vehicle. The electric model is about 320 pounds heavier than the MINI Cooper S two-door hardtop.

Various driver-controlled levels of regenerative braking will provide one-pedal EV driving—likely in the same manner as a BMW i3.

The charging port will be accessible via standard J1772 and SAE Combo plugs. The Level 2 onboard charger is rated at 7.4 kilowatts. As a result, home charging from empty to full will take about five hours. The 50-kW DC charging capacity will mean charging to 80 percent in about 35 minutes at fast-charging locations.

The dimensions and space considerations of the all-electric Cooper SE are expected to match its gas-powered siblings. MINI/BMW is already using common platforms designed for multiple powertrains. As in the conventional MINI 2 door hardtop, the luggage volume under the tailgate is 7.5 cubic feet, expanding to about 26 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.

2020 MINI Cooper SE

2020 MINI Cooper SE

Standard equipment will include LED headlamps, two-zone automatic air conditioning, heating with heat pump technology, an electric parking brake, and so-called Connected Navigation.

2020 MINI Cooper SE

2020 MINI Cooper SE

The central design element of the MINI Cooper SE’s front fascia will be a closed rounded-hexagon grille. The company says the electric motor needs very little cooling air. The signature color is yellow, which decorates a bar on the grille as well as the side-mirror caps. The MINI Cooper SE will come standard with LED headlamps. Exclusive 16-inch allow wheels will use an “electric revolite spoke” design. The interior will have a model-specific gear selector in the center console.

2020 MINI Cooper SE

2020 MINI Cooper SE

In typical MINI fashion, customers will have a choice of custom colors including Chili Red, British Racing Green metallic, and Enigmatic Black for the top-of-the-line trim.

MINI Cooper SE specifications

Availability: Now
Base MSRP: TBD
Est. tax credit: $7500
Technology: Electric Vehicle
Body type: Sedan
Seats: 5
EPA Range: 150 miles pure electric
Battery size: 33 kWh
Charging rate: 7.4 kW

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