July 24, 2019

Urban mobility with purely electric drive can now also be experienced in hallmark Mini style. The new Mini Cooper SE makes it possible. It combines sustainable mobility with the riding fun, expressive design and premium quality that are typical of Mini. As such, the first solely electrically powered model of the British brand offers pure Mini feeling with locally emissions-free driving.

The spontaneous power delivery of its 135 kW/184 hp motor, the brand-specific front-wheel drive, and the innovative driving dynamics system with wheel slip limiting close to the actuator, give the new Cooper SE a particularly intense and unmistakable agility, known as the go-kart feeling. Its model-specific lithium-ion battery enables a range of 235 to 270 kilometres. The high-voltage battery is situated deep in the vehicle floor, ensuring there are no limitations in terms of luggage compartment volume as compared to the conventionally powered 3 Door.

Characteristic Mini design with model-specific accentuations.

Powerful proportions, the typical three-part structure consisting of the body frame, all-round greenhouse and roof, short overhangs and widely set wheels are again the characteristic features that set the first purely electrically powered Mini apart from the masses. Precisely applied accentuations indicate its future-oriented drive system. The charge connection is located above the right-hand rear wheel—exactly where the fuel filler neck is positioned on the conventionally powered 3 Door. An embossed Electric logo marks the difference in terms of energy input. Yellow versions of this signet appear on the lateral turn indicator inserts, known as side scuttles, as well as on the tailgate and front radiator grill. The central element of the Mini Cooper SE front section also features the hallmark hexagonal contour, but this is closed because the electric motor requires very little cooling air. A yellow decorative bar on the grill and exterior mirror caps are finished in the same colour, thereby rounding off the model-specific design features.

Pure driving fun: electric motor with 135 kW/184 hp.

Spontaneously initiated drive torque and continuous power delivery not interrupted by gear shifts—these are the characteristic features of the drive technology fitted in the new Mini Cooper SE. They ensure hallmark Mini driving fun in a novel form that offers a particularly intense experience. The power source is the latest, highly powerful version of the synchronous electric motor developed by the BMW Group. The specific design principle of the drive enables a high level of power delivery that extends into high engine speed ranges, an exceptionally high level of efficiency and smooth, low-vibration running. The motor mobilises a maximum output of 135 kW/184 hp. Its maximum torque of 270 Nm is already available from standstill, as is characteristic of electric motors. Power transmission to the front wheels is by means of a transmission with single-stage configuration and integrated differential.

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Thrilling agility thanks to innovative driving dynamics system.

Electric drive takes the typical concept of go-kart feeling into an entirely new and fascinating dimension. The enthralling agile handling of the new Mini Cooper SE is supported by suspension technology that has been refined and harmonised on a model-specific basis. In conjunction with purely electric drive too, the tried-and-tested design principle of the suspension—with single-joint spring strut at the front, a multilink rear axle that is unique within the competitive field and electromechanical steering—guarantees maximum ride stability, steering precision and spontaneity when changing direction. With a centre of gravity that is at least 30 millimetres lower than in the Mini Cooper S, optimum weight distribution helps the new Cooper SE achieve a level of cornering dynamics that is unique within the small car segment.

In order to ensure that the high level of torque supplied by the electric motor immediately on set-off can be put to use for hallmark brand riding fun without loss of traction, the new Cooper SE has an innovative DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system. This drive slip control system, designed specifically for the spontaneous power delivery provided by electric motors, makes for particularly supreme driving qualities in all road and weather conditions. The so-called wheel-slip limiting close to the actuator means that control operations are calculated directly inside the drive system rather than in a distant control unit with long signal pathways, as is the case in conventional driving stability systems. This perceptibly optimises both set-off traction and driving stability in brake energy recovery mode, as well as when accelerating out of tight bends.

Mini Driving Modes with four settings.

The first purely electrically powered Mini also enables the driver to adapt the vehicle setting to the current situation on the road as well as to their own personal preferences. The Driving Modes are selected by means of a switch located on the right-hand side of the toggle bar. There are four modes to choose from in the Cooper SE. Sport mode differs from the standard MID setting, with a more direct characteristic steering curve and a particularly spontaneous response of the drive system.

The comfort-oriented steering characteristics of the MID setting are also active in GREEN mode, as well as in the new GREEN+ mode specially configured for the new Cooper SE. What is more, the drive system in these two latter modes is geared towards maximum efficiency. In GREEN+ mode, additionally selected comfort functions such as heating, air conditioning and seat heating are limited or deactivated in order to increase the range of the vehicle.

Mini Electric provides flexibility when charging.

The energy for electrifying driving fun is drawn by the new Cooper SE from the power grid, to which it can be connected via a conventional household power socket, the Electric Wallbox or a public charging station. Its charging connection is designed for AC and DC charging using Type 2 and CCS Combo 2 plugs. Above the connection, a charge level indicator displays orange signals for initialisation, pulsating yellow light for an ongoing charging operation, and green light for a fully charged battery.

The standard charging cable is available for connection to a household socket. The Electric Wallbox is optionally available for home charging as well as a three-phase cable for use at public charging stations. Both options allow the high-voltage battery of the new Cooper SE to be charged with a maximum capacity of 11 kW—to 80 percent in two and a half hours, and 100 percent in three and a half hour. A DC fast-charging station allows the vehicle’s energy reserves to be refreshed even more quickly. The charging unit of the new Mini Cooper SE is designed for a maximum charging capacity of 50 kW, allowing an 80 per cent charge to be achieved in just 35 minutes.

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High-end standard equipment, selective customisation.

As a supplement to the extensive and high-quality range of standard equipment, four exterior and interior packages are available for the new Cooper SE which each include a specific combination of exterior finish, light alloy wheels, seat upholstery and interior fittings. In the same way as the packages Salt, Pepper and Chili available for the current Mini models, these enable selective vehicle customisation which can be effortlessly applied by the customer.

The exterior mirror caps of the new Cooper SE are finished as standard in Vigorous Grey and optionally in yellow, as is the horizontal decorative bar on the front radiator grill. Regardless of the equipment package selected, all exterior finishes can also be combined with a roof and exterior mirror caps in body finish (not available in conjunction with the body colour White Silver metallic), or else in black or white. Depending on the selected equipment package, there is a choice of light alloy wheels in the sizes 16 and 17 inches in up to five different variants.