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2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery

2020 MINI Cooper SE Picture Gallery

The Mini Cooper is now electric but it’s not without compromise

Mini is attempting to take the electric car market by storm, and it’s doing so with the 2020 Mini Cooper EV – a model that Mini claims it already has 15,000 orders for on the U.S. market alone. It comes with a 32.6 kWh battery that Mini says is good for 168 miles of range – a figure that’s considerably lower than the competition The Nissan Leaf +, for example, offers up 226 miles while the Chevy Bolt delivers 238 miles.

Range aside, the Mini Cooper EV has a single electric motor that’s good for 181 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. Mini claims it’ll hit 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, so highway merging should be simple enough, but top speed is limited to 110 mph.

The interior isn’t all that different from the standard Cooper, but it does come with the 6.5-inch navigation system. There’s also a new “Dynamic Digital Instrument cluster” with a digital speedo and new indicators for charge level and range. Overall, however, the Cooper EV is a mini through and through.

As far as charging goes, there’s going to be a little bit of compromise. If you use the standard charging cable that Mini considers “occasional” and plugs into a standard 120-volt outlet, you’ll get a full charge in 24 hours. Us the TurboCord and a 240-volt outlet, and you’ll get a full charge overnight or in about 8 hours. The Level 2 home charger, that you’ll undoubtedly have to pay for, gives you a full charge in about 4 hours. A DC public charger system will give you an 80-percent charge in 40 minutes, so you’ll at least be okay out and about.

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Mini Announces the All-Electric Cooper SE and It's Already Irrelevant

Mini Announces the All-Electric Cooper SE and It’s Already Irrelevant

The SE has the looks, but not the specs to make a strong case for itself

The intrusion of electrification into the market has not just changed the mechanical dynamics of a car, but has also brought in a new design philosophy altogether. But, let’s be real here for a minute. If there was one car or brand from the current crop that can nonchalantly slip into EV clothes, it is the Mini Cooper. Automakers are adopting crazy-ass designs for their EVs that may or may not please consumers, but an electric Mini? It can’t have any haters; in the looks department at least. However, it looks like the car is dead on arrival because things look pretty only on the outside. Going by the initial impressions, I’d say Mini missed a huge opportunity to make a name for itself.

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2020 Mini Cooper EV

2020 Mini Cooper EV

Will it be a breakthrough car for Mini, or just another BMW i3 reincarnate?

Mini has officially entered the EV fray, and we have finally uncovered the proof. To be honest, Mini Cooper is one of the very few cars from the current combustion-engined crop that could slip into an EV avatar without any cosmetic changes. We have seen automakers going bonkers with the so-called ’futuristic’ designs with slim headlights, sharp cut lines, etc. But in contrast, the Mini Cooper gels well with those electric cars with its retro, rounded looks, and Mini seems to understand that. The 2020 Mini Cooper SE has been spotted sans camo doing some all-electric testing. This electric Mini is based on the Cooper S and looks largely similar to it albeit with a few minor changes. Will the retro-looking Mini Cooper SE make a name for itself in arguably the most competitive segment in the right now?

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Mini UK Shows Off Design Sketches of the First Electric Mini; Promises 2019 Debut

Mini UK Shows Off Design Sketches of the First Electric Mini; Promises 2019 Debut

All-electric MIni is finally coming into shape

Ten years after Mini introduced the Mini-E electric prototype, the German automaker is finally on the verge of launching its first-ever production electric model. MINI is presenting initial design sketches of its future fully electric production model. The pair of sketches show two distinct sections of the all-electric Mini, one of which we already saw in the concept version that was unveiled last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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2017 MINI Electric Concept

2017 MINI Electric Concept

Previews a production model that will arrive in 2019

The modern Mini Cooper was launched in 2001, some 42 years after the British firm launched the original model. This time build under BMW Group ownership, the Mini became more of a fashion statement rather than an affordable, people’s car, but this is exactly what turned it into a big hit. Redesigned in 2006 and 2013, the Cooper grew larger and larger and gained more technology with each generation. In 2017, Mini introduced its first hybrid model, the S E Countryman All4, and it’s now looking to launch its first-ever electric car. And it just unveiled the Mini Electric Concept ahead of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Designed as a preview for a production model that will be introduced in 2019, the Mini Electric Concept arrives almost ten year since Mini built its first EV, the Mini E. More of a demonstration vehicle rather than a production car, the Mini E was produced between 2009 and 2010 in the form of a three-door Cooper. More than 600 cars were deployed in several countries for on-road testing in a project that eventually led to a couple of BMW trial cars and finally the i3. A modern reinterpretation of the Mini E, the Electric Concept moves Mini one step closer to joining the EV market. It’s a bit late to the party, but as they say, better late than never.

Updated 09/19/2017: We added a series of new images taken during the concept’s debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Meet the Mini Countryman E Prototype

Meet the Mini Countryman E Prototype

The British brand prepares its first-ever hybrid

The first production series hybrid car, the Toyota Prius, may be only two decades old, but hybrid drivetrains have become increasingly popular over the years, to the extent that nearly every automaker offers or is at least working on one. Such is the case with Mini, which is about to launch its first-ever hybrid.

Still being tested on public roads ahead of production, the company’s first hybrid will be based on the Countryman crossover. Dubbed Countryman E, it’s almost identical to the conventional model, but uses hybrid technology borrowed from BMW, and is all-wheel drive when the combustion engine and electric motor are used at the same time.

Although Mini has yet to showcase a production-ready model and the prototype is still wearing the familiar black-and-yellow camouflage, the hybrid is identical to its gasoline and diesel siblings on the outside. Like any plug-in, it does feature a charging socket, but the device is discreetly integrated into the small vent on the left bumper (or side scuttle in Mini talk). The production car will also sport an "E" badge, but other than that, you won’t know it’s a hybrid.

Inside, the start/stop button in the center of the dashboard glows yellow instead of red, while the instrument cluster display will include a battery status display and other hybrid-specific information.

Mini didn’t say what engine and electric motor make up the hybrid drivetrain, but a turbocharged, 1.5-liter three-cylinder and a compact motor rated at 88 horsepower are the most likely options. The three-pot will spin the front wheels, while the electric motor will be installed right over the rear axle and will motivate the rear wheels.

The British firm says that the hybrid model will always start in electric mode, while the combustion engine will be engaged depending on the vehicle’s speed and the intensity with which the driver operates the accelerator pedal. Speaking of the latter, Mini promises "catapult-like acceleration" due to the instant torque generated by the electric motor. The drivetrain will have three modes. Auto eDrive will permit speeds of up to 50 mph, while Max eDrive will allow the driver to travel with speeds of up to 78 mph. The third mode is Save Battery, in which the combustion engine moves the car while the high voltage battery retains charge at a constant level or recharge via the generator.

The hybrid also gives us our best look at the next-generation Countryman. The design is obviously evolutionary and the vehicle appears to ride a little taller than the current model. It should also be longer and wider, as all Mini cars have grown larger with each generation. The new Countryman will be unveiled by the end of the year and arrive in showrooms in 2017.

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First All-Electric Mini Set For 2019 Arrival; BMW X3 EV To Follow In 2020

First All-Electric Mini Set For 2019 Arrival; BMW X3 EV To Follow In 2020

BMW has made a lot of gains in electrification, but the competition is coming up too

With rival automakers continuing to push for the development of autonomous driving technology, BMW is ramping up its own efforts and it’s not limiting itself to just the main brand. Speaking with Bloomberg, BMW CEO Harald Krueger confirmed that the German automaker is preparing the first battery-powered model under the Mini brand with a target to get it out on the market by 2019.

Details about the model have yet to be disclosed, but Krueger said that it would be competitive in the critical aspects of the market, including range and price. The announcement doesn’t come as a surprise as the landscape of the industry continues to shift towards an electrified future. Mini’s rivals, including Opel and Renault, were actively present at the 2016 Paris Motor Show to tout their new electric models. Renault, in particular, presented an EV version of the Zoe that promised an NED cycle-certified range of 250 miles.

It’s not yet known if that number is going to be the new standard in the industry, but expect the Mini EV to have similar credentials on the back of advancements made by BMW in electrification. The German automaker has, after all, pushed for hybrid and EV developments earlier than most companies, having done so as early as the turn of the decade, culminating in the creation of the “i” subbrand and the release of the i3 hatchback in 2013 and the i8 sports coupe in 2014. Expect the upcoming Mini EV to benefit from BMW’s headstart in this field.

In related news, Krueger also announced that a battery-powered version of the X3 SUV is also in the pipeline, albeit with a later release date (2020) compared to the Mini EV. The same strategy is expected to be deployed for the SUV as the German automaker looks to bolster its lineup of electric vehicles ahead of the impending onslaught of EV models to hit the market from its competitors.

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Mini Plans All-Electric Vehicle And Mazda MX-5 Competitor

Mini Plans All-Electric Vehicle And Mazda MX-5 Competitor

Nothing is promised, but Mini could expand lineup with Superleggera & Rocketman

Mini is an interesting low-volume brand and every model pretty much looks the same. In all honesty, you can’t mistake any of them for anything but a Mini. In the past few years or so, Mini has released a few different concepts that may lead to the brand changing for the better. Remember the 2011 Mini Rocketman Concept and the 2012 Mini Rocketman Olympic Concept? Or how about the 2014 Mini Superleggera concept? Well, those concepts might make it into production after all.

According to Autocar, Mini product chief Ralph Mahler has said the brand was looking at whether a small car like the Rocketman could be worth producing, and that that brand had “nothing against” making a smaller model like it in the future. In case you don’t know, the Rocketman is essentially a miniature Mini Cooper that measured just under 10.5 feet in length. Here’s the kicker, though: the Rocketman could go into production as an all-electric vehicle. Wait, what?

Mahler said, “The Rocketman is inspiring us as of today, especially as an EV in the future. It was something that was ahead of its time but is still inspiring. With a smaller car, it’s a bigger challenge. With Rocketman, and talking EV in the future, as the EV engine gets more portable, it’s give and take.” If this does end up playing out, Mini would probably tap into BMW’s i brand for the technology to make it happen.

What’s more, is that the brand is also being “inspired” by the 2014 Mini Superleggera. It’s not exactly likely at this point, but the brand has gotten overall positive feedback from the concept. If the Superleggera did go into production, it would compete against the likes of the Mazda MX-5, but Mahler has admitted that the “roadster segment is small, and demand is going down.” That said, it is inspiring the brand, and it is a possibility, but the brand hasn’t made any decisions about putting the concept into production as of yet.

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Mini Superleggera Could Still Make it to Production

Mini Superleggera Could Still Make it to Production

Though it has been a slow process, Mini is still considering developing a production version of the Superleggera Roadster, according to a new report.

The roadster, which the 2014 Mini Superleggera Vision previewed, has been a bit on and off as of late, but this report indicates that the automaker is still trying to build a business case for the niche roadster. According to Peter Schwarzenbauer, head of the Mini, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorcycle brands, “...the interest was tremendous when we showed this concept car. I think also the technological part is extremely interesting because we are working on electrification for Mini.”

Though there is still plenty of interest, Schwarzenbauer made it clear that a decision on its production future is still up in the air because it is “an economically challenging project.” This comes as no surprise, as the Superleggera is nothing like its potential siblings, despite sharing a basic design language. Whereas other Mini models are gasoline powered and have a squashed-hatchback look, the Superleggera is slated to have an electric powertrain and proportions that no Mini before it has had.

So for now we just wait and see if Mini and BMW can come up with a good reason to build this tiny sports car. If it did make its way to the production line, initial estimates put it at around €35,000 ($39,375 as of 2015). At this price point, it could give higher-end Miata shoppers something to think about, particularly those who prefer alternative fuels.

With more than a year in the books since the concept debuted, look for Mini to make a decision soon or risk losing momentum.

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International Engine of the Year Awards are in and BMW Cleaned House

International Engine of the Year Awards are in and BMW Cleaned House

TV buffs get the Emmys, movie buffs get the Oscars, and music lovers get the Grammys; so, where does that leave us gearheads? Well, the International Engine of the Year Awards, of course, and the 2012 results are hot off the press!

Ford took home the top prize of International Engine of the Year, with its 999 cc engine found in the European Focus. This engine, despite its petite size, cranks out 125 PS (123 horsepower) and manages to squeeze out 56.5 mpg. The 1.0-liter engine didn’t win a close battle either, it took home top honors by a full 113 points. Points are accumulated based on fuel economy, smoothness, performance, noise and drivability and each engine can only receive 15 of each voter’s total 25 points to give. Needless to say, that was quite a landslide victory.

That’s not the biggest news though, as BMW brought home top honors in four different categories. Bimmer took home the 1.4- to 1.8-liter prize with its 181-horsepower, 1.6-liter engine found in the MINI Cooper S. In the 1.8- to 2.0-liter class, BMW took first prize with its 241-horsepower, 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged four-pot. In the 2.5-liter to 3.0-liter class, BMW wrapped up top honors with its bi-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and its 335 horsepower. Last, but certainly not least, BMW took home 1st place in the 3.0- to 4.0-liter class with its 414-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-8 engine.

Despite all of the accolades, the highest mark that BMW achieved in the Engine of the Year award was 5th place, with its 2.0-liter twin-turbo four-banger.

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2010 MINI Scooter E Concept

2010 MINI Scooter E Concept

The scooter war in Paris is now on. Okay, we’re just making it up, but it is a little curious that days after Smart revealed their ’E-Scooter’ concept, another brand went ahead and released the first official photos of their own Paris-bound electric scooter.

To outdo Smart and its e-scooter, BMW has bared their plans of bringing three of its lithium-ion battery-powered MINI Scooter E Concepts to the Paris Motor Show. Take that, Smart!

As a sign of what the future holds for the scooter market, the MINI Scooter E Concepts will be featured with the latest smart technology, including the utilization of smartphones that can be used to do a plethora of tasks, not the least of which include a navigational system function.

The three MINI Scooter E Concepts will come in three unique colors, including one that will bear the same finish as that of the MINI E electric car. Meanwhile, the other two Scooter E Concepts will come in the colors of the UK Mod subculture while the other one will be colored with the British Racing Green finish-brown leather seat combination.

That’s about all of the information we have of the MINI Scooter E Concepts, but expect more information about these scooters when the doors of the Paris Motor Show officially open next week.

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The Electric Future

The Electric Future

The idea of the electric car is nothing new. It has actually been around for quite some time. In fact, according to a few new rumors and The Telegraph, the first electric car idea came from way back in 1884 with a vehicle created by British inventor Thomas Parker. The electric car, in theory, is one of the greatest ideas to ever hit the automotive world. No emissions, no instant torque, and no obnoxiously loud noise, plus there is little chance that a fire could occur in the event of a wreck. So what went wrong?

Well, as great as the idea was there are a few problems that hamper the car’s progress. The batteries have to be special and rather heavy; no double A is powerful enough for a moving vehicle. Modern cars weigh a lot and they need to be able to travel at high rate of speeds on the motorway, so the batteries need to be strong and luckily, there are a few companies working to make these machines possible.

Japanese automaker Nissan will soon release the Leaf, a pure electric vehicle that will surely change the way we think about modern cars, especially for city use. The Leaf isn’t the only electric car in the world. There are few others you might see roaming around the world’s many streets in a few years. These include the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the Mini E, and the Smart ED. These are all real cars that you won’t be able to buy if you live in America, at least not yet. They have passed crash tests and offer the same sort of features that you will need in order to go on a road trip.

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HRH Prince Leopold sets a date with the MINI E at the Nurburgring

HRH Prince Leopold sets a date with the MINI E at the Nurburgring

This is the kind of royalty that we’re all down with; not the high-society type that prefers to sit on their yachts in Monaco and enjoy the perks of being a blue blood. Nope, we don’t like those. We envy them, but we don’t like them. Who we do like is His Royal Highness Prince Leopold of Bavaria.

Despite probably having the resources to buy just about any chauffeur on the planet, the Prince is true to his roots as a racer and the type who likes to get his hands dirty. This coming weekend, he’s going to do precisely that when he troops to the Nurburgring to take a MINI E Racer out for a few laps.

Don’t mistake this man for just a royal lot who’s way in over his head. Prince Leopold is a hardcore race car driver that’s got a ton of experience under his belt - or diamond-studded belt in his case. Taking on the Green Hell with a MINI E Racer figures to be just another day in the park for Prince Leopold.

Press Release after the jump

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Video: Are we headed to a MINI E-Volution?

Video: Are we headed to a MINI E-Volution?

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In an auto industry that is already warming up to the thought of an electric vehicle segment, a number of car brands have taken the lead in developing cars of the EV variety. For its part, the MINI E is both a trend-setter and a standard-bearer of what electric vehicles are capable of, despite the fact that the car has not been planned for road production.

The few people that have taken the MINI E out for leases have all gone back with favorable responses of the electric car, which is all MINI needed to create yet another bodacious video highlighting the MINI E as the industry’s last car standing in a world that has completely spurned gasoline-engined vehicles. We don’t know how accurate the depiction is, but we do have to give credit to MINI for their seemingly endless amount of confidence in their product. After all, we wouldn’t have expected anything less from these guys.

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Video: MINI-E posts sub 10-minute lap at the Nurburgring

Video: MINI-E posts sub 10-minute lap at the Nurburgring

You won’t mistake the all-electricMINI ’E’ from the other cars burning up lap times at the Nurburgring any time soon. That, of course, didn’t stop BMW from taking the car for a lap around the track affectionately called the "Green Hell".

Driven by former DTM racer Thomas Jager, the MINI ’E’, as expected, didn’t exactly post a new Nurbugring record with its lap time of 9:51:45, but scorching the track with the MINI ’E’ wasn’t part of BMW’s plan either.
Instead of showing off its sheer speed - or lack thereof - BMW used this test run to show that, despite being an electric car, the MINI ’E’ can still pull off a respectable time around the Nurburgring.

"The aim of this unique undertaking was to provide an impressive showcase of the great potential of the MINI E and its environment-friendly drive concept," said BMW’s Peter Krams, the man behind the "MINI E Race" project.

Needless to say, the "MINI E Race" delivered exactly what it was supposed to do. Outfitted with racing specs like a roll cage, a lightweight body frame, and race-ready suspensions, brakes, and tires, the MINI ’E’ ran the ’Ring in a time - 9:51:54 - that was far from the lap record of just under seven minutes. Nontheless, it posted a good enough number relative to the other cars that have taken their own stabs at setting the Nurbugring lap record, especially considering the circumstances.

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MINI E lease price set at $850 per month

MINI E lease price set at $850 per month

Since BMW revealed the first info on the Mini E back in October there were 9500 people that signed to get info about the car. But only 500 people will have the chance to actually drive it. The lease price was set by Mini USA at $850 a month.

The Mini E is supposed to be capable of 150 miles on a single charge. The recharge will be done using a special wallbox which will need to be installed in a customers garage. The recharging time is 2 hours and a half.

The MINI E’s electric drive train produces a peak torque of 220 Newton meters, delivering seamless acceleration to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.5 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 152 km/h (95 mph).

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2009 MINI E

2009 MINI E

Mini USA announced there will be a fleet of some 500 all-electric vehicles for private use in daily traffic. Called MINI E, the new electric vehicle it will be powered by a 204 hp electric motor fed by a high-performance rechargeable lithium-ion battery, transferring its power to the front wheels via a single-stage helical gearbox nearly without a sound and entirely free of emissions.

Specially engineered for automobile use, the battery technology will have a range of more than 240 kilometers, or 150 miles.

The MINI E’s electric drive train produces a peak torque of 220 Newton meters, delivering seamless acceleration to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.5 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 152 km/h (95 mph).

Press release after the jump.

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Electric Mini spied

Electric Mini spied

Back in September we reported that Mini will bring 500 electric cars to California. Since the cars will be in California, what better place to make its debut than the Los Angeles Auto Show. According to AutoCar, the EV Mini will be a surprise guest at that show.

Technical details are scarce, but its interior will have to be dramatically altered to fit a battery pack – possibly even losing the rear seats. Using modern lithium-ion batteries, the electric Mini is expected to have a range of between 100 and 135 miles after a full recharge.

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Mini goes electric

Mini goes electric

Looks like Mini finally got its hands on enough cars to begin an electric program. This latest spy shot proves that BMW is preparing to meet the new American regulations requiring car makers selling vehicles in California also to offer zero-emission vehicles by 2012.

BMW will unveil the battery Mini at the 2008 Los Angeles motor show in November. We do not have any details yet on the specifications for the Mini’s electric system but stay tuned. When we know, you will know.

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Electric Mini coming to California

Electric Mini coming to California

BMW will bring 500 electric Mini to California: 490 of the Minis will be leased to selected customers in California and 10 will be used as show cars.

The electric cars will be built at the Mini factory in Oxford, England, without engines, gearboxes or fuel tanks, then shipped to Munich, Germany, where they are being fitted with electric powertrains.

Painted silver and with yellow roofs, the electric Mini are part of a new division called Project i established by the automaker to develop low-emission city cars.

The electric Minis will help BMW to meet new California regulations that will require carmakers selling cars in the state to offer zero emission vehicles.

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Mini going Electric

Mini going Electric

Hybrid Technologies announced that the BMW AG Mini Cooper all lithium model moved into production.

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