In July, when Mini revealed specs for its new electric Mini Cooper SE, some hailed it as the savior of parent BMW, which has been losing market share to rivals such as Daimler (and Tesla) while sales of electrified BMWs and Minis has grown. Others in the EV press were skeptical of the new EV’s modest range (estimated to be about 114 miles) and seemingly dated technology.
Now Mini has announced that the 2020 Mini Cooper SE will go on sale early March 2020 at Mini dealers across the US with an MSRP of $29,900 (plus an $850 handling fee).
The new Mini is based on the Hardtop 2 Door launched in 2014, and is dimensionally almost identical. Modifications for the electric version include a height increase of 18 mm (0.7 inch) to accommodate floor mounted battery packs, and a new, more efficient HVAC heat pump to maximize range during colder weather. Despite these modifications, the Mini Cooper SE has identical interior dimensions and cargo space to the legacy Mini Hardtop.
The front-wheel-drive electric motor generates 181 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. The 0-60 time is 6.9 seconds, and the top speed is 93 mph.
The new EV offers an AC charging level of 7.4 kW, and comes standard with SAE Combo DC charging at up to 50 kW. It features two regenerative braking modes.
The Mini Cooper SE will be offered in three trim levels. Standard features of the base version include a nav system with 6.5-inch display, digital instrument cluster, Apple CarPlay compatibility, heated front seats, rearview camera, and driver assistance features such as Forward Collision Warning and Acoustic Pedestrian Warning
“US pricing of the new Mini Cooper SE was set to establish this new battery electric as a true class leader in making premium electric mobility more accessible to a broader range of customers,” said Michael Peyton, Vice President, Mini of the Americas. “We at Mini are pleased to offer more people the ability to experience a drive charged with passion in the form of the Mini Cooper SE, an EV that is built ‘for the drive.’”