The new MINI family is officially here!
Announced this morning (01.09.23), the next generation of MINI is here and moves ever closer to an all-electric product range. This new era is launched with the all-electric 3-door MINI Cooper and the all-electric MINI Countryman.
Eventually replacing their petrol counterparts, these redesigned all-electric models truly characterise MINI’s drive for digitalisation as they focus on electric as the centre point of the new generation.
MINI stated that the new generation will focus on an ‘electrified go-kart feeling and an immersive user experience’.
The new all-electric MINI Cooper
The core of the brand, the 3-Door Hatch, returns as the ‘MINI Cooper’, becoming the official name for the model, rather than a trim option. This 3-door all-electric hatchback showcases MINIs new design style ‘Charismatic Simplicity’.
There is a focus on reduction with the noticeable absence of the exterior detailing we have seen in previous generations. Instead, we now see flush door handles and a new striking octagonal grill where chrome has been replaced with a subtle yet vibrant silver.
MINI's design team is certainly following the idea that less is more. Inside, the new MINI Cooper is focused around MINI's new ‘Interaction Unit’ which was first announced in July. This 9.4-inch circular OLED screen is a first for the automotive industry and is powered by the colorful, customisable Mini Operating System 9 software. Four interior trim options will still be available to enable plenty of customisation.
The MINI Cooper is focused on all-electric driving fun and will provide this through a completely new powertrain and suspension as well as an increased track width and wheelbase.
Available in two variants, The Cooper E will feature a 184bhp electric motor powered by a 40.7kWh battery with a range of approximately 190 miles*, while the higher performance Cooper SE variant uses a larger 54.2kW unit to produce 218bhp and an increased range of approximately 250 miles*.
The new MINI Cooper will be available in three trim options - Classic, Exclusive, and Sport.
The new all-electric MINI Countryman
MINI’s compact SUV has been completely redesigned as it enters its third generation. The MINI Countryman has grown in both height and length and now boasts wider wheel arches to enhance its road presence.
MINI’s new focus on minimalist design continues with minimal graphics and clear-cut surfaces as the brand looks to reduce exterior design down to the essentials. It also features the new octagonal grill as seen on the new MINI Cooper but includes a more angular headlight design.
The new MINI Countryman is designed to be a robust adventurer, evident in its expanded luggage capacity and comfort attributed to its new larger dimensions. There is now 460 litres of space available in the rear luggage compartment which increases to 1,450 litres when the rear seats are folded down.
The new all-electric Countryman is MINI’s first-ever all-electric SUV and makes use of MINI’s newly designed electric powertrain. Again, available in two variants, the Countryman E gets a 64.7kWh battery and a single 201bhp motor, providing a range of approximately 287 miles* while the Countryman SE ALL4 produces an impressive 308bhp, though in pursuit of power, its range reduces to approximately 269 miles*.
The new MINI Countryman will be available in four trim options - Classic, Exclusive, Sport, and JCW. A petrol model, the MINI Countryman C, will also be available from the same time as the electric model and produces 168bhp.
When will the new MINI Cooper and MINI Countryman be available?
Both the new MINI Cooper and MINI Countryman are gearing up for production later this year. On-the-road prices for these models are set to start at £30,000 for the MINI Cooper and £42,080 for the MINI Countryman.
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*These figures were obtained after the battery had been fully charged. There is a new test for fuel consumption, CO2 and electric range figures. The electric range shown was achieved using the new test procedure. Figures shown are for comparability purposes. Only compare fuel consumption, CO2 and electric range figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the starting charge of the battery, accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load.