The Mini Cooper SE EV is set to be launched on the 24th of February this year. This would be the second out of the third EV launched by the BMW Group as planned for India. The first was the BMW iX SUV launched in December 2021 and the third is the i4 sedan.
Mini has already commenced the booking for the SE, however, the price will be made public during the launch. They have chosen the completely built unit (CBU) route for the EV, which will bump up the price.
What powers the Mini Cooper SE EV?
The SE is powered by a 32.6 kWh battery pack with a single electric motor producing 184 hp and 270 Nm of torque. This is the same battery used in the BMW i3. On a single charge, it has a claimed range of around 240-270 kms. Also, the SE supports 50 kW fast charging that helps the car to go from 0 to 80% charge in around 35 min.
The performance of the SE is not on the quicker side as we expect from an electric car. It sprints from 0-100 kmph in 7.3 seconds with a top speed of 150 kmph.
The Mini Cooper SE EV: Exterior, Interior & Features
The SE looks very similar to its other sibling’s design-wise. In order to differentiate the cars, Mini has incorporated yellow accents all over the car. The new alloy wheels, front grille, mirror caps and a few interior elements get the yellow treatment.
Both the inside and the outside of the car looks very mini-ish. The front grille, bumpers, alloy wheels and lights are redesigned. On the inside, the dashboard layout has a close resemblance to other mini cars. However, the digital driver instrument cluster has been given a complete revamp.
Features on the SE includes a panoramic sunroof, 8.8-inch infotainment system, Harman Kardon sound system, tyre pressure monitor, and more. The SE will be available in a single fully loaded trim and it comes in limited numbers.
Mini currently plans on selling only 30 units of the SE in India which is apparently sold out. BMW launched their X3 facelift on the 20th of January and the M4 Competition on the 11th of this month. According to their plans, the all-electric i4 sedan will be launched in the coming months.
1. What other model does Mini sell in India?
Apart from the SE EV, Mini also sell models such as the Countryman, 3-door hatch and the convertible in India.
2. Is the Mini Cooper SE based on the BMW i3?
They only share the same powertrain (Battery pack and electric motor). But the SE is based on the Mini Cooper 3-door hatch.
3. Who owns the Mini brand?
BMW Group owns the Mini brand.