Launching in March this year, the MINI Cooper SE will be the new EV for the zippy line-up, freshly designed and equipped with decent features. The edition model combines the visual highlights developed for the latest edition of the MINI, such as the redesigned front end and the Multitone Roof, with exclusive design features in the exterior and interior as well as high-quality equipment details.
The MINI cooper SE is more refined, not going all out with the redesign, the round headlights and the hexagonal radiator grille are emphasized more clearly as typical design features of the vehicle front. The scope of equipment of the edition vehicles includes the exterior paint finish Island Blue metallic, offered for the first time for the MINI Cooper SE. Alternatively, the new color variant Rooftop Grey metallic is available. The MINI Electric Collection also includes the Multitone Roof, which is unique in the MINI competitive environment. New paintwork techniques allow for new colors, like the gradient from San Marino Blue through Pearly Aqua to Jet Black, extending from the windscreen frame to the rear.
The exclusive-design bonnet and side stripes also sets it apart. Black exterior mirror caps, 17-inch MINI Electric Collection Spoke light-alloy wheels and Piano Black high-gloss exterior elements, including the grille, headlamp and rear lamp surrounds, MINI logos, rear model lettering, door handles and side scuttles, all add to the understated, sporty look.
In addition, the MINI Electric Collection features Adaptive LED headlights including a matrix function for the high beam, door sill trims with a printed MINI Electric logo, sports seats in Light Grey fabric / leatherette combination, newly designed interior surfaces in Aluminum finish and an anthracite-colored roof lining. It also comes with a sporty leather steering wheel in nappa finish, which also features a MINI Electric logo in the edition vehicles.
The lithium-ion high-voltage battery, located deep in the vehicle floor, enables a range of 203 to 234 kilometers (WLTP). The 184 HP electric motor and low center of gravity give the MINI Cooper SE the zippiness that its known for.
Newly compiled equipment packages in the areas of comfort, connectivity and driver assistance are also optionally available for the edition model of the MINI Cooper SE. The standard equipment of the MINI Cooper SE includes the Connected Navigation package. The Connected Navigation Plus package includes a Head-Up Display, telephony with Wireless Charging, Concierge Service and MINI Connected XL features.
The new Lane Departure Warning is part of the Driver Assistance Package and alerts the driver to the risk of unintentional lane departure with steering wheel vibrations. The new Driver Assistance Package Plus includes Active Cruise Control, which now features a Stop & Go function for the first time. This enables the system to slow the MINI Cooper SE down to a standstill if necessary. Then all that is needed is a short step on the accelerator pedal to set the car in motion again and continue using the automatic speed and distance control. This provides the driver with effective support, especially in gridlocked traffic, and while driving enjoyment is temporarily restricted, the driver can instead enjoy increased ride comfort.
Will it hit the streets of the Middle East? Well, it certainly would be a good addition since there aren’t that many competing vehicles in its segment. Let’s wait and see.