On the 1st of September 2023, Mini decided to reveal to the world the all-new fourth-generation Mini hatchback made its debut. So what about it? This newest iteration of the iconic vehicle is exclusively offered as a 3-door battery-electric hatchback and retains the Mini Cooper branding across all its trim levels. Three new exterior colours, Blazing Blue, Sunny Side Yellow and Legend Grey join the existing colour palette.
The Mini Cooper will be offered in two model configurations: the Cooper E and Cooper SE. The Cooper E packs a punch with a single motor generating 135 kW (181 hp; 184 PS) and is paired with a 40.7 kWh battery. Meanwhile, the Cooper SE steps up the game with a 160 kW (215 hp; 218 PS) output and a larger 54.2 kWh battery under its hood.
Inside the Cooper, a minimalist and “user-friendly” design approach takes center stage. The focal point is a sleek circular OLED touchscreen, measuring 240 mm (9.45 in) in diameter and powered by the OS9 operating system. This modern display stands as the sole physical interface within the vehicle’s interior, elevating both aesthetics and functionality.
The Mini Electric will be built in China in a joint collaboration with BMW Group and Great Wall Motor. Their combined efforts have culminated in a brand-new manufacturing facility located in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu, China.
European sales are slated to commence in 2024, North American customers will have to wait until the 2025 model year to get their hands on the electric Mini. A substantially updated version of the third-generation Mini Hatch will continue to be available alongside the fourth generation, catering to those who prefer internal combustion engines (ICE).
The Mini Cooper Electric is priced from £30,000 OTR, with UK customer deliveries commencing in spring 2024.