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The new MINI Cooper SE (07/19).

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Urban mobility with also now purely electric drive. Folks can now also experience it in a hallmark MINI style. The new MINI Cooper SE combines sustainable mobility with driving fun. It still has its typical expressive design and premium quality.

The spontaneous power delivery of its 135 kW/(181 hp US)motor is brand-specific front-wheel drive. The MINI also has an innovative driving dynamics system with wheel slip limiting close to the actuator. All giving, the new MINI Cooper SE a particularly intense and unmistakably agile.

Its model-specific high-voltage lithium-ion battery enables a range of 235 to 270 kilometers*. (NOTE: US EPA estimated range figures not available). This EV has no limitations, especially in terms of luggage compartment volume as compared to the conventionally powered MINI hatch.

With the new MINI Cooper SE, the British brand once again sets a pioneering impetus for urban mobility. Launched in 2001, the MINI established the basis for maximum interior space within a minimum surface area. I mean, a modern re-interpretation of creative space usage and unique riding fun. One that became the original in the premium segment of small cars.

So the new MINI Cooper SE will be the first purely electric premium small car. Thereby paving the way to a sustainable yet at the same time highly emotional driving experience in urban traffic.

Vehicle concept: a genuine MINI to the core

The new MINI Cooper SE is the first model to consequently combine electro mobility in an urban setting. All with the hallmark brand properties. Especially as an original in the premium segment of small cars. It’s the first ever purely electric model of the British brand. It’s genuine MINI to the core.

In addition, the vehicle concept is based on the conventionally powered MINI 2-door hardtop. From the dimensions, design, space and interior ambience. The development took into account the expansion of the model range into an electrically powered version.

The new MINI Cooper SE comes off the production line at the MINI plant in Oxford, UK. All along with the conventionally powered versions of the model. Its drive technology comes from the BMW Group competence centers for electro mobility in Dingolfing and Landshut.

Integrated with power electronics, the MINI Cooper SE has an electric motor instead of a petrol or diesel engine. Lithium-ion cells subdivided into 12 modules make up the high-voltage battery. Correctly positioned in the vehicle floor, the battery provides a gross energy content of 32.6 kWh.

In addition, the electric motor is not just smaller but also significantly lighter than a combustion engine. Thereby contributing to the well balanced axle load distribution of the new MINI Cooper SE. Along with the lower center of gravity, this gives the electrically powered model agile handling. Making it supreme and easy to control even when cornering at high speed.

The new MINI Cooper SE also offers extremely secure road-holding. Not the least due to the position of its high-voltage battery. It’s located deep in the vehicle floor between the front seats and below the rear seats. As a result, there is no reduction in luggage compartment space. You know, as compared to the conventionally powered model versions.

As in the MINI 2 door hardtop with combustion engine, the luggage volume under the tailgate is 211 liters. The luggage volume expands 731 liters when the rear backrests fold down. The only measurable difference. Well, in order to ensure the relevant ground clearance for the high-voltage battery installed in the vehicle floor. Therefore, the new MINI Cooper SE has the body positioned about 18 millimeters higher. Especially than the conventionally powered model.

Model-specific structural features protect all components of the electric drive. They immediately switch off in the event of a collision. The safety concept for the new MINI Cooper SE goes well beyond legal requirements and therefore in line with BMW’s high standards.

Both the reinforced bumper support and the motor support frame shield and protect the power electronics. A solid base plate also protects the high-voltage battery. In addition, the new electric MINI weighs 3,009 lbs. That’s only some 319 pounds heavier than the MINI Cooper S 2 door hardtop.

Characteristic MINI design with model-specific accentuations

Powerful proportions, the typical three-part structure consisting of the body frame, all-round greenhouse and roof. That’s with short overhangs and widely set wheels. All that are again the characteristic features that set the first purely electrically powered MINI apart from the masses. Precisely applied accentuations also indicate its future-oriented drive system.

The charge connection is located above the right-hand rear wheel. An embossed MINI Electric logo marks the difference in terms of energy input. Yellow versions of this signet appear on the lateral turn indicator inserts. More over known as side scuttles. That’s as well as on the tailgate and front radiator grill.

The central element of the MINI Cooper SE front section also features the hallmark hexagonal contour. The decorative bar on the grill and the exterior mirror caps are finished in the same yellow color. Thereby rounding off the model-specific design features. The MINI Cooper SE is fitted with standard LED headlamps.

Like the model-specific front radiator grill, the largely closed undercarriage and the distinctively designed rear apron contribute to reducing aerodynamic drag. The electrically powered MINI does not require an exhaust system. Likewise, it facilitates air ducting in the undercarriage and at the rear.

An aerodynamically optimized surface is also found on the optional 17-inch light alloy wheels. Combined also with asymmetrical design in the MINI Electric Corona Spoke 2-tone version.

Like the standard 16-inch light alloy wheels in MINI Electric Revolite Spoke design. Because the latter are available exclusively for the new MINI Cooper SE.

Pure driving fun: electric motor with 135 kW/181 hp (US)

Spontaneously initiated drive torque and continuous power delivery are not interrupted by gear shifts. This is due to characteristic features of the drive technology fitted in the new MINI Cooper SE. They ensure hallmark MINI driving fun in a novel form.

The power source is the latest, highly powerful version of the synchronous electric motor. All developed by the BMW Group. The specific design principle of the drive enables a high level of power delivery. As a result, it extends into high engine speed ranges. It’s an exceptionally high level of efficiency and smooth, low-vibration running.

The motor of the new MINI Cooper SE mobilizes a maximum output of 135 kW/181 hp (US). Its maximum torque of 199 ft-lb is already available from standstill. All as is characteristic of electric motors. The power transmission to the front wheels is by means of a transmission with single-stage configuration and integrated differential.

As a result, the new MINI Cooper SE develops thrilling forward propulsion at every movement of the accelerator pedal. It’s ensuring an exceptionally spirited driving experience in urban traffic in particular. The new MINI Cooper SE accelerates from standing to 37 mph in just 3.9 seconds. The purely electrically powered MINI accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 7.3 seconds. It reaches a top speed of 93.2 mph.

The new MINI Cooper SE develops its sporty flair not only with striking spontaneity but also virtually noiselessly. For this reason, it’s fitted with the standard acoustic pedestrian protection. A distinctive sound created especially for the MINI Cooper SE. For it is generated via a speaker system. The sound design in the low speed range guarantees an acoustic presence on the road that is typical of MINI.

Thrilling agility thanks to innovative driving dynamics system

Electric drive takes the typical MINI concept of go-kart feeling. A feeling all into an entirely new and fascinating dimension. The enthralling agile handling of the new MINI Cooper SE is supported by suspension technology. Tech that has been refined and harmonized on a model-specific basis.

In conjunction with purely electric drive too, the tried-and-tested design principle of the suspension. That’s with single-joint spring strut at the front. Also a multi link rear axle. One that is consequently unique within the competitive field and electromechanical steering. It guarantees maximum ride stability, steering precision and spontaneity when changing direction.

With a center of gravity that is at least 30 millimeters lower than in the MINI Cooper S. That’s optimum weight distribution helps the new MINI Cooper SE achieve a level of cornering dynamics. All that is unique within the small car segment.

The new MINI Cooper SE has an innovative DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system. Ensure the high level of torque supplied by the electric motor is on and ride without loss of traction.

The drive slip control system is designed specifically for spontaneous power delivery. It makes for particularly supreme driving qualities in all road and weather conditions.

Unlike conventional driving stability systems, the so-called wheel-slip limiter means control operations are calculated directly inside the drive system. This perceptibly optimizes both set-off traction and driving stability in brake energy recovery mode, as well as when accelerating out of tight bends.

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MINI Driving Modes with four settings

The first purely electrically powered MINI also enables the driver to adapt the vehicle setting to the current situation on the road as well as to their own personal preferences. One can select the MINI Driving Modes by a switch located on the right-hand side of the toggle bar.

There are four modes to choose from in the MINI Cooper SE. Sport mode differs from the standard MID setting, with a more direct characteristic steering curve and a particularly spontaneous response of the drive system.

The comfort-oriented steering characteristics of the MID setting are also active in GREEN mode, as well as in the new GREEN+ mode specially configured for the new MINI Cooper SE. Moreover, the two GREEN modes contain drive systems geared towards maximum efficiency. The GREEN+ mode allows the driver to select comfort functions. For instance, heating, air conditioning and seat heating which when limited or deactivated can increase the range of the vehicle.

Brake energy recovery for configuration at two levels

Part of the characteristic driving experience in an electrically powered BMW Group model is the so-called one-pedal feeling. In urban traffic in particular, the vehicle perceptibly decelerates as soon as the driver removes their foot from the accelerator.

This effect occurs because in coasting mode the electric motor performs the function of a generator, transforming kinetic energy back into electric power, which is in turn fed back into the high-voltage battery.

As a result, the EV can appropriately decelerate at low speeds without using the brake system. Therefore, people can drive the vehicle using a single pedal. The motor control programming system determines the extent to which the brake energy recovers and the vehicle decelerates during coasting phases.

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The MINI Cooper SE is the first electrically powered BMW Group model that allows the driver to influence the degree of recuperation efficiency. A toggle switch positioned to the left of the start/stop unit provides the choice of intense or only low-level recuperation with the relevant deceleration impact – regardless of the MINI Driving Modes.

In addition, the deceleration response on load reversal can be precisely adapted to the driver’s personal driving style. Depending on individual preferences, it is possible to make use of the momentum available on entering a bend or else bring about a more intense braking effect. In order to ensure maximum efficiency in the MINI Cooper SE, the high level of recuperation is automatically included in the standard setting every time the motor is started.

Model-specific cockpit with digital instrument panel

Behind the steering wheel, the new MINI Cooper SE is fitted as standard with a model-specific instrument cluster consisting of a 5.5-inch color screen in Black Panel design. At the center of this fully digital screen is the speed shown in figures with a peripheral scale band. The speed band is also displayed in the light ring of the central instrument – in red (SPORT mode), white (MID) or green (GREEN and GREEN+), according to the mode selected.

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Other digital displays in the instrument cluster provide information on the charge level of the high-voltage battery, the currently selected MINI Driving Mode, the status of the driver assistance systems and Check Control messages. Along with traffic sign detection reports and high-guiding directions from the navigation system. What is more, it is possible to access telephone contact and audio program lists. During charging, the digital instrument panel likewise supplies important information. For instance, it displays the time, outside temperature, available range and charging status.

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The new MINI Cooper SE’s other special interior features include the model-specific gear selector lever on the center console and the electric parking break.

MINI ELECTRIC provides flexibility when charging

The power grid provides the new MINI Cooper SE with energy. Connect the EV via a conventional household power socket, the MINI ELECTRIC wall mounted charger or a public charging station. Its charging connection is designed for AC and DC charging using Type 2 and CCS Combo 2 plugs (J1772 and SAE Combo plugs – US). Above the connection, a charge level indicator displays orange signals for initialization, pulsating yellow light for an ongoing charging operation, and green light for a fully charged battery.

The included Level 1 charging cable is available for connection to a household socket. US models of the new MINI Cooper SE can be charged at a maximum charging capacity of 7.4KW with Level 2 AC charging. A DC fast-charging station allows the vehicle’s energy reserves to refresh even faster. The charging unit of the new MINI Cooper SE is designed for a maximum charging capacity of 50 kW, allowing an 80 percent charge to be achieved in just 35 minutes.

2-zone automatic air conditioning with heat pump technology and auxiliary heating 

All trim levels of the new MINI Cooper SE includes a 2-zone automatic air conditioning system with separate ventilation and temperature control for the driver and front passenger sides. A pump heats the interior which collects waste heat from the motor, drive control, high-voltage battery and outside air before feeding it into the air conditioning system.

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The heat pump developed for the new MINI Cooper SE is particularly efficient. It uses 75 percent less energy than a conventional electric heating system and provides a high level of climate comfort in winter mode. Overall, this forms a highly efficient system. An integrated control system guarantees a pleasant interior temperature and an ideal operating temperature for the high-voltage battery at the same time – independently of each other, by means of cooling and heating.

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The automatic air conditioning of the new MINI Cooper SE also offers an auxiliary heating and a stationary air conditioning function. This enables the interior to heat up or cool down to a specified temperature before setting off. The driver can use the MINI Connected Remote App to set the intended time of departure so as to pre-condition the interior in advance as required.

Navigation system as standard, model-specific MINI Connected Services

The manufacturer focused on details geared towards electro mobility. Such as a navigation system, central instrument display items and MINI Connected services.

The eDrive screen provides information on the current flow of energy and the range as well as offering ways of increasing the vehicle range by deactivating comfort functions or boosting recuperation. On the navigation map it is possible to display a range circle that indicates the action radius of the MINI Cooper SE depending on charge level. When the route guidance starts, it displays the fastest and shortest route and also suggests a GREEN route involving the lowest level of power consumption.

The standard Connected Navigation includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen in the central instrument. This allows the driver to use the Real Time Traffic Information service as well as the internet platform MINI Online and the Apple CarPlay preparation. The mobile phone connection also allows the vehicle’s navigation map to update automatically.

Remote Services allow the driver to display details of battery charge status and range on a smartphone via the MINI Connected App. Furthermore, it is also possible to generate statistics on the car’s energy consumption. The App also takes other functions into consideration. This includes the headlight flasher, horn, ventilation and Door lock/unlock functions. That’s as well as the interior pre-conditioning function. In addition, there is a map view which shows public charging stations in the vicinity of the vehicle.

Remote services also allows the driver to control the charging process. The optional equipment item Connected Navigation Plus also includes an 8.8-inch color screen. Also the function Telephony with Wireless Charging.

High-end standard equipment, selective customization

The new MINI Cooper SE is also available in the US with three distinct trim levels. They are Signature, Signature Plus, and Iconic. All which each include a specific combination of exterior finish. Furthermore light alloy wheels, seat upholstery and interior fittings. Along with this, the new MINI Cooper SE features options and equipment including Connected Navigation. In addition Connected Navigation Plus depending on the trim level.

Customers also have a range of choice for body finishes depending on the trim level. These include Moonwalk Grey metallic and White Silver metallic, with additional choices of the colors Chili Red, British Racing Green metallic and Midnight Black metallic, and a special paint finish MINI Yours Enigmatic Black available at the top end of the trim range.

The exterior mirror caps of the new MINI Cooper SE are finished as standard in Vigorous Grey and optionally in yellow. IE as is the horizontal decorative bar on the front radiator grill. Consumers can also combine all exterior finishes with a roof and exterior mirror caps in body finish. Not available in conjunction with the body color White Silver metallic, or else in black or white. Depending on the selected equipment package, there is a choice of light alloy wheels in the sizes 16 and 17 inches in up to five different variants.

In order to determine figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, power consumption and range, the manufacturer must use methods according to Regulation (EC) 2007/715 as amended. The information is based on a vehicle with basic equipment in Germany; ranges take into account differences in wheel and tire size selected as well as optional equipment and can change during configuration.

The information is based on the new WLTP test cycle. NEDC then adapts the figures for comparison purposes. For these vehicles, different figures than those published here may apply for the assessment of taxes and other vehicle-related duties which are (also) based on CO2 emissions.

For further details of the official fuel consumption figures and the official specific CO2 emissions of new cars, please refer to the “Manual on the fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption of new cars” available free of charge at all sales outlets, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at https://www.dat.de/co2/.

NOTE:  USA EPA figures have not been confirmed as of the date of this release.

Source: MINI in the US, Munich, Germany – July 9, 2019.