- Mini has unveiled the revamped Cooper Electrical on the 2023 IAA auto present in Munich, Germany.
- The 2-door hatchback is new for the 2025 mannequin 12 months and options up to date styling, a extra premium inside, and a bigger battery pack than the previous-generation mannequin.
- A gasoline-powered variant is predicted to debut later sporting the identical look however with a turbocharged engine below the hood.
Contemporary-faced and with improved eco-friendly road cred, the 2025 Mini Cooper Electrical hatchback has debuted with extra energy, extra vary, and extra dazzle. Unveiled alongside the Mini Countryman Electrical, the 2 new fashions mark the beginning of a brand new technology for the model.
The hatchback’s styling is distinctively Mini, however with clear traces and neater proportions. The actual enhancements are simply beneath the floor. Its inside is layered with upgrades too, and the mechanicals beneath promise to make it extra aggressive within the EV market.
Whereas we do not count on to see rather more passenger house than the current-generation Cooper, the brand new automobile encompasses a extra premium inside. A simplified design removes muddle from the middle console and dashboard, whereas richer supplies are used all through for a extra upscale ambiance.
The centerpiece of the Cooper Electrical’s cabin is a big, round show display, which runs Mini’s next-generation infotainment interface. This OLED panel gives crisp graphics and a customizable look. For instance, customers can add their very own pictures to the system to create distinctive backgrounds.
A material-lined dashboard hides LEDs that present ambient lighting that change primarily based on which drive mode the automobile is in. In fact, Mini’s signature toggle switches stay on the dashboard, however these too have been pared down with simplicity in thoughts.
General, the inside is a nicer place to spend time, a very good factor contemplating drivers will doubtless must make the most of public charging infrastructure. And in case you’re sitting inside ready for the automobile to cost, the Cooper Electrical can entertain you with downloadable video video games to play utilizing that center-mounted show.
The Cooper Electrical can be supplied in two strengths: E and SE, with the entry-level model getting a 181-hp electrical motor and the upgraded mannequin getting juiced to 215 horsepower. Each are front-wheel drive and it is not clear but whether or not the U.S. market will get each, or simply the extra highly effective SE.
We have had an opportunity to drive a prototype, and the Cooper’s playful dealing with is retained within the new mannequin. Mini says the E is able to hitting 62 mph in 7.3 seconds and the SE will full the identical job in 6.7, however we managed a 6.1-second run to 60 mph within the present mannequin—which makes 181 horsepower—so we predict each of these estimates are conservative.
Our largest gripe in regards to the present Cooper Electrical is its disappointing driving vary, which is available in at an EPA-rated 114 miles per cost. This new model advantages from far bigger battery packs. The present Cooper SE that is bought within the U.S. has a 28.9-kWh battery pack, however the brand new model will get a 58.4-kWh unit. That ought to increase the driving vary to about 200 miles per cost, which remains to be lower than different EVs such because the Hyundai Ioniq 6 and the Tesla Mannequin 3, however brings the Mini nearer to competition.
Whereas Mini is focusing first on launching the EV variant of its new Cooper hatchback, the corporate informed Automobile and Driver that gasoline-powered fashions will proceed to be a part of the portfolio. Mini has even confirmed plans for a revived John Cooper Works efficiency version. We count on the turbocharged three- and four-cylinder engines used within the present technology automobile to hold over to the redesigned 2025 fashions, however we’ll discover out extra nearer to the automobile’s launch in North America. That timing, we suspect, could possibly be as early as subsequent spring.
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Drew Dorian is a lifelong automobile fanatic who has additionally held all kinds of consumer-focused positions all through his profession, starting from monetary counselor to auto salesperson. He has dreamed of turning into a Automobile and Driver editor since he was 11 years outdated—a dream that was realized when he joined the workers in April 2016. He’s a born-and-raised Michigander and realized to drive on a 1988 Pontiac Grand Am. His automotive pursuits run the gamut from convertibles and camper vans to sports activities vehicles and luxurious SUVs.