The Electric Mini is here! – Cooper SE

Mini India has just launched the all-electric Cooper SE, at a price of Rs 47.2 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Cooper SE will be a CBU only model, available in the single fully loaded trim. 30 units of the SE are said to be part of the first lot coming here, and all 30 are pre booked.

Deliveries for the 30 are said to start from March, with bookings for the next lot of SE’s also commencing at the same time.

Exterior: Unlike other companies who end up bringing outdated or on the way out models, Mini has done it differently. 

The SE is the facelifted version of the current gen Cooper on sale in international markets. The SE features traditional elements of the Coopers design language like the round LED headlamps, the Union Jack-themed LED tail-lamps and a familiar silhouette.

Some differentiators from the Cooper S are  the larger blanked-out front grille, a slightly re-profiled front bumper, a redesigned rear bumper, the absence of exhaust pipes, and the bright yellow accents on the mirror caps and wheels.

Distinct looking 17-inch wheels on the SE are inspired by the British plug-socket. Quite cool if you ask us! The SE sits about 15mm higher than the Cooper S, allowing for more clearance to protect the battery pack.

The SE will be available in the four shades of White Silver, Midnight Black, Moonwalk Grey and British Racing Green.

Interior: The Cooper SE follows the same dashboard design as the regular Cooper, but has a couple of features done differently. A new 5.5-inch digital instrument cluster is something exclusive to the SE in the Mini lineup.

An additional toggle switch is also added on the central console to adjust the multi-level brake-regeneration system. Some yellow highlights seen on the interior are also key reminders of the fact that the SE is electric.

Mini claims the interior and boot space remain largely unaffected by the new powertrain.

The Cooper SE gets an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay compatibility, sports seats, a Harman Kardon audio system, panoramic glass roof, Nappa leather steering wheel and TPMS.

Electric Powaaa: The SE is powered by an electric motor which puts out 184hp and 270Nm of torque, drawn from a 32.6kWh battery. The T-shaped battery is mounted beneath the passenger seat.

All this power is sent to the front wheels only, taking the SE from 0-100kph sprint in 7.3 seconds and gives it a top-speed of 150kph. The SE also gets four drive modes – Mid, Sport, Green and Green+. 

Mini has programmed the SE to be a balanced car which works to create a city car as well as a performance one. The SE has an estimated range of 270km, however expect this to be slightly lower in real world driving conditions. 

The Cooper SE is capable of fast-charging from 0-80 percent in 36 minutes via a 50kW charge point, while a 11kW wall box (provided as standard) can charge it from 0-80 percent in 150 minutes – 210 minutes for a full charge.

A warranty of two years with unlimited kilometres is standard on the Cooper SE. 

Rivals: The Cooper SE sits in a unique segment with quite literally no direct rival. At 47.20L it sits between affordable EVs like the Nexon EV at 14L and luxury EVs like the Mercedes Benz EQC at 1cr. Expect the SE to join in large garages, as the 3rd or 4th vehicle thanks to its compact dimensions allowing it to be a city runabout. As of now, the Cooper SE is the only Electric Hatchback on sale in the country! 

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Written by Aakash Kalro