Mini Electric to arrive early next year with 124-mile range
Say hello to the Mini Electric. It’s the long-awaited EV version of the iconic supermini, and deliveries are set to commence in March 2020. It’ll offer between 124 miles and 144 miles on a single charge, but what else do you need to know?
Understandably from the outside, the design is hardly revolutionary: it’s a Mini. There are a few subtle changes that mark it out from its combustion-engined models though. Most notable is the fact it sits 15mm higher, while the front grille is closed off because the motor requires less cooling.
You’ll find the charging plug above the right-hand rear wheel, where the petrol filler would normally be. There are a couple of embossed Mini Electric badges too, while the door mirrors are designed to be more aerodynamic.
Inside, changes are more noticeable. The cabin is very similar to any other Mini, but the infotainment controls have been updated on the centre console and the traditional analogue rev counter has been replaced by a 5.5in digital display.
Road speed is shown at the centre in figures with a peripheral scale band, as well as information on the charge level of the battery, the selected MINI Driving Mode, the status of the driver assistance systems and check control messages.
Thanks to some clever packaging, space remains the same as petrol- and diesel-powered Minis, with 211 litres of luggage capacity on offer and rear seats that are comfortable enough for occasional adult passengers.
It’s powered by a 184hp electric motor and a 32.5kWh battery pack that’s also used in the BMW i3S. This means a 0-62mph time of 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 93mph.
WLTP-correlated figures show that it’ll manage between 124 and 144 miles on a single charge, with an 80% battery top up taking 35 minutes via a 50kW rapid charger. Via a 11kW home charger, it’ll take three and a half hours to fully charge.
Three trims will be offered, although Mini is yet to confirm what they’ll be called. All models get satnav, cruise control, dual-zone climate control and Apple CarPlay connectivity. The mid-range model costs £2,000 and adds keyless entry, heated seats, half-leather trim and a reversing camera.
If you fancy the top-of-the-range model, you’ll pay an additional £4,000 to get a larger 8.8in infotainment screen, Harman Kardon sound system, adaptive LED headlights and a panoramic glass sunroof.
It’s set to make its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, with UK deliveries commencing in March next year. We’ll bring you more info on the Mini Electric as it is announced.