Mini Australia has confirmed it will bring to market the three-door Cooper SE electric hatchback in mid-2020.
Joining the plug-in Countryman PHEV that hit the market earlier this year, the Cooper SE Hatch is powered by a 135kW/270Nm electric motor that drives the front wheels for a zero-to-100km/h acceleration time of 7.3 seconds.
The 32.6kWh lithium-ion battery will also be good for a driving range of up to 270km and can be charged from 0-80 per cent in 35 minutes with a 50kW fast-charger, while it is also positioned low-down as to not compromise space or vehicle dynamics.
Local pricing and specification are still to be confirmed, but the Cooper SE slots in between the entry-level 100kW/220Nm Cooper (from $30,250 before on-road costs) and 141kW/280Nm Cooper S (from $40,700) in performance.
Being an electric vehicle (EV) however, the price premium will likely push the Cooper SE above the Cooper S but below the top-spec John Cooper Works (from $50,400).
In a statement, Mini Australia boss Brett Waudby said: “The Mini Cooper SE Hatch marks a new era for our brand in providing our customers with a progressive mobility solution wrapped in a package that is unmistakably Mini in its look, feel and the way it drives.
“We look forward to introducing this exciting and game-changing member of the Mini family to the Australian market next year,” he said.
Article Source: Cars Guide MagazineSeptember 11, 2019 9:02 am