BMW will become the latest automaker to offer the all-electric car in India next year after Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Jaguar. The Mini Electric – or the Mini Cooper SE, to be precise – will go on sale in India in early 2022, expanding Mini’s India offering. Mini is part of the BMW Group. The price of the three-door Mini Electric is expected to be reported in early January and online bookings for the all-electric hatchback are initiated by the BMW group India, with the reservation fee set at Rs 1 lakh.
However, you will not be able to purchase the first-ever all-electric Mini Cooper when it arrives in India. That’s because Mini opted to offer only 30 units in India and the potential buyers lapped them on day 1 of booking.
Mini Cooper SE Specifications
A floor-mounted 32.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack powering an electric motor that is 186 horsepower and 270 Nm torque replaces the rorty turbo-petrol power of the conventional Mini engine. By adding a large battery pack, the Mini Cooper SE weighs 145 kg more than the combustion engine and must be increased by 18 mm in ground clearance. However, because of the fast torque delivery, the Mini Cooper SE can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 7.3 seconds, with a top speed of 150 kph.
The Mini Cooper SE can recover 80 percent in under 35 minutes using a 50 kW DC fast charger. The same charge can be recovered within 3.5 hours by using an 11 kW AC wall box. The Mini Cooper SE offers a single-charge range of up to 270km (WLTP cycle).
The Mini Cooper SE is distinguished from the conventional model by yellow highlights on the sealed ‘grille’ and ORVM housings, as well as unique 17-inch aero-focused wheels.
BMW believes that the electric MINI will be a good choice for individuals looking for a zero-emission urban mobility solution. “With the first-ever MINI Electric, MINI once again is the frontrunner in the urban mobility segment,” said Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India. “With pre-booking, our customers and MINI fans have a chance to secure the purchase ahead of the launch and be the first in the country to drive the all-electric MINI.”
A total of 4 colors – White Silver, Midnight Black, Moonwalk Grey, and British Racing Green – are offered to the all-electric MINI Cooper SE. It has new 17-inch aero-focused wheels, as well as yellow highlights on the closed grille and ORVMs. The new model is anticipated to be placed against the Volvo XC40 Recharge, estimated at a price of approximately Rs 50 lakh.
Currently, the MINI model range in India includes the MINI 3-door Hatch, MINI John Cooper Works Hatch, MINI Convertible, and the locally produced MINI Countryman.