2024 MINI Cooper Electric Preview and Buyers Guide

2024 MINI Cooper Electric – The legendary MINI Hatch is set to enter its fifth generation in MY2024 in the coming year. The preparations for the transformation of the lifecycle are in full swing and MINI has released the first details and also allowing selected journalists to take a ride on the test vehicles. The lineup includes the 2024 MINI Electric (2024 MINI Cooper SE) and the 2nd generation of MINI Cooper Electric.

2024 MINI Electric
2024 MINI Electric

2024 MINI Cooper Electric Design

The next-generation MINI Electric (codename: MINI J01) as well as its predecessor, which is currently being sold across the U.S., is sticking to the two-door hatchback model. MINI has released photos and videos of the prototype that is camouflaged and spy photos suggest that the car has seen some minor changes from previous versions, including one which was leaked out of China.

In 2024, MINI Electric will maintain its beloved appeal, along with its European dimensions that are street-friendly. Some of the major changes on the front will include newly created circular headlamps as well as a new grille that is octagonal as well as a brand new hood, which has sharp wrinkle lines. The design of the hood scoop on the present model is just for aesthetic reasons however the new model is likely to include the same to provide the same effect. The windshield appears to have been moved forward to improve aerodynamics, which will positively impact the range. It could also enhance the feeling of space, especially in a car of this size. The profile on the side that will be featured on the 2024 MINI Electric could be more or less similar. But the dimensions could be very different. Because it’s a custom-built electric vehicle that isn’t possible with the current model it will feature a larger wheelbase and a smaller front overhang. According to an article from Autocar, The wheelbase will be 40 mm/1.6 in. longer (current model: 2,495 mm/98.2 in. ) The track’s width will also be increased as seen in our rendering.

From the year 2024 onwards, BMW Group will exclusively use sustainable aluminum wheels on every MINI (and BMW) model. Making these wheels using 100% green energy could save the equivalent of 500,000 tonnes of CO2 annually. BMW Group started sourcing aluminum produced exclusively with electricity generated by solar energy in Dubai (UAE) by 2021. BMW Group processes the aluminum in its light metal foundry located at its Landshut plant in Germany. The new electric MINI’s rear end is instantly easily identifiable from a distance because of the newly-designed tail lamps that are thinner and more triangular. A long trim strip will span the length of the tailgate to join the lamps. It is possible that there is an LED backlight hidden behind this strip, but there is no evidence to support this theory at present.

Interior

Drawing inspiration from the spy images that were released on the internet in the past year (via Twitter) The interior of the new MINI Cooper Electric will have an interior layout that is familiar to MINI owners, however, it will have some major modifications to the design. MINI designers have taken minimalistic design and have given the car an elegant, sleek, and modern look. This is especially beneficial to those who are tech-savvy since we anticipate more control options to go digital. The spy photo shows slim vertical central AC vents beneath a small control panel, with retro-style buttons that could be used for audio and temperature controls, as well as a huge heads-up display and an immense floating touchscreen that takes the form of a mirror to use as a makeup tool.

Platform & Specifications

The basis of the next-generation MINI Cooper Electric will be an EV-specific platform developed by the Chinese Great Wall Motor. With the specially-designed platform, it’s likely to provide more space inside and a less imposing exterior to the MINI Cooper Electric currently in production. Thomas Geiger of the YouTube channel ThomasGeigerCar drove shotgun in a model in which he claimed that the car appears larger on the inside. The motor is smaller and the wheelbase, which was mentioned in the previous article is longer and all of these contribute to the efficiency of space.

Variants

In an Autocar publication, there will be two variations of the brand new MINI will be on sale. The base version will feature a 40 kWh battery and the highest-end “S” model will come with a battery pack of 50 kWh. The battery pack with 40 kWh could provide a range of approximately 185 miles. Meanwhile, the 50 kWh battery is likely to allow for travel close to 250 miles on a single charge. The EPA-est. range is likely to be lower but. MINI could not provide the standard model in the United States due to the lower range. Both versions could feature one motor that powers those wheels on the front, and output being tuned to 181 hp for the basic variant, and around 221 horsepower for the top-end model.

Top speed

Geiger claimed that the electronically-controlled max speed on the next generation electronic MINI will be greater than the current model, which tops off around 150 km/h (93 mph). We expect the new version to reach around 180 km/h (112 mph).

2024 MINI Electric Changes
2024 MINI Electric Changes

Feature

MINI Engineer Klaus Bramer has told Auto Express that the new MINI Electric features a less pronounced center of gravity therefore, it’s possible to create a car easier to maneuver and fun. It’s also lighter. MINI is also lighter and that will only improve the experience on the road. The long-range, high-output model most likely to be the one headed towards America U.S., will have more sporty features. Based on the information by Autocar the brand new model will feature an incline towards the rear of the weight distribution.

Driver’s Car

The suspension is similar with a mix consisting of MacPherson suspension struts (front) and multi-link suspension (rear). In its test drive, Autocar was less bouncy and the drivers will be pleased with its stability. Bramer said to that the British publication that electric power steering would provide more comfort when it comes to the next generation version. The brand new traction control will help improve handling. The system for traction control will incorporate an entirely new motor controller and by bringing the two components closer, their operation will be quicker and more active instead of passive, thus reducing the amount of understeer as well as torque steer. At the very least, in the test, it was evident that the new setup offered more traction than the existing fuel-powered MINI Hatch which was brought to test.

Production

Production of the next-generation MINI Cooper Electric will take place at a brand-new Chinese factory which is owned by Spotlight Automotive Limited, a joint venture of BMW Group and Great Wall Motor. It is located within Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province, the factory will have an annual capacity that is 160,000 units. The next-generation electric MINI is just 15 months off from going into manufacturing (September 2023), according to the Autocar report released on March 22nd, 2022. Next-gen MINI 5-door, as well as the new generation MINI Convertible, will roll out from the BMW Group Plant Oxford. It is believed that the latter will include an electric drive.

2024 MINI Electric Price
2024 MINI Electric Price

2024 MINI Cooper Electric Release Date & Price

It is expected that the 2024 MINI Cooper Electric will start being sold at dealers in 2024. Its U.S. launch should follow closely following Europe. As with the current model the next-generation model will be among the least expensive electric car models available in the U.S. market. Handelsblatt published a story on June 11th, 2022, claiming that MINI U.S. dealers received an exclusive preview of the new design in early May 2022. According to the report, customers were so pleased with the model that they agreed to pay for the import duty that could be assessed on the model due to its Chinese origins. In internal discussions, the company could be worried about the complexities of geopolitical and trade issues between both countries. This could be the only option to keep MINI Cooper Electric on dealer shelves up to the second generation of MINI Cooper Electric because manufacturing in BMW’s Oxford plant is scheduled to stop.

MINI U.S. Sales

BMW Group sold 6,786 units of MINI models in the U.S. in Q1 2022 and recorded an increase of 9.4 percent growth over the first quarter of 2021 (6,285 numbers). It is worth noting that the German automaker hasn’t revealed the specific numbers of sales for its all-electric MINI Cooper SE. It’s been revealed that MINI Cooper SE is among the MINI Hatch 2-door family’s sales are, however. MINI sold 1 843 units of its Cooper/S Hardtop 2 Door in the first quarter of 2022, 4.0% higher than the first quarter of 2021 (1,772 instances). MINI Electric’s new prices could begin at around USD 30,000. In Europe in 2024, the MINI Electric will rival the Honda e, Renault 5 (due in 2025), and Peugeot E-208.