If you’ve been waiting for a sporty Tesla Model 3 alternative, the all-electric 2020 Mini Cooper SE should do the trick. It hits US showrooms in March 2020 and is priced from $29,900 before the $7,500 federal tax credit and state incentives. This front-wheel-drive vehicle is powered by an electric motor fed by a 32.6-kilowatt-hour battery pack generating 181 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. The expected range is 146-168 miles on a full charge, with 0-60 mph acceleration in a zippy 6.9 seconds. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Inside, you’ll find heated front seats, a 6.5-inch display with Apple CarPlay compatibility, active driving assistant, a rear view camera, and DC fast charging up to 50 kW, which means you’ll be able to charge from 0-80% in just 35 minutes. Besides the charging port on the rear passenger side, which has an LED light that illuminates when there’s a plug in place, you won’t easily be able to tell this apart from the other models.
The MINI Cooper SE also includes a programmable locking feature that can prevent the charge cord from being unplugged when charging and can automatically unlock when fully charged to allow others needing charge access to the charger. The MINI Cooper SE also comes standard with a two-mode regenerative braking system to help maximize the recharging of the battery while also meeting your personal driving style preference,” said the company in a statement.