The latest three-door MINI hatch is powered by the same electric propulsion found in the BMW i3 lineup, offering MINI’s signature go-kart thrill sans leaving a large carbon footprint.

Mr. Sashi Ambi, Head of Corporate Communications of BMW Group Malaysia; Mr. Harald Hoelzl, Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia; and Ms. Linnet Yew, Head of MINI Malaysia with the new all-electric MINI Cooper SE

In celebration of its 61st birthday, MINI welcomed the first all-electric MINI Cooper SE in Malaysia last week – further expanding the premium segment of the marque’s electrified portfolio.

First debuted worldwide in July 2019, the new MINI Cooper SE arrives in an all-new design language that builds on the 60-year heritage of the brand while marking the dawn of a new decade. It shares similarities with the F56 Mini 3 Door from which it drew inspiration, with the biggest difference being an electric motor instead of an internal combustion engine that drives the front wheels.

“Since we introduced the first electrified MINI model in 2017 with the MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid, electrified MINIs have become a fan-favourite amongst MINIacs nationwide. In just 2019, MINI delivered close to 17,000 units of the MINI Countryman PHEV worldwide. This success drives our commitment towards electromobility even further, as it underlines the increasing shift towards electrified vehicles amongst MINIacs globally,” said Harald Hoelzl, Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia.

The latest three-door MINI hatch is powered by the same electric propulsion found in the BMW i3 lineup, offering up to 184hp and 270 Nm of torque for MINI’s signature go-kart thrill sans leaving a large carbon footprint. It achieves the century sprint in 7.3 seconds on the way to a top speed of 150km/h, assisted by a single-speed transmission.

MINI claims the 12-module T-shaped battery unit has a net capacity of 28.9kWh that offers a driving range of up to 234km (WLTP) or 270km (NEDC) on full charge. With DC charging, it takes approximately 36 minutes to go from zero to 80% charge. With the standard 11kW onboard charger, it achieves the same amount of charge in 12 hours. ‘

In terms of exterior, the MINI Cooper SE mirrors its electrified DNA with youthful Energetic Yellow accents for the mirror caps, e-badge and model-specific bumper, contrasting against the radiator grille and tailgate in Vigorous Grey. Matrix LED headlights and rear lights are standard with the Lights package, along with the iconic Union Jack motif and 17-inch wheels wheels in the MINI Electric Power Spoke two-tone with run flat tyres.

Moving inside, striking dashes of yellow on the push engine button and around the dashboard and gear shift reflect the energetic exterior. For the first time in a MINI, the model comes with a Digital Instrument Cluster displaying the charging status of the vehicle, available range and external temperature in addition to the full MINI Connected Suite. It also calibrates the eDrive mode according to colour: red (SPORT mode), white (MID) or green (GREEN and GREEN+).

It arrives in three colourways: White Silver with Energetic Yellow pairing; British Racing Green; and Chili Red, available at all authorised MINI dealerships nationwide from 26th August 2020.

The new all-electric MINI Cooper SE is priced at RM218,380.78* (on the road for personal registration, without insurance) and comes with the MINI 4 Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty and 8 Years/100,000KM High Voltage Battery Warranty with Free Scheduled Service. Bookings can be made online here with a booking fee of RM1,000.

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Photos: MINI Malaysia