Mini South Africa has released full pricing for its new Cooper SE electric vehicle range, which will comprise two variants at launch.

While we have already shared the local starting price (which was hiked from the original number), we now know two variants will be offered in South Africa.

The Cooper SE Trim S will be priced from R642 000, making it the country’s least expensive electric vehicle (undercutting the related BMW i3, which now starts at R721 700). Meanwhile, the Cooper SE Trim L will kick off at R722 000.

Regardless of which trim level is specified, the three-door Cooper SE’s electric motor offers 135 kW and 270 N.m to the front wheels via a single-speed transmission (and an integrated differential), facilitating a sprint from zero to 60 km/h in a claimed 3,9 seconds and from standstill to 100 km/h in a claimed 7,3 seconds. Top speed is limited to 150 km/h.

Internationally, Mini says the lithium-ion battery enables a range of between 235 and 270 km, but the local figure is a claimed 217 km. The 32,64 kWh battery can be charged at a household socket, wallbox or public charging station, with fast direct-current charging possible at up to 50 kW.

The Trim S model rides on 16-inch alloys and features cloth seats, while the Trim L upgrades to 17-inch wheels and leather upholstery. Extra features for the Trim L model include an exterior mirror package, comfort access, a reversing camera, parking sensors (fore and aft), adaptive LED headlamps, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, a head-up display, an upgraded navigation system (with an 8,8-inch rather than 6,5-inch display) and more.

Pick up a copy of the August 2020 issue of CAR magazine to read our driving impression of the new Cooper SE...