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