Mini has revealed their two new electric models – the Cooper and the Countryman, with each offering an all-electric drivetrain. The 2024 Mini Cooper is a 3-door electric hatch in its fifth generation, while the Countryman is the British marque's first made-in-Germany vehicle available in its third-generation avatar. These electric four-wheelers will be manufactured at the BMW Group's Leipzig factory in Germany, but before that, both Mini models will be presented at the IAA Mobility Show in Munich – which is scheduled to take place from September 5 to 10, 2023. The 2024 Mini Cooper and the Countryman electric models are expected to arrive in the Indian market sometime in 2024.
2024 Mini Cooper EV: Exterior, Interior
The 2024 version of the Mini Cooper has grown in dimensions, with a long wheelbase and large wheels – set in contrast to the car's short overhangs and a short bonnet. The absence of the fender flares and classic side scuttles are in tune with keeping up with modern trends, while the door handles are flush. Up front, the all-electric Cooper is defined by all-LED lighting, circular headlights, a new octagonal grille with its filigree contour, and new OLED daytime running lights with horizontal light graphics, which can be switched to create adjustable light signatures. At the rear are flush tail lights with adjustable OLED tech. For the first time, the electric model misses out on a circumferential black band. Mini says that the car has a drag coefficient of 0.28, which is outstanding for the small car segment.
Inside, the all-electric Mini Cooper features a round 9.4-inch high-resolution OLED screen and an instrument cluster in the middle with toggle switches below them. The central OLED display comes with the Mini Operating System 9, with the help of which all functions can be operated with touch or voice control. The car's curved dashboard features textile surfaces, with a choice of different colours depending on the trim design. Moreover, you also have the option to choose between basic seats or JCW (sportier) seats. The all-electric Mini Cooper is offered in 4 different trims – Essential, Classic, Favoured, and John Cooper Works.
2024 Mini Countryman EV: Exterior, Interior
As for the other electric model, the third-generation Mini Countryman measures 4,433mm in length, 1,843mm in width, and 1,656mm in height, which is about 130mm longer and 60mm taller than the previous version. Like the Mini Cooper, the premium crossover also gets an octagonal grille, configurable LED DRLs offering up to 3 lighting signatures, and revamped headlights & tail lamps. Other bits include the reworked C-pillar treatment as well as 20-inch wheels.
Interior-wise, the 2024 Countryman EV gets a similar curved dashboard with textile surfaces as the Cooper EV, a central (9.4-inch) OLED screen displaying information related to travel, navigation, battery status, etc. In addition, the car can also be had with a split panoramic glass roof, extra luggage space in the boot, and an underfloor cubby for storing the charging accessories. According to the carmaker, the all-electric Countryman is the first Mini to get Level 2 autonomous driver assistance systems that enable semi-automated driving. Similar to the Cooper EV, the third-generation crossover is also offered in 4 trim levels.
2024 Mini Cooper, Countryman EVs: Powertrain, Performance
Underneath the bonnet, the Countryman EV receives two powertrain options – the front-mounted electric motor, rear-wheel-drive Countryman E, and the other two-motor, all-wheel-drive Countryman SE ALL4. The former makes 201bhp of power and 250Nm of peak torque, while the latter cranks out 308bhp and 494Nm. The Countryman E is claimed to do 0 to 100km/h in 8.6 seconds and offers a top speed of 170km/h, whereas the SE ALL4 can sprint from 0 to 100km/h in a claimed time of 5.6 seconds, with a top speed of 180km/h.
In terms of mileage, the Countryman E and SE ALL4 yield a driving range of 462km and 433km on the WLTP cycle, respectively. On offer could be a 54kWh battery for the E and a 64kWh battery pack for the SE ALL4, according to previous teasers. However, there is no official communication with respect to the same. Both variants support up to 130kW DC fast charging as well as up to 22kW AC charging.
Like the Countryman, the Cooper EV also gets two powertrain options – E and SE. The Cooper SE, which sits above the Cooper E, comes equipped with a 40.7kWh battery pack and churns out 181bhp and 290Nm of torque. A sprint from 0 to 100km/h is possible in 7.3 seconds. The Mini Cooper E yields a claimed driving range of 305km.
The SE, on the other hand, makes 215bhp and 330Nm, while the driving range on the WLTP cycle stands at 402km owing to a battery capacity of 54.2kWh. The Mini Cooper SE sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds.