Mini has revealed the interior of the upcoming Cooper Electric. The design is reminiscent of the original 1959 Mini and offers the car a familiar appearance. While the upcoming car is similar to the classic, it also includes a modern and contemporary touch. The central panel displays both navigation and speed information. It is spherical, larger than earlier versions, and it's bezel-free. Motorists can expect to see more information there because of a head-up display visor on the dash. There is no official confirmation by Mini, but industry reports claim that in 2024, the electric Cooper will go on sale in the international market, with the petrol Cooper following two months later. Mechanically, the electric Cooper will employ a 40kWh battery pack for a claimed range of 390 kilometres.
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New Mini Cooper Electric: What's More Inside?
Compared to the current model, the dashboard of the forthcoming Cooper has been made drastically cleaner. There are no instruments behind the steering wheel anymore. Instead, there is a head-up display. The central spherical screen houses the speedometer and infotainment features. The panel with an oval shape below the screen is where the physical controls are located.
The redesigned steering wheel has substantial grips at the two and ten o'clock positions. One end of the dashboard's fabric gets a houndstooth pattern, while the driver's side gets a grey gradient. Reflecting the combination of innovation and tradition, the car has unique LED lighting patterns incorporated into the knitted dashboard, along with a panel of toggle switches for climate control functions, just like the previous generation versions. However, in this model, things have been simplified.
New Mini Cooper Electric: Mechanical & Other Details Specifics
A 40kWh battery pack and a front-mounted 179bhp electric motor will be included in the forthcoming Mini. More details are expected to emerge soon. Several industry reports hint that the carmaker is following the strategy of teasing bits of information at a time in order to create buzz before the arrival of the model.
The immersive interior of the Mini, according to the brand, comprises a variety of new animations, sounds, and projections, which will make it the 'digital partner in crime.' Further, the clean yet modern cabin arrangement will allow room for more creative space for digital interaction and new digitally-enhanced experiences.