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Mini Cooper S E 2020 electric hot hatch spied undisguised

Would you buy an electric hot hatch?

The first all-electric Mini Cooper S E has been spied undisguised ahead of its debut later in 2019. 

Tipped to use the same drivetrain (albeit front-drive) as the BMW i3s, the Cooper S E is expected to use a 44.2kWh 120 Ah battery pack which feeds an electric motor rated at 135kW of power and 270Nm of torque. This places it not far off the outputs of the petrol 2.0-litre turbo petrol Cooper S. We expect a similar range to the i3s of around 280km from a charge. 

The Cooper S E is expected to go on sale in 2020. The Cooper S E is expected to go on sale in 2020.

Visually, there aren’t many clues to differentiate the Cooper S E from regular Cooper S models - the mirrors are a slightly different shape, the wheels are different, but the dead giveaway is the lime green grille treatment and the green ‘E’ logo that also features on the sides and rear. 

Otherwise, all the classic Mini cues are there - the circular lights, central bonnet scoop (albeit, fake) and LED Union Jack tailights all feature. 

The Cooper S E features new alloy wheels. The Cooper S E features new alloy wheels.

Mini Australia is yet to confirm the Cooper S E for Australia, but considering the recent arrival of the Countryman PHEV and other electric BMW Group products, a local introduction could happen as soon as 2020. 

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