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Mini Cooper S E 2020 to be world's first electric hot hatch

The Mini E S will borrow its key underpinning from the BMW i3s

Mini’s new EV will be the world’s first electric hot hatch, with the brand’s first battery-powered model to wear the hallowed 'S' badging when revealed later this year.

Reports out of Europe suggest the brand is more focused on fun than frugality with what will be called the Cooper S E, which will be revealed this year to celebrate the Mini brand’s 60th anniversary.

It is expected the Coper S E will borrow the electric motor from the sportier BMW i3s, meaning we can expect around 135kW and 270Nm from the three-door Mini EV. That's about on-par with the figures produced by the petrol-powered Cooper S (141kW and 280Nm).

Expect the BMW’s battery pack to be fitted to the Mini, too, translating to a claimed range of around 320km.

While pricing remains a mystery, UK outlets are suggesting a price tag of around 30,000 pounds, which would put the S E about 10,000 pounds above the regular petrol-powered three-door Cooper S.

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