2025 Mini Cooper, Countryman EVs lead brand’s electric remake with 9.4-inch screen
The exciting debut at the show features a fresh take on the Mini Cooper hatchback and the very first all-electric Mini Countryman crossover. Both are set to hit U.S. markets in the 2025 model year.
Unveiled in May, the revamped Cooper sports an updated style inspired by previous Mini models developed under BMW ownership. It maintains its signature short front and rear overhangs and prominent headlights, though the chrome surrounds have been dropped for a cleaner appearance. The grille has also been transformed, now sporting an octagonal design instead of a hexagonal one.
Additionally, the Cooper boasts flush door handles and a more streamlined look, bidding farewell to some of the previous generation’s side-detail elements like fender flares. These changes enhance its aerodynamics, resulting in a coefficient of drag (cd) of 0.28, according to Mini.
In contrast, the Countryman embraces a more rugged appearance, retaining its fender flares that seamlessly blend into matching rocker-panel trim. These flares extend from flattened body sides. Despite these additions, the crossover manages to achieve a lower cd compared to its Cooper counterpart (keeping in mind the frontal area). Mini claims a cd of 0.26, a significant improvement over the outgoing Countryman’s 0.31.
The Countryman’s total length has increased to around 174 inches, a growth of 5.1 inches from the previous generation, while its height has expanded by about 2.4 inches to 63.5 inches.
Mini’s plan involves offering two versions of each new EV. The Cooper E is equipped with a 40.7-kwh battery pack and a single electric motor delivering 184 hp and 213 lb-ft of torque. It can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 7.3 seconds, according to Mini. On the other hand, the Cooper SE features a 54.2-kwh pack and a more potent motor rated at 218 hp and 243 lb-ft, reducing the 0-62 time to 6.7 seconds.
Following a similar pattern, the Countryman E boasts slightly lower output, with 204 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, achieving an estimated 0-62 mph time of 8.6 seconds. Meanwhile, the Countryman SE ALL4 boasts a dual-motor all-wheel-drive powertrain generating 313 hp and 364 lb-ft, allowing it to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 5.6 seconds. While Mini didn’t disclose battery pack sizes, it’s believed that the Countryman uses a 64.7-kwh pack.
European WLTP testing cycle estimates indicate ranges of 189 miles for the Cooper E, 250 miles for the Cooper SE, and 280 miles and 269 miles for the Countryman E and SE ALL4, respectively. Expect lower EPA range ratings, but these new models should offer more range compared to the current Mini Cooper SE, which currently provides 114 miles—the sole EV in Mini’s lineup at the moment.
Charging capabilities are impressive, with the Cooper supporting a maximum Level 2 AC charging power of 11 kW and the Countryman at 22 kW. The Cooper E can DC fast-charge up to 75 kW, while the Cooper SE pushes that to 95 kW. The Countryman leads the pack with a maximum charge power of 130 kW. Mini estimates that a 10% to 80% DC fast-charge will take approximately 30 minutes in all cases.
Both the Cooper and Countryman introduce a fresh dashboard design that eliminates the traditional instrument cluster, leaving a large round central display as the sole screen. This 9.4-inch screen runs on the new Android-based Mini Operating System 9, which incorporates a voice assistant. Additionally, a head-up display is available.
Notably, both models come equipped with various driver aids, including a standout hands-free system that Mini claims works for single-lane highway driving at speeds up to 37 mph, with driver monitoring.
Mini’s ambitious goal is to transition its entire lineup to electric vehicles by 2030. Following the electric Cooper and Countryman, Mini has confirmed the arrival of the smaller Aceman crossover in 2024. Additionally, Mini is exploring a convertible version of the outgoing electric Cooper SE, although it’s uncertain if it will return with the new-generation model.
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