Mini brings Cooper SE hybrid hatchback prototype to testsJuly 2, 2020
The photos of the camouflaged prototype of the five-door hatchback Mini Cooper SE are published. The official debut of the new items will be held at the end of this year.
Whenever “spy” photos with prototypes of the updated Mini model appear, it is very difficult to confuse this British little car with a different brand. Over the years, the style of car branding has changed very slowly. So this five-door version of Cooper received only minor external changes.
The novelty will receive a revised front bumper with vertical ventilation holes in the corners, as well as a larger false radiator grille. Perhaps the appearance of LED high beam lamps.
Of course, these changes are typical for the performance of Cooper S, but is it really Cooper S? On that copy of the novelty, which is in the background of these photos, we clearly see the Cooper S badge hidden under a black ribbon, but our sources believe that the main changes will be hidden under the body. Instead of being equipped with an 189-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, this prototype could have the same plug-in hybrid powerplant as the slightly larger Countryman SE. In this case, the power will be 220 hp.
The electrified motor for the Cooper S should help it comply with the strict WLTP emission regulations, and the five-door version of the model may offer a little more practicality to customers. It is also possible that the PHEV version may retain the Cooper S designation as seen on the tailgate.
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