New Mini Electric seen in testsJuly 14, 2020
The masked prototype suggests that the new supermini EV will be updated along with the traditional-fuel model.
Mini seems to be preparing a slightly updated version of its new Electric hatchback just a year after its launch, as part of the updates for its lineup. As with the disguised five-door Cooper S five-door hatchback prototype seen last week, Electric hopes to get a modified bumper and front grille, but hidden interior elements suggest that a new infotainment system can also be provided in the EV. Changes elsewhere are likely to be much more subtle, given that the car was recently released.
However, the five-door car should be significantly updated before 2023 – it was slightly modified only once during its seven-year life – to bring it in line with new competitors, including the Audi A1 Sportback, Ford Fiesta and Renault Clio. The prototype seen by photo spies seems to hide only small style changes underneath its camouflage film, but more interesting are the hints that this is a plug-in hybrid.
The “E-FZG” sticker on the windshield means that the prototype power plant consists of internal combustion elements and electrical elements. Given that the Mini has not yet introduced soft-hybrid or hybrid options in its lineup, most likely it will be a variant of the more powerful hybrid Countryman Cooper S E All4 power plant. The charging port is not visible, but in Countryman it is on the opposite side of the car from the fuel tank cap.
Such a step would make sense given the Mini’s gradual shift to clean electric vehicles, and give it a warm place in the growing hatchback plug-in market, which is currently occupied by models including the Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid, Mercedes-Benz A250e and Volkswagen Golf GTE
It is not yet known whether Cooper S will be offered exclusively as a plug-in. Earlier this year, Autocar announced that BMW has delayed the development of a next-generation mini-hatchback, both for reasons related to the cost of upgrading its Oxford plant and because of the uncertainty surrounding Britain’s relationship with the European Union.
The model is about to move from its UKL1 architecture to a new platform, probably the front-wheel drive FAAR BMW or a completely new platform developed in partnership with the Chinese company Great Wall Motors. FAAR architecture is already at the heart of the plug-in version of the BMW X1 SUV, but the Countryman PHEV sits on top of an all-wheel drive platform.
If he really follows in the footsteps of his larger brother, then we can expect that the Cooper S PHEV will receive its power from a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine providing 134 liters. with .. and the electric motor will give out 87 l. from. Also likely to increase the range. Design changes will be minimal, but the hatchback is likely to get an Electric digital instrument display, an additional 8.8-inch touch screen and many new personalization options.
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