Mini Says Its Upcoming Electric Car Will Be A Proper Hot Hatch

JAN 8 2019 BY MARK KANE 47

The small and quick urban hot hatch is coming

According to Autocar’s engineering sources in Germany, the upcoming all-electric MINI is to be a proper hot hatchback with focus on performance and will be the “industry’s first electric hot hatch”.

The car will be based on the Mini three-door hatchback and standard UKL1 platform, adapted to accommodate batteries and electric drivetrain. The name will reportedly be Cooper S E.

The range is expected at around 200 miles (320 km), but if the performance is really a primary focus, then it’s hard to say what the average driver will get. The Autocar article suggests that the electric MINI Cooper S E will share the 135 kW electric motor with BMW i3S.

“Mini previewed the EV with the 2017 Mini Electric concept, but the model is due to have much more in common visually with the Cooper S. To that end, expect styling similar to the regular Cooper S hatchback, with some electric ‘E’ trim to provide visual differentiation between Mini’s two hot hatches. After a reveal in the second half of the year, the Cooper S E will reach UK showrooms priced from around £30,000.”

The introduction of the all-electric MINI falls on the 60th anniversary of the brand, started in 1959.

What we know so far:

  • expected name Cooper S E
  • unveiling scheduled for 2019
  • production in Oxford, South England probably from November 2019
  • based on the Mini three-door hatchback and UKL1 platform adapted to accommodate batteries and electric drivetrain
  • range is expected to be up to around 200 miles (320 km)
  • electric motor probably 135 kW (from BMW i3S)

Source: Autocar

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Really excited for this as Mini is a brand I’ve aleays been found of. Hopefully this will be a good seller and hopefully bring some life back to the convertible concept that was showcased oh so long ago.

And if they really are transplanting the system from the i3 then why the hell did it take so long?

The good thing is, the i3 just go Consumer Reports: Recommended for the 2019 model, with 5/5 star reliability rating. If they do share components that would be good news for Mini.

I always find it ignorant when people ding EV cars for reliability sight unseen if they’re made by a company (like Jaguar or Mini) that has a history/reputation for unreliability; usually that unreliability is related to the internal combustion engines. EVs are inherently more reliable.

Mini is all BMW technique.

BF is in that camp. Saying it’s expensive to fix but only watching Rich Rebuilds on Tesla

I’ve been waiting for a proper electric hot hatch

Kona? Has a 150kW motor.

It won’t be that quick.

This is what Automobile Mag said about the Kona EV: “Power is plentiful, and the 201-hp, 291-lb-ft Kona Electric feels sprightlier than its gasoline sibling, with a healthy supply of low-end urge that makes the gasser’s minor case of turbo lag look like an epidemic. And while driving excitement is not exactly a cornerstone of the Kona, the electric version’s lower center of gravity keeps it nicely balanced and stable in corners, at least until the low-rolling-resistance tires begin to give up their grip.”

Bolt is already a hot hatch. It better be quicker than a Bolt.

I would say that’s a given, except the Bolt has a stronger motor (150 kW vs 135 kW) so… maybe it won’t be.

Wow – Ok _ I guess we can get into the Weeds of what a hot hatch is. I think of Golf GTI. Old Honda CRX, Subaru WRX, Mazda 3 i sport, Focus ST – do you think the Bolt is in this vein? Hmm

The Bolt EV has the acceleration to be a hot hatch. Suspension and handling needs to be better though.

Or AWD Golf R

Bolt 0-60mph times match many of those cars that you mentioned, certainly in automatic form.

Handling is not as good since the eco tires and suspension setup.

Base WRX isn’t really all that quick. CRX? Slow POS.

Focus ST is okay.

And RWD.

Too expensive for a 200 mile car. By the time that thing rolls out $35000 model 3 will be available.

I don’t know about the $35K Model 3 coming out but I think Eddie will be correct in that it will be too expensive.

There is plenty of market for 3 and this mini.

We will see. A proper hot hatch will lift a wheel when cornering.

So it will have similar performance to the i3s, have similar range but cost 5k less than the base i3. Not too bad if you ask me.

It will almost certainly be heavier than an i3s due to the i3s’ lightweight CFRP/aluminum/thermoplastic construction.

It might handle better than the i3s so maybe it will be at least a warm hatch?

Looks like another city car to me and we should be way past that now. Given that it’s a European car 200 doesn’t mean 200 EPA it means 150 EPA which is 100 in the winter, that’s pretty useless. The Bolt came out two years ago and it’s 238 EPA, which also isn’t good enough but at least they have the excuse that it’s already two years old. Anything that’s due to ship in 2020 should have at least 300 EPA miles. All EVs are “Hot”, that’s the nature of the beast, you would really have to work hard to build and EV that doesn’t have really good acceleration numbers, so Hot isn’t a distinguishing feature. I wish manufacturers would stop wasting effort on unnecessary performance and concentrate on the one thing that matters, range. After batteries get good enough so that even base level cars have 350 miles of range then worry about 0-60 times.

“City” cars are great on country roads.
The right tool for the job.

Until battery cell energy densities improve considerably, I don’t want to drive a heavy 300 mile EV. 150 miles is sufficient for now.

Agree with most points. Except for the performance part. I wish my leaf was faster. 🙁

Sorry, but I have to differ with you.
Bolt was presented as a competitor to Model 3. That is they expected it to run all over the nation. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. The bolt is another disaster in terms of M3-killer, like volt, i3, etc.

However, this is different. This is not expected to go around the nation. It is expected to remain within a city/suburb confines. More akin to the leaf. If they can get the price down to say 20K, without subsidies, it is an ideal city/suburb vehicle. Most of the charging will be at offpeak, though it is possible to charge in the peak time.

This will sell by the truck-load in Europe.

if they get the price down around $20K, it will sell well in America.

Will be sub-200 miles of range, 20% less power than fossile version, heavier (non CFRP), no REX, ugh… did I miss anything? Dare I even ask charging speed (if DCFC capable)? Looks like this is the compliance car of 2020 for Mini. No love from me! Maybe at $19,995

It’s probably going to borrow from the i3, which would give it similar power to the Cooper S and will have at least 50kW charging.

I don’t understand why every hatchback EV doesn’t have a “hot hatch” variant. I think the marginal cost is minimal ( different tires, re-valve shocks and change spring rates, some plastic bodywork, software tweak), the price increase improves profits, and the instant torque makes them fun to drive and responsive. It also reduces the nerd-mobile vibe.

Totally. Even a bit more power should be possible for most models with an uprated inverter. You can put 300bhp through the motor from an old 24kwh Leaf without saturating it.

Isn’t it rather clear? The total numbers sold per model are still in the low 10s of thousands for most models per year, _GLOBALLY_ (*). How many do you think an expensive performance version of, say, the Zoé will sell (think of the Zoé e-Sport RS concept)? 2-3 thousand a year. Not enough to amortize R&D and homologation.
Once we have BEV models selling in the 100Ks or millions/year, then things will change, for sure.

(*) Tesla’s aren’t yet sold in appreciable numbers outside of North America, and the high-selling BEVs in China are all low-range city cars.

Oh BMW. You are smarter than this. Build something with great aerodynamics.

This will end up OK but overpriced or weak range. These brick shaped cars are just bad EV material.

Overpriced is what the Mini brand is all about.

Excatly! And people love it. The E-Mini will sell extremly well.

No if they sell for $35K. BUT, if they do $20K, yeah, it will be good.

I would like one as a second car/ City car if it was 5-doors. With toddlers etc a 3-door car is just not practical. All children have to sit in a child seat and having a baby in such a car on the back seat is just terrible for your back.
But Zoe does the job really well right now. although a lack of boot space.

For a slow city car, that is doing mostly 30-40 mph, this is fine. It would be nice if they added aerodynamics, esp on the front, but, still, this is OK.

Range is quite okay for a city/between city commute car. Most vast majority of people don’t drive more than 60km a day in Europe anyway. With this range you really don’t have to charge each night.
Only thing that put me off is the 3-door approach so it is not for me. I need a 5-door car with a baby etc.
But then I guess BMW will make an electric 2 series active tourer for young families. That should be a priority and I guess VW realise just that. Younger people can’t buy the high end Tesla’s and Jaguar’s so a 30k price is a sweet spot for these 2 earning families.
We have a Zoe for normal use and a Focus wagon diesel for long trips. I would love to switch the Focus out for an electric wagon. Or Renault should do a electric Scenic.

BMW is becoming vaporware with its products

oh, I think that you can say the same for nearly all legacy car makers.

Until it’s for sale in Pennsylvania, it’s vaporware to me.

Curious. If the new Mini shares the motor from a BMW i3S, would it stay FWD? Seems like a lot of power running through the front wheels. I’ve never been a fan of torque steer.

‘range is expected to be up to around 200 miles ‘

I just changed my mind about mini.
If that is true, they will do well.
These are not meant to be cross-country vehicles, but suburb/city vehicles. As such, 150 mpc is a true MINIMUM on these, but 200 is even better. It allows for somebody to charge daily for 150 MPC thereby extending battery life, and then when needed, jump up to 200.

I think Mini can get into the pick-up truck world with a model named “Mini the Giant”