Mini’s 5th “Superhero” Model Will Be A Pure Electric Car

11 months ago by Eric Loveday 21

MIni Countryman PHEV Alongside Original Mini E BEV

Mini Countryman PHEV Alongside Original Mini E BEV

Going forward, Mini says that it’ll shrink its lineup of vehicles to just five models.

These will be referred to as Mini’s “Superhero” models, meaning that they are expected to be the best-selling Minis and critical to the automaker’s success.

Distinctive badging lets one know this Countryman is electrified

Distinctive badging lets one know this Countryman is electrified

We already know four of the five “Superheroes.” 

  • Mini Cooper
  • Mini Cooper Convertible
  • Mini Clubman
  • Mini Countryman

But what’s the fifth “Superhero?” According to Mini boss Peter Schwarzenbauer, the 5th one is a pure electric car, but it won’t be an all-new model. Instead, this BEV will be the electric version of one of the four “Superheroes” listed above.

Our guess is that the BEV will be a Mini Cooper Electric. Mini has already done a Cooper electric, but it was more or less a limited production car that was put on the market to test the technology.

The upcoming electric Mini will incorporate all-new technology. Quoting Schwarzenbauer:

“It’s completely new technology. It’s the next step in battery tech. We chose to launch in 2019 as this is when we will see the technology.” 

As for Mini’s focus right now, the boss man added:

 “The focus is on the all-electric Mini.”

Source: Autocar

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21 responses to "Mini’s 5th “Superhero” Model Will Be A Pure Electric Car"

  1. Seth says:

    From a space perspective I’d figured they would use the countryman, it sits higher which gives more space to work with.

    The normal mini would just be making it hard, although with current tech it is possible to fit about 25-35kWh in that space. The current e-Golf fits 35kWh, but is a larger car. I wouldn’t hold it impossible to fit 35kWh in the space of the fuel tank in 19/20.

  2. 3Victoria says:

    I, personally, would be interested in BEV Cooper to replace my Cooper S. I am not interested in a Countryman which I think is bloated and not in keeping with the Mini esthetic.

    1. jimijonjack says:

      The bigger “EV” the Better , But Not Tesla “S” size …

    2. Nix says:

      Given the choice between a Cooper with 125 miles of EV range and FWD, and a Countryman with 200+ miles of range and AWD, I’d buck it up and take the Countryman.

      I think Mini just doesn’t have as much space to work with in their smaller models. Now if they can find a way to cram everything into the smaller package, I’m all for it.

  3. CLIVE says:

    Mini Cooper

    Mini Clubman

    Mini Rocketman

    Mini Countryman

    Mini Superleggera

  4. Vazzedup says:

    Nothing mini about Mini, plenty of space in any of the models to fit a good sized battery and make it AWD please.

    1. jimijonjack says:

      Space Inside , but there are no Safety Crumble Zones..The wheels are right at The Four corners…Aerodynamics Like a Parachute too…

  5. Mister G says:


    1. jimijonjack says:

      I knew a Guy Named “Yawn”

  6. wavelet says:

    At least they probably won’t try to make the “Cooper” into a PHEV (I can see a 1kWh battery in the glove compartment…)

      1. philip d says:

        A whopping 87 hp and a 7.6 kWh battery in the glove-box.

  7. 3Victoria says:

    No, just a “D” cell, so you can replace it easily 😉

    1. Richard C says:

      Unless they make it like Apple and Samsung products with a sealed battery. Just throw away and buy a new product.

  8. 3laine says:

    “Cooper” is a trim level, not a model.

    Models: Hardtop, Convertible, Clubman, Countryman, etc.

    Trim Levels: One (Not a “Cooper” at all), Cooper, Cooper D, Cooper S, Cooper SD, etc.

    It’s extremely common usage, especially in the US where there are no trim levels below “Cooper” but “MINI Cooper” isn’t really specifying a model.

  9. CLIVE says:

    Rocketman & Superleggera will be MINI’s two new EV’s

  10. CLIVE says:

    I heard the giving the Clubman the Club.

  11. jim stack says:

    BMW’s 1ST MINI-E was produced by ACPropulsion. It had 150 mile range, Excellent REGEN and V2G ,Vehicle To GRID.
    It would be hard for BMW to beat that. Only BYD has V2G built in the car. Nissan does it in Japan with the LEAF with an external Inverter.

    1. CLIVE says:

      So far Mini has dozed off.

      It is stupid they do not have an EV in the Mini lineup.

  12. BraveLilToaster says:

    “it was more or less a limited production car that was put on the market to test the technology.”

    Mmm. Yes. “Testing.”

    So, now that they knew that this worked, ah, 7 years ago now? What have they done with it?

    Yes, I realize that technically speaking, it led to the BMW i3, but really, what was there to test? Was putting a battery on 4 wheels so new that nobody knew how to build it?

    Or is there a simpler explanation, which is that they wanted to dick around and *say* they were building this thing, when they had no real intention to?

    1. Nix says:

      There were real electronics programming issues that were found in the Mini-E test fleet that were not found in prototype testing. A number of those problems were documented right here on insideEV’s.

      So yes, it was a much needed step before launching the i3. The i3 was quirky enough with the REX hacks for the US market, without having all the test fleet issues to deal with too.