MINI currently has only one electric car in its offering, the MINI Cooper SE, based on the third-generation MINI Hatch 3-door. However, the British firm plans to have a 100% electric range by 2030; for this reason, in the coming years, all models in its lineup will be fully electrified.
Although the MINI Cooper SE will be replaced next year by the electric version of the fourth-generation MINI Hatch, the brand has taken it as the basis for its latest prototype: the MINI Cooper SE Convertible, which combines a 100% electric powertrain with the convertible body of the MINI Convertible (known as MINI Cabrio in our market).
MINI’s objective with this concept car is to gauge public interest, although it is not expected that the current generation of the MINI Cabrio will have a version of this type, which will initially be reserved for the next model, which could arrive in the middle of the decade.
Built-in Munich, the MINI Cooper SE Convertible reuses the drivetrain from the closed model. Therefore, it is equipped with a 184 hp (135 kW) and 270 Nm propellant that allows it to complete the 0-100 km/h in 7.7 seconds, as well as a 32.6 kWh battery pack that provides an autonomy 230 km WLTP approved. Compared to the MINI Cooper S Convertible, the prototype weighs 140 kg more. The trunk, however, maintains its 160-liter capacity unchanged.
The MINI Cooper SE Convertible will not reach production
MINI already confirmed at the time that it was working on a successor to the current MINI Convertible, which is likely to derive directly from the fourth-generation MINI Hatch. “ We have announced that the MINI Convertible will receive a successor, but it is too early to talk about the engine portfolio that its replacement will have.”
Everything indicates that the next electric MINI Hatch (and probably also the Convertible) will be available in several versions. Rumors indicate that the Cooper could equip a 40 kWh battery pack, while the Cooper S would go to 50 kWh, more than enough to approve about 400 km of autonomy.
It will also feature a sporty JCW (John Cooper Works) variant, which will include a more powerful drivetrain and revised chassis. What is not clear is whether there will also be a One access model as is the case with the thermal MINIs, something unlikely if we take into account that the electric MINI Hatch will be more expensive than its thermal equivalent, so the extra outlay will have to be justified. with superior power and equipment.