Mini Cooper SE: electric hatch pictured without camo

Published: 24 June 2019

► Borrows i3 powertrain
► Pictured without camo
► Front-wheel drive, again 

Here’s the forthcoming electric Mini Cooper SE, spotted ahead of its official reveal in seemingly no camo. From the looks of these pictures, our friend with the long lens has stumbled upon the official lifestyle photoshoot for the new car; note the urban-chic background.

Mini Cooper S E: electric EV spotted

Styling-wise the electric Mini doesn’t move too far away from the standard formulae, but there are a few details that separate it from the standard car – for better or worse. Study these pictures and you’ll notice a closed-off grille – possible due to an EV’s reduced cooling requirements – and plenty of yellow flashes, too.

Read our prototype review of the Mini Cooper SE here

Mini Cooper S E: electric EV spotted

We’re really not sure about the latter, but it was always going to happen, wasn’t it? Let’s see if BMW’s own i4 gets the same treatment, or if it’ll be a little more reserved.

What about the specs?

The Mini Cooper SE should use the same powertrain as the BMW i3, so expect a 33.8kWh battery back with around 110-115 miles. And like the other BMW hatch revealed recently, it’ll be available in front-wheel drive.

Mini Cooper S E: electric EV spotted

Still, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t handle well, and you can read our prototype review to see how it’s shaping up.

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast