The future of the Mini brand is electric, and the newly launched Cooper SE Convertible demonstrates what the company is considering moving forward. This is a single use vehicle. However, it is also a fully working proof of concept. In fact, Motor1.com have First Drive from droptop EV publishing soon.
True to its name, the Cooper SE Convertible combines the electric powertrain of the SE hardtop and the ability to lower the roof. It delivers a tiny EV of 181 horsepower (135 kilowatts) and 199 pound-feet (270 Newton-meters) of torque. This makes the droptop SE reach 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 7.7 seconds. In comparison, the SE hardtop takes 7.3 seconds to reach this speed.
Mini projects the SE Convertible to have a range of 143 miles (230 kilometers) in the WLTP test. In comparison, the SE Hardtop available in the US has EPA estimated range of 114 miles. In general, the range of WLTP scores is higher than the EPA-issued figures due to differences in evaluations.
The Cooper SE Convertible shares identical dimensions to the existing Cooper S Convertible, including having 160 liters of space in the luggage compartment. Inside, there was still room for four occupants.
The power-operated roof opens and closes within 18 seconds. It can occur at speeds of up to 19 miles per hour (30 kilometers per hour). The driver can choose from three settings: open, close or sunroof.
The Cooper SE Convertible will make its public debut in the US during the “Mini Takes the States” event. The drive will run between Burlington, Vermont, and Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Mini is currently preparing a new generation of electric Cooper. This new model will reportedly have nothing in common with the combustion-powered version. The overall length will reportedly be shorter but with a longer wheelbase. Power output will probably reach 200 hp (147 kW).
Mini’s line of electric vehicles will eventually expand to include crossover EVs. This will reportedly revive the Paceman name but will be five-door, unlike the original three-door iteration.