The New Mini Cooper EV Spotted Testing
Mini Cooper has begun cold weather testing in Sweden for its next-generation all-electric 3-door hatchback. At BMW’s testing site in Arjeplog, Sweden, test mule of the forthcoming EV have been driving on snow-covered roads and frozen lakes. Apart from marking the start of winter testing, BMW also posted photos of the hatch’s camouflaged test mule on snow-covered roads. In addition, the firm said that it would unveil a new crossover concept in 2022 as a preview of the Mini Countryman’s replacement.
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What We Know So Far
Mini’s next-generation hatchback has been in the works for a time, with photographs of the unveiled car appearing late last year on the internet. The new Mini keeps the same rounded low-slung hatchback design as its predecessor, complete with elements like rounded headlights, small overhangs, and a lengthy wheelbase – for the car’s size. Meanwhile, the car’s interior had hinted to a minimalist design with a large central display that would presumably hold a vast number of in-car functions. BMW promises that the new 3-door hatchback would retain all of its predecessor’s hallmark agility while providing more space than the outgoing model.
The fifth-generation hatchback will be the first of a new range of Mini vehicles to join the market, with work on a new SUV to replace the Countryman already beginning. When it hits worldwide markets, the new SUV is expected to be introduced by a concept later this year and will be offered with both conventional internal combustion and all-electric powertrains.
Stefanie Wurst, MINI’s Head of Marketing, comments “Mini is on a path of growth and heading towards a fully electric future. Our iconic Mini 3-door, maximises the experience for our customers through its electrified go-kart feeling combined with digitalised touchpoints – and a clear focus on sustainability with a minimal environmental footprint.” The new-generation hatchback is expected to make its premiere before the end of the year, with global sales beginning in 2023.