It’ll arrive for the 2023 model year.
Mini has ambitious intentions to transition to an all-electric brand by 2030. However, as the business prepares the next-generation Mini Hatch three-door, the route there will require some refinement. It’s actually getting ready to release two new Minis, one petrol and one electric. As Mini prepares to debut the new Mini Cooper SE, new spy images suggest that development on the gas-powered car is continuing.
The hatch is camouflaged in yellow and black in the new photographs, but the coverings can’t hide the familiar pattern underneath. The next Mini will retain much of the distinctive style of the existing model. The electric vehicle will be given a makeover. The present model’s round headlamps, squared-off rear end, and boxy taillights will be carried over to the new gas-powered variant.
The next Mini will be built on a highly modified version of the present UKL1 platform, which has now evolved into UKL2, which underlies various BMW and Mini vehicles such as the 1 Series and Countryman. The next Mini Hardtop will include a wider track, a longer wheelbase, and larger wheels hidden beneath the fenders. It will also come with a new generation of traction control.
We don’t know what powertrains will be available in the next-generation Mini three-door, but reports suggest that the current crop of engines will be carried over. As a result, the hatchback will be available with a variety of turbocharged three- and four-cylinder engines, though Mini may adjust them to suit the new emissions rules.
The Mini EV won’t worry about those too much when it debuts. The car will allegedly offer the Mini Cooper SE EV in two flavors. An entry-level model will back a 40-kilowatt-hour battery offering a range of about 185 miles (297 kilometers). There will be a more powerful variant with a 50-kWh battery pack, 250 miles (402 km) of range, and more than 200 (horsepower (147 kilowatts).
The new Mini will debut before the end of the year before going on sale for the 2023 model year. The three-door version will launch first before Mini updates the rest of its lineup. The all-electric SE will follow the three-door car’s debut, followed by the John Cooper Works variants, too.
Gallery: New Mini Hatch 3-Door Spy Shots