Mini USA announces the new battery-electric Mini Cooper SE will be priced at $29,900, plus an additional $850 destination and handling fee, when it reaches the U.S. market in March 2020.
Federal tax credits and state electric-vehicle tax credits can reduce the price of a Mini Cooper SE to as low as $17,900 for qualified consumers, along with additional incentives such as HOV lane access in some states, the BMW-owned brand says.
“U.S. pricing of the new Mini Cooper SE was set to establish this new battery-electric as a true class leader in making premium electric mobility more accessible to a broader range of customers,” Michael Peyton, vice president-Mini of the Americas, says in a news release. “We at Mini are pleased to offer more people the ability to experience a drive charged with passion in the form of the Mini Cooper SE, an EV that is built ‘for the drive.’”
The front-wheel-drive electric motor generates 181 hp and 199 lb.-ft. (270 Nm) of torque, enabling the new Mini Cooper SE to go from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.9 seconds and achieve a top speed of 93 mph (150 km/h). The EPA has not yet announced the BEV’s range.
Mini’s new EV will use a 32.6-kWh battery. For comparison, the new ’20 Chevy Bolt has a 66-kWh battery pack and range of 259 miles (417 km).
The Mini Cooper SE’s base trim level includes as standard a navigation system with 6.5-in. (16.5-cm) display, Apple CarPlay compatibility, Bluetooth with phone and audio streaming, active driving assistant with forward collision warning, acoustic pedestrian warning and rearview camera. Two additional trim levels also will be offered.