2020 MINI Cooper SE launched in Malaysia – electric vehicle with 184 PS, 270 Nm, 234 km range, RM218,380

After dropping hints and teasers throughout the year, BMW Group Malaysia has finally launched the fully electric MINI Cooper SE. It broke cover just a little over a year ago, and there’s just one configuration on offer here. It’s fully imported from the UK and is priced at a cool RM218,380 (after SST exemption; otherwise it’s RM225,888). The equipment list, as you’ll find out, is actually pretty impressive considering the price.

Included in the price is a four-year unlimited mileage warranty with free scheduled service, as well as an eight-year or 100,000 km warranty for the high voltage battery. Just to compare, the Cooper SE in Thailand is priced at RM304k.

The Cooper SE shares the same UKL platform as the regular 3 Door and 5 Door hatches, so dimensions, design proportions, and interior space are more or less identical. Its electric propulsion unit is rather familiar, actually, one derived from the BMW i3s.

The compact electric motor (which weighs less than a conventional engine) provides 184 hp (135 kW) at 7,000 rpm and 270 Nm of torque from 100 to 1,000 rpm. Comparatively, the regular Cooper S’ offers 192 hp and 280 Nm of torque from its B48 2.0 litre engine.

Being a city car, the Cooper SE is tuned specifically to provide peak acceleration at up to 60 km/h. As such, the 0-60 km/h sprint is done in 3.9 seconds, but the century sprint is achieved in 7.3 seconds. A single-stage transmission is standard, and note that the top speed is electronically limited to 150 km/h.

Under the floor rests a new, specially-developed T-shaped 32.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack with a net content of 28.9 kWh and operates at 350.4 volts. MINI says this is good for a driving range of up to 234 km (WLTP cycle; 270 km on NEDC cycle).

For charging, the car comes with an 11 kW onboard charger and a Type 2 to 3-pin household plug charging cable (dubbed the contingency cable) as standard. Of course, owners are recommended to get the optional 22 kW MINI Wallbox Plus (with an integrated Type 2 cable), available for RM6,500. An additional five-metre, Type 2 three-phase cable for use with public chargers goes for RM1,388.20.

Charging the car from 0-80% takes 12 hours with the contingency cable (3-pin household plug). With an 11 kW three-phase wallbox, it takes 3.5 hours to fully charge the car (2.5 hours from 0-80%), or 4.2 hours through a 7.4 kW single-phase wallbox. It also supports up to 50 kW DC fast-charging, taking just 1.4 hours for a full charge (36 minutes from 0-80%), but this requires a CCS Combo 2 connection.

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To provide protection for the battery, the car’s height is raised by 18 mm, and a solid base plate protects it from road debris. In the event of an accident, an automatic failsafe function immediately switches off all drive components. With all these, the Cooper SE weighs just 145 kg more than the Cooper S 3 Door. Not bad.

Other unique features include two levels of brake regeneration (-0.19 m/s/s and -0.11 m/s/s), single-joint McPherson strut with aluminium swivel bearing up front, rear multi-link setup, with weight-optimised trailing arms. No adaptive dampers or sports suspension here.

Design-wise, the EV is pretty distinctive, featuring psychedelic yellow highlights on the closed radiator grille, side mirror caps, scuttle plates, alloy wheels, and tailgate decors. We get the larger 17-inch Power Spoke wheels (previously called Corona Spoke) that’s unique only to the Cooper SE. Matrix LED headlights and tail lights with the Union Jack motif are standard. Three colours are available – Chili Red, British Racing Green, and White Silver, which you see here.

Inside, you get the familiar MINI Hatch cabin, except the driver gets a brand new 5.5-inch digital instrument display with the same yellow theme. There’s also a yellow start-stop ignition toggle instead of red, eDrive mode (Sport, Mid, Green, and Green+), dual-zone climate control, 12-colour ambient lighting system, and the range-topping 8.8-inch touchscreen MINI Visual Boost with MINI Connected and Apple CarPlay.

Also on are head-up display, 12-speaker Harman Kardon Sound System, a wireless charging tray in the centre armrest, Carbon Black interior appointments, anthracite headliner, and leather seats with cross punch upholstery. Boot space remains unimpeded with 211 litres (same as the regular 3 Door), and can be expanded to 731 litres.

Lastly, for safety, the Cooper SE gets the Driving Assistant and Parking Assistant packs as standard, which includes functions such as autonomous emergency braking (Light City Braking Function; between 6 km/h to 60 km/h), Traffic Sign Recognition, as well as Approach Control Warning and Person Warning. You may browse CarBase.my for a more detailed breakdown of its specifications.

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