New Electric Mini Cooper Comes Out To Play

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Mini took a snow day to test its next EV.

It's been a long time coming. Like so many other automotive brands, Mini is going all-electric in the coming years. What you're looking at here is the start of it. The last production Mini with a gas-powered engine will be released in 2025. After that, it's all EV all the time for the once-British brand.

Right now, the first and only electric vehicle in Mini's stable is the Mini Cooper Electric. And to be fair, it does a very good job of staying true to what it means to be a Mini product. It makes only 181 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque, with around 110 miles of range. Frankly, those numbers probably won't be changing much when the camo-clad car pictured here makes its official debut.

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Back once again for snow testing following a year-long hiatus, our spy photographers have captured new images of the upcoming Mini EV. As far as we can tell, not much has changed visually in the last year. Mini looks to have slightly refined the shape of the lower grille, and what appears to be an adaptive cruise control sensor is clearly visible above the plate. However, far more obvious is the addition of rocker panels to the small 2-door hatch.

We're not sure if it's the new camo livery talking, but it also looks like Mini has changed up the side markers for a more "flowy" shape. Things are largely the same for Mini's new EV version of the iconic hatchback out back. A rear window wiper has thankfully made an appearance, and the cutouts in the rear hatch lid indicate the taillights are still bisected by the hatch.

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This time around, we've managed to get a look at more of the interior. It's likely nowhere near what we'll see come the Mini EV's debut, but the hardpoints are a good indicator of what's to come. The center screen found in current Mini Clubman and other models is still going to be present, but we wouldn't be surprised to see a larger screen. Notably, the center stack is still a half-circle at the top, a nod to the Mini Coopers of old. We'll have to wait to see the rest when the Mini EV debuts.

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