Introducing the all-new Mini Countryman and Mini Cooper, rekindling the iconic spirit with a sleeker, more minimalist design and an upgrade in interior technology and finishes.
The BMW-era Mini, despite its name, was never truly compact. Over the years, cars gradually increased in size, influenced by safety regulations, security demands, self-awareness, and battery capacity considerations. However, the original “new” Mini, introduced in 2000, perfectly fit into what was then the compact city car category.
Fast forward to today, and we witness the unveiling of the fifth-generation Mini, showcased ahead of the 2023 IAA International Motor Show in Munich. Alongside it, we see the third generation of the larger, more SUV-inspired Mini Countryman. Both of these models are now available in all-electric versions, marking the Countryman’s debut in the electric realm. What’s striking about these new iterations is their return to a more stripped-down and straightforward design language.
Enter what Mini aptly terms ‘Charismatic Simplicity.’ This approach essentially reverts to the original Mini’s simplicity, eradicating the gradual embellishments that crept in over three generations. It streamlines surfaces and seamlessly integrates features like the rear lights into the car’s squared-off, poised stance.
One could draw parallels with Paul Smith’s unique minimalist Mini Electric, especially in how materials and surfaces are treated with less ornamentation, emphasizing an overall minimalistic aesthetic.
Of the two models, the new Cooper stands out, particularly in its high-spec SE trim with two doors. Both models feature interiors dominated by a 24cm circular touchscreen information display, representing the ultimate evolution of the original Issigonis Mini’s central speedometer.
Noteworthy design elements include the abstracted houndstooth dash pattern and the new Mini Operating System 9, which incorporates an ‘intelligent personal assistant’ and offers the flexibility to select from seven distinct driving modes: Core, Green, Go-Kart, Personal, Vibrant, Timeless, and Balance.
The Countryman has also grown in size but retains the technological upgrades of its smaller counterpart. It boasts integrated semi-automated Level 2 driving capabilities and advanced self-parking features. While both models will be available with traditional combustion engines, Mini is pushing the boundaries of electric power. The Countryman is expected to offer around 287 miles of electric range, while the smaller Cooper achieves 190 miles in ‘E’ trim and 250 miles in ‘SE’ configuration, substantial improvements over the current Mini Electric’s 145-mile range.
Both of these remarkable vehicles are slated to hit the market next year, and we eagerly anticipate experiencing what they have to offer in real-world driving scenarios.
MINI Cooper Electric, starting at 34,600 euros, expected to be available in spring 2024.
MINI Countryman, starting at 32,900 euros, anticipated to be available in February 2024.
For more information, visit Mini.fr