New electric Mini is first-ever all-electric Mini
The new all-electric Mini is now available in Malaysia. This is the first-ever Mini to be powered solely by electricity. The new Mini debuted in Malaysia on the 61st birthday of the iconic, original Mini.
Read an in-depth review of the Electric Mini in Autocar Malaysia Singapore March 2020
The three-door hatch is the same size as the petrol Mini Cooper S. It has characteristic Mini looks as well as styling cues unique to the electric model:
- bumper and radiator grille in Vigorous Grey with yellow E-Badge
- grille blades in two colours: Vigorous Grey or Energetic Yellow
- charging flap with embossed E-badge in body colour
- tailgate handle in Vigorous Grey
- model badge and E-Badge with yellow accents
- model-specific rear bumper with diffuser
The single speed transmission drives the synchronous electric motor which is capable of up to 135kw/184bhp and 270Nm of torque. There is also a 12-module T-shaped battery unit with a net capacity of 28.9kWh. Consumption is 16.8-14.8kWh per 100km of travel. The century sprint takes 7.3 seconds. Maximum speed is 150km/h. The driving range is around up to 234km (WLTP) or 270km (NEDC).
The Electric Mini takes 36 minutes to charge from empty from to 80 per cent charge at a DC charging station. The Mini Wallbox Plus charges up to 80 per cent within two and a half hours. At home, with the yellow contingency charging cable that comes with the MINI, it takes 12 hours to charge to 80% capacity. The inside of the charging flap has an indicator to show the charging progress. In addition, every time the driver brakes, this also charges the high voltage battery.
The camera-based Driver Assistant system makes its debut in the electric Mini. The package consists of several features including brake mitigation to increase brake response and minimise collision force. The Electric Mini also has ark Assistant, front and rear Park Distance Control, Cruise Control with braking function, along with the Wired packages as standard.
Matrix LED headlights are standard features on the Electric Mini. Also, LED rear lights in Union Jack design, E-Badge on the side scuttle, aero-optimitised mirror caps in Black or Energetic Yellow and 17-inch wheels in Mini Electric Power Spoke two-tone with run flat tyres.
The Electric Mini has features specific to the electric model like actuator-contiguous wheel slip limiter (ARB) function which significantly improves traction by providing faster control. The function also reduces power understeering characteristic of front-wheel drive vehicles. The rear axle is configured to the front axle with electric-specific steering knuckles; this enables an electric-specific suspension setting in combination with the body-mounted wheelhouse liners.
The interior styling is also exclusive to the electric Mini:
- Mini Electric Cockpit Fascia
- Mini Electric Start/Stop button in Yellow
- Mini Electric velour floor mats
- Electronic selector lever with Electric design
- Brake energy recuperation toggle
The interior rear-view mirror with anti-dazzle function is standard.
The cabin features dual-zone automatic air conditioning, Leather Cross Punch seats in Carbon Black as well as the Mini 12-Colour Illuminated ambient lighting. The multifunction sport leather steering wheel and raised centre console with integrated electric parking brake are also available as standard to the vehicle. As with the MINI Cooper S, the luggage capacity is also 211 litres expandable up to 731 litres.
Navigation is available, via a 8.8-inch Mini Navigation System equipped with the full Mini Connected suite. There are also Head Up Display, and a 12-Speaker Harman Kardon Sound System. There is also wireless charging function for mobile phones.
The electric Mini finally gets a Digital Instrument Cluster. It is capable of displaying key information on the charging status of the vehicle such as remaining time, percentage of charge, available range and also temperature outside the vehicle. It also displays the current MINI Driving Mode, colour-coded on the light ring – red (SPORT mode), white (MID) or green (GREEN and GREEN+).
Additionally, the digital instrument cluster also presents the driver with information on traffic sign detection reports and high-guiding directions from the navigation system. The system also gives access to telephone contacts and audio programme lists.
As before, there is a Mini Connected app. For the electric Mini it provides details on the charging status with a timer which can be set to ensure the vehicle is fully charged before a drive. Driving stats can also be found to improve driving efficiency.
The all-electric Mini is available in White Silver with Energetic Yellow, the British Racing Green, and Chili Red. There is four years unlimited mileage warranty, eight years or 100,000 kilometres High Voltage Battery Warranty with Free Scheduled Service. The all-new Electric Mini with Sales Tax Exemption* (on the road for personal registration, without insurance) is RM 218,500
MINI Roadside Assistance.
The New All-Electric MINI comes with MINI Malaysia’s 5 Years Roadside Assistance programme. The programme is available for all new MINI vehicles. The comprehensive list of services includes 24-Hour, 365-days-a-year Accident and Help on the Phone and On the Spot Hotline, Free Towing Services and when needed (over 200KM from residential home), Replacement Vehicle, Seamless Mobility, Accommodation, Mobility Services Solutions as well as Repatriation services.
Contact the MINI Roadside Assistance programme at 1800-88-8808.
MINI Service Online.
Making a service appointment has never been easier with the new online service programme. Customers schedule their service needs directly at their preferred MINI Authorised Dealerships via www.service.mini.my.
The New All-Electric MINI starts from RM 2,421.00 per month (based on estimates of 80% loan on a five-year tenure) with Balloon Financing from BMW Group Financial Services Malaysia
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