The next-generation Mini Cooper has been spotted in Los Angeles without a single shred of camouflage, showing off the EV's new design and features, including oval headlights and new taillights with the Union Jack still displayed.

The spy photos, which have been circulating online, were captured by a spy photographer in Los Angeles who managed to get several images of the new Mini Cooper. The photos show absolutely no camouflage, not even covering up badges, which indicates that the car is nearly ready for production.

While the overall shape is immediately recognizable as a Mini, there are notable changes to the next-gen version. New oval headlights are larger with dual horizontal elements inside. They sit atop a front fascia that is smoother overall, lacking corner vents but brandishing a slightly larger grille surround with squared corners. At the back, the new taillights are much smaller overall, switching from a rectangle to a triangle shape with the Union Jack still displayed when lights and brakes are activated.

Reports suggest that the new Mini Cooper EV will be offered in two different battery pack options, with the starting point being a 40-kWh pack, and the up-spec SE model wielding a 54-kWh pack. This should give the new Cooper a range of around 240 miles under WLTP testing. Buyers will have a choice between 181 or 215 horsepower.

It's worth noting that electric and internal-combustion next-gen Minis will co-exist, and they will carry some unique styling cues to set them apart. Among other things, we expect to see fender emblems for combustion-powered models, and of course, the grille will have openings for air to enter. Combustion engines will incorporate a 48-volt mild hybrid system for added efficiency.

The new Mini Cooper EV is expected to make its official debut later this year, and it should go on sale in the summer of 2024.

Source: Motor1

Евгений Ушаков
Evgenii Ushakov
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