The Mini Cooper range will have more electric models in the coming years. Our spies believe this is the first look at the high-performance John Cooper Works EV variant.
Compared to the official teaser of the upcoming electric Mini (below), the car in this spyshot has a different front fascia with a vertical stand in the middle. The headlights are the same shape, but these photos show the development vehicle with stacked horizontal running lights.
There is no stylistic difference between the vehicles in profile. The new Mini had a boxy silhouette reminiscent of the revived Mini that arrived in 2000. This one rode on a U-shaped five-spoke wheel and machined faces.
The JCW has a revised rear bumper with high reflectors on the outside corners. The simulated diffuser runs along the bottom instead of the smoother styling on the standard model.
Recent spy photos give us a good look at the cabin of the upcoming Mini EV. There is a circular display in the center of the dashboard. The speedometer is on top, and the infotainment task is below. There seems to be no gauges behind the wheel.
In May 2023, Mini confirmed the technical details about the upcoming 2024 Cooper Electric three-door hatchback. The entry-level version has a front-mounted electric motor that produces 181 horsepower and a 40.7 kilowatt-hour battery pack. This setup offers an approximate range of 186 miles in Europe.
The Cooper SE increases the output of the front-mounted motor to 215 hp and increases the battery capacity to 54.2 kWh. The estimated range in Europe will increase to 249 miles.
To be worthy of the John Cooper Works nickname, we expect this model to have more power than the SE.
The new Cooper EV rides on a special electric vehicle platform called the Spotlight. BMW developed it with China’s Great Wall Motor.
The first Cooper EV will arrive in 2024. We don’t expect the John Cooper Works variant to arrive at the same time as the others. Mini also does Aceman and the Countryman electric crossover.