2020+ MINI Cooper SE Forum banner

1 - 12 of 12 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
286 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Right now one of the most important things for us to figure out is what the Mini EV will be sharing powertrain, suspension, etc. with and right now the closest possible thing is the BMW i3. If true, then we are looking at the following specifications as a base, come 2019 some of this could change slightly:

BMW i3 Specifications - Click Here
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
141 Posts
Wouldn't the current Mini lineup be a better guide for an EV size than the i3? I understand they're both going to be an electric vehicle, but the Mini EV still needs to be similar to the rest of its siblings. MOre likely to see a 5 door or clubman sized EV.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
40 Posts
MINI will definitely go their own way. They can't just forget about their style and history. For sure they can borrow some of i3's specifications and other details, but overall they will stick with MINI brand mentality.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
286 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
MINI will definitely go their own way. They can't just forget about their style and history. For sure they can borrow some of i3's specifications and other details, but overall they will stick with MINI brand mentality.
The best way they can show us that they're all about sticking to what they have done historically will be launching a JCW version of the EV Mini. It can't be that hard especially when Tesla will likely do something similar for the Model 3.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
40 Posts
The best way they can show us that they're all about sticking to what they have done historically will be launching a JCW version of the EV Mini. It can't be that hard especially when Tesla will likely do something similar for the Model 3.
Agreed! That would the best and most rational move for MINI in terms of launching a new EV model with good old character.
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
26 Posts
Right now one of the most important things for us to figure out is what the Mini EV will be sharing powertrain, suspension, etc. with and right now the closest possible thing is the BMW i3. If true, then we are looking at the following specifications as a base, come 2019 some of this could change slightly:

BMW i3 Specifications - Click Here
The best way they can show us that they're all about sticking to what they have done historically will be launching a JCW version of the EV Mini. It can't be that hard especially when Tesla will likely do something similar for the Model 3.

@MiniFootPrint

Thanks for posting that link.

John Cooper Works would be interesting in electric.

Jeff M
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
192 Posts
I would have to agree that Mini will most likely look to other manufacturers as a starting point for performance and specs but I don't believe there will merely try to mirror them. With all the EV models of cars on the way, you really need to stand out. That being said as long as BMW continues to make ugly EV cars like the i3, Mini shouldn't have to do too much aha.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
141 Posts
There's news of the BMW i3. It's going to become the BMW iX1 SUV in 2022, a higher volume seller with less technology. I guess that's to keep costs down, which is fine because that means BMW has the ability to produce an affordable MINI like the i3, so long we they keep some of the frills off.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
192 Posts
I mean is a $50k EV really that affordable? The base model i3 is $10k+ more than its electric competitors. Considering the various Cooper trims range anywhere from the mid 20's to low 30's, lets hope their electric offering is somewhere on the higher end of that range.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
286 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
I mean is a $50k EV really that affordable? The base model i3 is $10k+ more than its electric competitors. Considering the various Cooper trims range anywhere from the mid 20's to low 30's, lets hope their electric offering is somewhere on the higher end of that range.
During a time where people want it more for the fact its the latest in tech from car makers, there's some slight edge they have and not only that but brands like Mini and BMW are poised to put their best features in these, much like most flagship products out there.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
192 Posts
They can put whatever fancy bells and whistles they want on it, but if its not priced competitively against its rivals, its going to be a hard sell for consumers. Although I know many people have a strong brand loyalty to that of BMW and Mini, $10k goes a long way. I really don't think the Mini EV will offer tech, that's so much more advanced than what's found in other electrics, to justify spending a whole lot more $$.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
286 Posts
Discussion Starter · #12 ·
They can put whatever fancy bells and whistles they want on it, but if its not priced competitively against its rivals, its going to be a hard sell for consumers. Although I know many people have a strong brand loyalty to that of BMW and Mini, $10k goes a long way. I really don't think the Mini EV will offer tech, that's so much more advanced than what's found in other electrics, to justify spending a whole lot more $$.
For that reason they should be better off offering different trims but putting more emphasis on range all throughout the trims since its what most owner will be after than anything else.
 
1 - 12 of 12 Posts
Top