It is a new day folks and one more car has joined the electric party in India! After teasing us for a lifetime, Mini has launched the all-electric Cooper SE in India at INR 47.20 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The Cooper SE has been brought to our shores via the CBU route and is available in a single, fully-loaded variant. If you wish to experience its go-kart-like handling with that pronounced electric shove, get ready to be disappointed a little. Only 30 units were assigned to our country in the first batch and the company has revealed that all the units have already been booked.

Battery, Performance and Range

The Mini Cooper SE puts down 181 bhp and 270 Nm of peak torque from its 32.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The WLTP-certified range stands at 270km on a single charge. Thanks to the instant acceleration, it can sprint from 0-100 kmph in 7.3 seconds and can attain a top speed of 150km/h which is electronically limited.

The SE can be juiced up to 80 per cent from nought in around 2.5 hours with an 11kW charger and 0-80 per cent in 35 minutes with a 50kW DC fast charger.

Exterior

Thankfully, Mini has retained the iconic silhouette but there are some visual elements that set the Cooper SE apart. Keeping the rulebook aside, Mini has splattered yellow accents all across the bodywork instead of blue.

Carrying forward Mini’s iconic and rather distinctive design philosophy, the Cooper SE gets round LED headlamps and the Union Jack-themed LED tail-lamps.

Inspired by a British plug-socket, the distinctive 17-inch wheel design on the Cooper SE is a neat touch. In India, it can be had in four colours: White Silver, Midnight Black, Moonwalk Grey and British Racing Green.

Interior

EVs are marking a transitional shift in many departments and staying true to the tradition, the Mini Cooper SE has become the first Mini to be equipped with a new 5.5-inch digital instrument cluster.

Other features include black Nappa leather upholstery, a multifunctional heated steering wheel, and an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment panel. A new toggle switch on the centre console has also been included which lets you switch between multi-level brake-regeneration system.