Mini has taken the wraps off of its fifth-generation Cooper and Countryman models, and both sharper new designs will also include revamped EV versions.
The 2025 versions of the three- and five-door Cooper hatchback, and the three- and five-door Countryman compact SUV carry on the brand’s ubiquitous mini stature; in fact, while the Cooper has a longer wheelbase, it’s shorter overall than the current generation thanks to even shorter front and rear overhangs. It rides on 18-inch wheels and features a matrix LED tail light design that offers three different selectable animated sequences.
The Countryman sits slightly taller than the current gen, and is 130 mm longer with a more rugged look. It sits on larger 20-inch wheels.
While we know the 2025 Cooper will start with the three-door gas-powered version in the spring of 2024, and the five-door that fall, we don’t know as of yet when we’ll see the EV version. The Countryman EV, however, is coming in the fall next year, with the gas models showing up earlier.
The next-gen electric Minis look to be a far cry better than the current Mini Cooper SE, which offers only 183 km of range. The 2025 Mini Cooper EV three-door model will come in two versions and with a next-gen electric powertrain: the Cooper E gets a 42 kWh batter and 181 hp, while the SE upsizes to a 54.7 kWh battery and 214 hp. While there is no word on range as of yet, considering the current Cooper SE has a 32 kWh battery, you can expect to go further with the next generation.
The Countryman comes with the BEV option for the first time, with the Countryman E getting a 64.7 kWh batter and 188 hp. The SE gets two electric motors for Mini’s ALL4 all-wheel drive, 308 hp and a quick run to 100 km/h of 5.8 seconds. Again, no details of range have been released as of yet.
Mini will also offer the Aceman, a subcompact crossover, in the same E and SE electric models at a future date.
A big change comes in the interiors of both vehicles; while they keep the large, round infotainment screens, the system is a huge upgrade over the last. Gone is the ‘letterbox’-style screen, and instead the full 240-mm-diameter, OLED screen is used for information.
The new Mini Operating System 9 is fast and sophisticated, developed in-house, but based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) software. Navigation is cloud-based with an augmented view for 3D visualization, and there’s a new voice-command system.
It also offers up to eight Experience modes, which changes the screen displays. An optional projector illuminates the instrument panel and door panels, mirroring the Experience mode selected by the driver. Traditional toggle switches are found under the screen.
Mini plans to have 50 per cent of sales electric by 2025 and a full 100 per cent by 2030, so this new generation of EVs is important for that goal. We’ll have to wait until closer to the release dates to see about pricing, but the current Mini SE starts at $48,190 here in Canada.