Next-gen MINI Cooper SE leaks and shows bold rear end

Just a month ago, MINI showed the first official teaser photos of the fully camouflaged new generation of Cooper SE.

We didn’t see too many differences from the outgoing model and that didn’t surprise us as MINI’s base model typically goes from generation to generation with minimal styling adjustments.

Well, not anymore, as these photos of the next-gen Mini Cooper SE can attest. Instagram user wilcoblok posted the revealing photos showing a white prototype without any camouflage.

While the car features the unmistakable MINI Hardtop proportions (albeit slightly modified), round headlights, a short hood, a floating roof design and short overhangs, a big surprise awaits you at the rear.

While the teaser images revealed a taillight design very similar to the current model, it turns out it wasn’t actually the lamps. In reality, the taillights are quite different, taking on an almost triangular shape and an intricate black pattern on the interior that is reminiscent of a spider web.

The taillights are united by a thick black bar incorporating the “Cooper S” lettering. Wait, didn’t we say it was a Cooper SE? Well the “S” is finished in green and the car lacks tailpipes and a traditional grille.

If this is indeed the all-electric Hardtop – and all signs are showing it – that means MINI is likely to sell the next EV under the most popular Cooper S badge, although we’re not sure that will happen. only in china or everywhere. other.

There’s also a photo of the interior, showing a minimalist dashboard dominated by a huge round touchscreen in the center. There is no instrument cluster in front of the driver, although a head-up display is present.

We can also spot several physical switches under the air vents, likely acting as shortcuts to the air conditioning and audio systems. Some elements are still covered in camouflage, although the sport seats and the three-spoke steering wheel are visible.

The all-new MINI Cooper SE is set to launch globally in 2023, likely based on a new, dedicated platform co-developed by the BMW Group and its joint venture partner Great Wall Motor.

In addition to the small electric hatch, BMW and GWM’s Spotlight Automotive joint venture will build an electric crossover smaller than the Countryman on the same dedicated electric vehicle platform at its factory in Zhangjiagang, China.

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