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2020 Mini Cooper SE: Mini's electrified Cooper shows promise

The all-electric 2020 Mini Cooper SE is quick on its feet despite its weight gain.

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Mini's first electric production car, the 2020 Cooper SE, is based on the two-door hardtop body.

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While technical details remain scarce, Mini says the electric drivetrain is very similar to the one found in the BMW i3. 

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In the i3, the drivetrain produces 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.

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Mini says the Cooper SE will hit 62 mph in 7 to 8 seconds.

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Visually setting the Cooper SE apart from regular Cooper models is a different front fascia with specific grille and new rear fascia.

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The 16- and 17-inch wheels that will be available with the Cooper SE are shared with the normal Cooper models.

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To cope with the with the additional 264 pounds of weight, engineers had to reinforce the Cooper's A-pillars and side sills. 

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Suspension ride height has also been raised about a half inch to cope with the weight.

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Thanks to a battery pack that occupies the center transmission tunnel and gas tank area, the interior of the Cooper SE is identical to the gas-powered Cooper.

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The 2020 Mini Cooper SE will hit dealers in the US at the end of the year.

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