In a move that marks a significant shift in the Mini brand's identity, BMW has unveiled the 2025 Mini Cooper, a vehicle that brings together elements of nostalgia and modernity. While the classic Mini has been a beloved symbol of compact, retro motoring for decades, the 2025 Mini Cooper takes a bold step into the future with a dedicated electric vehicle (EV) platform and a striking design overhaul.
One of the most notable changes is the renaming of the Mini hatch, which will now be known as the Cooper, a name previously reserved for select versions of the hatch. This change extends to other vehicles in the Mini lineup, such as the newly revealed Countryman, which can bear the Cooper name when equipped with the high-performance JCW (John Cooper Works) trim.
For fans of the traditional, cartoonish, internal combustion engine (ICE) Mini hatch, there's good news—the existing ICE Mini hatch will continue to be available alongside the new EV version, though BMW has thus far only showcased the electric variant.
The 2025 Cooper EV comes in two configurations, both featuring front-wheel drive and offering more power than their ICE counterparts. The entry-level Cooper E boasts a single motor producing 181 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque, capable of accelerating from 0 to 62 mph in 7.3 seconds and achieving a range of 190 miles on a full charge of its 40.7 kWh battery. This range significantly surpasses the current electric Mini Cooper SE.
Stepping up to the Cooper SE, the single motor delivers 215 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque, reducing the sprint time to 6.7 seconds. Its larger 54.2 kWh battery extends the range to an impressive 250 miles. The Cooper SE also features a faster charging rate (95 kW vs. 75 kW), and both models can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in 30 minutes or connected to an 11 kW AC supply.
Despite its modern upgrades, the 2025 Cooper maintains the unmistakable Mini identity. Its exterior showcases a more mature and sophisticated design, featuring straight lines, flush door handles, and unadorned wheel arches, reminiscent of a “baby BMW.” The grille, while retaining some familiarity, contributes to a more grown-up appearance, especially when paired with optional 17- or 18-inch wheels.
Inside the cabin, the design team has expertly blended modern technology with classic design elements. The circular OLED touchscreen, reminiscent of the original '59 Mini's speedometer, takes center stage on a simplified dashboard. To enhance safety and convenience, an optional head-up display is available, along with a voice-activated Intelligent Personal Assistant.
Buyers can choose from four trim levels: Essential Trim, Classic Trim, Favoured Trim, and the range-topping JCW, each offering unique interior and exterior features. Additionally, the 2025 Cooper offers seven driving modes for a personalized driving experience.
While pricing details are yet to be disclosed, the 2025 Mini Coopers are set to make their public debut at the upcoming Munich auto show. European sales are expected to commence in spring 2024, with the ICE hatch following in the summer. This means that both versions will likely debut as 2025 models in North America, ushering in a new era for the iconic Mini brand.