MINI's JCW Is Going Electric, Say Hello to the EV Hot Hatch in Prototype Guise

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MINI has already partially embraced its all-electric future, and they're about to take another important step into the zero-emission realm with an all-quiet take on their hot hatch. Short for John Cooper Works, the JCW was recently spied being driven on public roads somewhere in Germany, putting its emission-free powertrain to use.
Some might say that the design is a bit too soft for a JCW-branded MINI, but once the BMW Group-owned company lifts the veils, the styling should be spot on. Even with the trippy stickers wrapped around its entire body, we can see some differences from the regular electric supermini, and they are anything but subtle.

Compared to the Cooper SE variant of the electric MINI, the JCW features a new bumper at the front, split in half in the middle by the vertical and horizontal bars. The integrated apron is somewhat muscular, going in hand with the chunkier side skirts. We can see the rear bumper, which features vertical reflectors, has an aggressive multi-fin diffuser attached to it, and the top end of the tailgate sports a large spoiler. Other highlights include the flush-mounted handles and the fork-style alloys with a two-tone design. The car has a roofline that is a bit arched towards the rear and a charging port located on the right rear quarter panel.

MINI already previewed the interior of the standard car, and it should be almost identical on the John Cooper Works. You're looking at a circular display mounted in the middle of the dashboard that measures 9.4 inches. It runs the company's Operating System 9, which is based on Android, and according to MINI, it was optimized for voice and touch control. Broken up into three sections, it also features the automaker's new personal assistant called Spike, which was inspired by the English bulldog used by MINI since its rebirth back in 2001, when it became an integral part of the BMW Group. The John Cooper Works will probably add sportier front seats, a different steering wheel, exclusive upholstery, and dedicated badging.

Details surrounding the powertrain of the hot hatch remain unknown for the time being, but it has been reported that it might use the same battery pack as the Cooper SE. If that's correct, then it will launch with a 54.2 kWh unit that will feed electrons to the electric motor believed to generate in the region of 250 (metric) horses (246 hp/184 kW). The Cooper SE will feature a 215 hp (218 ps/160 kW) motor, and the base Cooper E will get a 181 hp (184 ps/135 kW) motor backed up by a 40.7 kWh battery. The unveiling will likely take place next year, though it has yet to be confirmed.
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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