Mini embraces a green future with the launch of its first ever plug-in hybrid model, a Countryman.
Brit carmaker Mini is to embrace a green future after announcing plans to launch a hybrid version of its popular Countryman model. The plug-in hybrid variant will arrive in the UK this summer and will be the car maker’s first foray into true low emissions motoring.
Offering the option of a pure electric driving mode with zero tailpipe emissions, the Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4 will launch on June 24 and be priced from £31,585 before the application of the government plug-in car grant.
The car’s hybrid system is made up of a three-cylinder petrol engine and a synchronous electric motor. Together they generate a combined output of 224hp, enabling the car to sprint from standing to 62mph in 6.8 seconds.
Power from the engine is transmitted to the front wheels via a six-speed semi-automatic gearbox, while the electric motor powers the rear wheels to give the car its all-wheel drive capability.
Only the electric motor is initially active, which results in a virtually noiseless start. Once a driving speed of 50mph is reached, Mini says the combustion engine is ‘gently’ activated. There’s a driver-activated control allowing continued progress under electric power if required, plus a high performance mode letting the car top out at 78mph. The electric range is 25 miles.
Key to the car’s performance is its lithium-ion battery. It can be charged at a conventional household socket or, for increased power input and reduced waiting times, at a wallbox or public charging station. Charging takes between 2:15 and 3:15 hours depending on the outlet used. The high-voltage battery comes with a warranty which lasts for six years or 60,000 miles.
Based on the Countryman’s SE specification, the car boasts satellite navigation, Bluetooth, cruise control, emergency E-call, and a six-speed steptronic automatic transmission. In addition, the car gains model-specific elements such as the “E” emblem on the radiator grille and 17-inch light alloy wheels in Light Spoke design.
Gallery: Mini Countryman Plug-In hybrid
The MINI brand’s first plug-in hybrid model will hit British roads in 2017 – the new all-rounder for town and country now offers the option of purely electric driving with zero tailpipe emissions.
Available to order from today, the new MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 will launch on 24th June 2017 and is priced from £31,585 OTR. On the road pricing does not include the government plug-in car grant.
The first plug-in hybrid model in the MINI product range offers sporty agility on the road as well as competency beyond the asphalt thanks to its intelligent all-wheel drive system. The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 hybrid system is made up of a 3-cylinder petrol engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology and a synchronous electric motor. Together they generate a system output of 165 kW/224 hp enabling the car to sprint from standing to 62mph in 6.8 seconds.
The power of the combustion engine is transmitted to the front wheels via a 6-speed Steptronic transmission, while the electric motor powers the rear wheels. The intelligently controlled interaction between the two power units creates an all-wheel drive system that optimises agility and stability on the road as well as providing supreme traction over snow and unsurfaced terrain.
In everyday traffic the intelligent drive control of the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 makes for an intense hybrid driving experience. When setting off, only the electric motor is initially active meaning a virtually noiseless start. As is typical of electric motors, the entire torque is available from standing. Once a driving speed of 50mph is reached, the combustion engine is gently activated. The eDRIVE toggle switch enables the driver to continue to drive with only the electric engine beyond this point if preferred: in MAX eDRIVE mode the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 runs at up to 78mph free of local emissions. The electric range of the first MINI plug-in hybrid model is 25 miles.
The energy required for this is stored in a high-voltage lithium-ion battery. It can be charged at a conventional household socket or, for increased power input and reduced waiting times, at a wallbox or public charging station. Charging takes between 2:15 and 3:15 hours.
The efficiency and pulling power of the electric motor, its cleverly controlled interaction with the combustion engine and the premium quality and reliability of all components of the hybrid system is the result of the BMW Group’s eDrive technology. The high-voltage battery comes with a warranty which lasts for six years or 60,000 miles.
The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 combines its progressive drive system with the versatile space concept and hallmark brand style of the latest MINI model range. The battery is housed underneath the rear seat and flat load boot floor, minimising drawbacks to boot space and leg room. The luggage compartment volume of the hybrid model is 405 litres, which can be extended to as much as 1 275 litres with the rear backrests folded down.
The new MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 comes with a range of high quality standard equipment. This includes the MINI’s acclaimed Satellite Navigation System, Bluetooth, Cruise Control, Emergency E-call and Active Guard among other features. 6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, the MINI Driving Modes and three spoke sports steering wheel are also offered as standard.
In addition to model-specific design elements such as the “E” emblem on the radiator grille and side scuttles as well as door sill finishers with a yellow “S” logo, the 17-inch light alloy wheels in Light Spoke design are another distinguishing feature exclusive to the model. Inside, hybrid-specific displays and the eDRIVE toggle switch indicate the distinctive character of the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.