Recently, BMW group revealed its autonomous and electric MINI Vision NEXT 100 Concept and the British brand will be developing a hybridized model version of its next-generation Countryman. Back in 2011, MINI has tried its hands on electric drivetrain with MINI E, but that was just a limited production model and now the new MINI Countryman E will be the company’s first plug-in hybrid.
Based on the UKL2 platform, the Countryman isn’t just a refresh, but an entirely new car from the ground up. This new generation of MINI Countryman will be longer, taller and wider than the car it replaces and it will continue to seat five but will have more rear-seat room than before, thanks to its longer and wider wheelbase. The new MINI Countryman E will not share any interior or cargo space to its hybrid powertrain.
Reportedly, the new Countryman E will be power packed in the similar version of the BMW i8’s powertrain, a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine that drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic gearbox with an electric motor powering the rear wheels, pumping out 135HP and 220Nm of torque from the engine and additional 20HP and 150 Nm from the front-mounted motor, while the rear-mounted electric motor will provide 88HP and 122 lb-ft of torque to just the rear wheels. The range on electric power alone as measured in the EU test cycle will be 38 Km.