Mini has unveiled the new Countryman Plug-in-hybrid, which is expected to go on sale from June 2017. It is for the first time that a Mini is offered with a plug-in hybrid system. Being christened as the new Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL 4, it comes with three driving modes: Auto, Max and Save Battery. The Countryman hybrid can travel up to 40 kilometers on electric power alone, while clocking a top speed of 125kmph. The Mini Countryman hybrid delivers an exceptional mileage of around 48kmpl (134.5 mpg).
Talking of exterior styling, the Cooper S E Countryman ALL 4 is distinguishable from the standard petrol and diesel variants by the model-specific “e” badge on the side scuttles, and also a yellow “S” in the model inscription on the rear as well as on the radiator grille and doorsill finishers. At the rear, a John Cooper Works (JCW) aerodynamic rear bumper features a single exhaust outlet. Inside, the cockpit includes a yellow start/stop unit at the centre of the toggle switch panel and a performance display in the instrument cluster on the steering column. It gets the Mini Visual Boost Radio featuring a 6.5-inch colour screen in the central instrument as standard. The optional features include Mini navigation system XL with an 8.8-inch screen with a new graphic design and touchscreen function as well as via the Touch Controller in the centre console.
Under the hood, Mini Countryman Plug-in-hybrid has a 1.5L 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, which develops 136bhp and 220Nm. It is linked to a 6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission with being transmitted to the front wheels. There is an electric motor housed under the floor of the luggage compartment, that generates 88bhp of top power and 165Nm of peak torque. The motor sends its output to the rear axle via a two-stage single-speed transmission. A 7.6kWh lithium-ion battery is positioned directly in front of the electric motor underneath the rear seat. At a wallbox with a charging capacity of 3.6 kW, it can be fully charged in 2 hours and 15 minutes, while charging at a regular household socket takes nearly 200 minutes for full charge.
Using the power of the electric motor alone, the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is able to provide locally emissions-free driving, and in the event that more intense acceleration is required, the electric motor supports the combustion engine via a boost function. A total system output of 224 bhp and a combined torque of 385Nm are available, enabling 0-100kmph in just 6.9 seconds. CO2 emissions are very low at 49 g/km. Speaking of the driving modes, in the standard setting AUTO eDRIVE, the vehicle runs on electrical power only up to a speed of 80kmph. At higher speeds and in the case of very intensive loads, the combustion engine is automatically enabled in addition. In MAX eDRIVE mode, the vehicle is powered by the electric motor alone at speeds up to approximately 15kmph. Finally, the SAVE BATTERY mode can be selected so as to relieve the capacity of the high-voltage battery or raise its charge state to at least 90 percent.