In yet another sign of the impending rise of EV cars, MINI has today announced the new MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid. You can experience it now in showrooms and prices will start from $57,200.
MINI Australia Boss Brett Waudby said, “The MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid is the first step in what will be an exciting journey into the world of MINI future mobility,”
“With performance on-par to the famous Countryman Cooper S but even greater efficiency, thanks to its plug-in hybrid drivetrain, the Countryman Plug-In Hybrid offers exceptional all-round performance, versatility and economy,”
Now available to experience in showrooms, the MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid will be priced from $57,200*.
The system provides up to 40km of electric only driving. The electric motor produces 65kW/165Nm with power being sent to the rear wheels.
The petrol 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine has outputs of 100kW and 220N. It powers the front axle through a six-speed automatic transmission. So basically, this is an all-wheel-drive car electric at the rear and petrol propulsion at the front.
If you combine the two motors, you have a 165kW/385nm proposition.
The high-voltage lithium-ion battery is rated at 7.6kWh and is mounted low in the car. Luggage capacity is an acceptable 405L.
The battery comes with a warranty of six years or 100,000km. If you’re wondering about charging times MINI state “3 hours, 15 minutes via a regular household socket to only 2 hours, 15 minutes via the MINI Wallbox, which can be installed at the home or office for further convenience.”
Chris is EFTM’s Motoring Editor, driving everything from your entry level hatch to the latest Luxury cars through to the Rolls Royce.
He has been in the media for 20 years, produced three Olympic games broadcasts, attending Beijing 2008 & London 2012.
Strangely he owns a Toyota Camry Hybrid, he defiantly rejects the knockers.
Chris is married to Gillian and resides in Sydney’s North West. They have Sam the English Springer Spaniel and Felix the Burmese cat to keep them company, and recently welcomed baby Henry to the family.