MINI confirms plug-in hybrid Countryman for Australia

MINI Australia has confirmed it will bring the first-ever production MINI plug-in hybrid to Australia, with a local launch set for quarter two next year for the 165kW Countryman S E All4.

Featuring a turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and synchronous electric motor,  the new hybrid Countryman will have an expected electric range of 40km and a top speed of 125km/h in MAX eDRIVE electric mode.

The engine develops peaks of 100kW and 220Nm and drives the front wheels through a six-speed Stepronic automatic transmission, while the synchronous electric motor powers the rear axle, via a two-stage, single-speed transmission.

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It produces a 65kW power peak, with 160Nm of torque that is instantly available. Combined output is rated at 165kW, enabling a 0-100km/h time of only 6.8 seconds, while an electronically-controlled interaction between the two power units enables all four wheels to be driven when required, maximising traction.

In normal driving the Countryman S E All4 relies solely on the electric motor, at speeds of up to 80km/h. From this point, the combustion engine is gently engaged, ensuring a continued flow of smooth, responsive power at all speeds.

Charge time to 80 per cent can be achieved in 3 hours 15 minutes via household plug, or 2 hours 15 minutes via the MINI Wallbox. The battery pack carries a six year, 100,000km warranty. Pricing and specification will be confirmed closer to launch.

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