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2017 Mini Countryman goes green with plug-in hybrid model

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AutoIndustriya.com / Mini | May 24, 2017 07:44

Mini introduces first ever plug-in hybrid model - the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

As global emission regulations become more stringent, most automakers rush to electrify their lineups with either hybrid or electric vehicles. Mini joins in with their first ever plug-in hybrid model, the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.

Mini Countryman gets electrified with a hybrid system

Making up the hybrid system of the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is a three-cylinder TwinPower turbo gasoline engine combined with an electric motor. It has a total system output of 224 PS and has an electric driving top speed of 125 km/h. Maximum electric range, on the other hand is rated at 42 km.

To put the power down to the front wheels, the engine is mated to a 6-speed steptronic transmission while the electric motors power the rear. The two power units are then intelligently controlled to create an all-wheel drive system that “ensures perfect movement in all weathers and on all road surfaces.”

Mini Countryman gets electrified with a hybrid system

Like most intelligent hybrid systems, there are three driving modes that the driver can choose among. Auto eDRIVE mode allows for purely electric driving up to 80km/h with engine assist at higher speed. Max eDRIVE mode takes the electric driving speed up to 125km/h with engine assist past it. Lastly, Save Battery mode where the car is powered solely by the gasoline engine.

Mini Countryman gets electrified with a hybrid system

Inside, the hybrid Countryman has the same interior as a standard one except for the rear seats sitting slightly higher,due to the lithium ion battery and the eDRIVE toggle switch. On the outside, it does receive model-exclusive design elements such as yellow 'S' badges, 'E' emblems found on the rear and sides and newly designed 17-inch wheels.