With the recently-implemented excise tax in place, it seems to have opened the doors for more hybrids to be introduced in the country. First, it was Volvo and now, it's Mini's turn. Autohub Group will be bringing in the Mini Countryman SE All4 Plug-in Hybrid. While there is no definite launch date just yet, the Autohub Group is targeting the vehicle's local debut sometime mid-2018.
On the face of it, there isn't much differentiating the diesel and gas-powered models from this hybridized version. It gets the same exterior trimmings and design as its non-hybrid counterparts but a closer look reveals subtle changes. For starters, there are 'E' badges on the fender, one of which opens to uncover the socket for the plug-in system. There's also an 'E' badge on the tailgate to denote the electric assist in the car's engine.
Providing propulsion for the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is a compact gasoline engine combined with an electric motor. Mini claims a pure electric range of up to 42 kilometers and, on electric power alone, it can reach up to 125 km/h with no assistance from the engine. Speaking of the engine, it's the familiar 1.5-liter, TwinPower Turbo unit which is shared with various Mini and front-wheel drive BMW models.
With the gas engine and electric motor working together, it churns out 224 PS and 385 Nm of torque. It shifts via a six-speed automatic transmission with a manual mode dubbed Steptronic. The all-wheel drive system works with the front wheels being powered by the gas engine with the electric motor providing power to the rear wheels. Mini claims that this plug-in Countryman can do up to 47.6 kilometers per liter.