The British premium brand's first plug-in hybrid model will hit the market on June 24, 2017. The Countryman's hybrid system consists of a three-cylinder gasoline engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo technology and an electric synchronous motor. The resulting system output of 165 kW (224 hp) accelerates the MINI from 6,8 to 0 km / h in 100 seconds.
The first plug-in hybrid from MINI
The electric motor is fundamentally responsible for starting up. The combustion engine only switches on at a speed of 80 km / h, which can be switched off again manually. The MINI can drive emission-free up to a speed of 125 km / h; the electric range is up to 40 kilometers. In hybrid mode, the electric motor drives the rear wheels via a two-stage input gearbox and the combustion engine transfers its power to the front wheels via a 6-speed Steptronic gearbox. The resulting electrified all-wheel drive is supposed to provide convincing traction even on unpaved terrain, in line with the Countryman's name.
The 7,6 kWh lithium-ion high-voltage battery is installed below the rear seat bench and therefore takes up little space. It can be charged at a wallbox or at public charging stations within 2 1/4 to 3 1/4 hours. They are guaranteed for 6 years or 100.000 kilometers.
In terms of design, the MINI Cooper SE Countryman is kept in the style typical of the company's brand. An “E” emblem on the radiator grille as well as the side scuttles and the door sill trims adorned with a yellow “S” logo indicate the low-emission drive of the plug-in hybrid. Both 17 ”light alloy wheels in the Light Spoke design and hybrid-specific displays in the interior make up a large part of the design. According to BMW, the combined fuel consumption should be 2,1 to 2,1 liters per 100 kilometers, the CO2 emissions amount to 52–49 g / km. In Germany, the MINI SE Countryman is available for 35.900 euros, from which the environmental bonus of 3.000 euros would be deducted, so that the plug-in model can start at 32.900 euros.
Source: green car magazine issue III / 2017
Source / text / video / images: BMW MINI
You can find more information and other hybrid models in the current issue.
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