There are probably only a select number of cars that give the driver a hint of traditional values and the future in an instant after entering the car. The electric Mini Cooper bravely defends its design language, which has been cultivated for decades, and leads its clientele to emission-free driving times. In our winter test, we tested the SE under cool conditions in the real north and learned some interesting details.
It's hard to believe, but over 20 years ago, at the end of September 2000, the new Mini had its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show. The relaunch of the traditional British brand resulted in an image change towards a practical and urban character with a high lifestyle image. Driving pleasure as well as unmistakable exterior and interior have made it an icon of its own in the compact car segment within two decades. We take a look at the developments over the next few years.
The Mini Cooper has a long tradition. In the times of the Suez crisis and the associated oil shortage, a Briton invented the small car in a new compact format. Alec Issigonis, designer at the British Motor Corporation, replaced the previously common rear-wheel drive with the space-consuming cardan tunnel with a front-wheel drive.
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 off. Only at a speed of 80 km / h does the combustion engine switch on, which can be switched off manually but also again ... Continue reading "MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4