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Mini’s first plug-in hybrid model to launch in June

Friday 03 March 2017, By Autovolo

Mini’s first plug-in hybrid model to launch in June

Mini’s first plug-in hybrid model to launch in June

Mini will launch its first plug-in hybrid on June 24, in the form of the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.

The new model will be powered by a three-cylinder petrol engine combined with an electric motor, and cost from £31,585, offering good levels of economy at a competitive price. Taking the government’s plug-in car grant into account, the model could set buyers back as little as £27,085.

While fuel consumption is a satisfying 134.5mpg, power isn’t lacking. The two powertrains in the model will make a combined 220bhp, allowing the Countryman to reach 60mph in 6.8 seconds. The petrol unit sends power to the front wheels, while the electric motor sends drive to the rears.

When the car sets off, only the electric motor will be used, with the petrol unit kicking in at 50mph. Should the driver wish to, they can select ‘Max eDrive’ mode and use electric-only power to reach up to 78mph.

The electric batteries in the Countryman can be charged using either a domestic socket, or a public charging station, and can be charged to full in as little as two-and-a-quarter hours. 

The car’s all-electric range is estimated to be around 25 miles, and the battery comes with a 60,000 mile or six-year warranty, too.