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New hybrid Mini Countryman to debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Thursday 11 May 2017, By Autovolo

New hybrid Mini Countryman to debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

New hybrid Mini Countryman to debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Mini will give its first hybrid model – the Cooper S E Countryman All4 – its UK debut at the world-famous Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The S E Countryman is available to order from Mini centres and starts from £31,585 OTR and is suitable for the government’s £2,500 electric vehicle grant. 

Fitted with a lithium-ion battery that can be charged at public points and through a home outlet, the hybrid Countryman is capable of covering 25 miles on electric power at a top speed of 78mph.

The electric unit is paired with a three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine and offers an overall output of 224bhp when working in tandem, meaning the S E Countryman can get from 0-60mph in 6.7 seconds. When in four-wheel drive mode, the petrol engine’s power goes to the front wheels and the electric power is sent to the back, due to its better torque delivery. The Countryman is fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission. 

When pulling away from a standing start only the electric motor is in use, but that does mean a quicker and almost noiseless getaway. The petrol engine then seamlessly kicks in at 50mph, but drivers can choose to use only electric power with the eDrive function. With the hybrid setup, the S E Countryman can achieve 134.5mpg and emit less than 50g/km CO2. 

Features-wise, the S E Countryman comes with satellite navigation, cruise control, Bluetooth, Mini driving modes and three-spoke sports steering wheel, as well as ‘E’ and ‘S’ designation badges.

The Goodwood Festival of Sport takes place between June 29th and July 2nd.