The Mini Hybrid is available to order now with the very first versions hitting showrooms at the end of June. It’s the Mini Brands first ever plug-in hybrid that will have a public first showing at the Goodwood festival of Speed on the 29th of June to the 2nd of July.
new Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 PHEV
The new Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 PHEV emits just 49g/km of CO2 and has an all electric range of 25 miles from the battery alone with electric only top speeds of 78mph. This means the car is eligible for the additional £2,500 Office for Low Emissions Government Grant.
The Hybrid system on the Mini is made up of a three cylinder petrol engine with Mini Twin Power Turbo Technology and a synchronous electric motor. The engine will power the front wheels via an automatic 6 speed steptronic gearbox and an electric motor powering the rear. When the two combine, they surprisingly produce up to 224bhp for a 0-62mph time of just 6.8 seconds and can manage a huge average mpg of 134.5 whilst the battery still has charge.
When fully charged the electric motors will power the drive of the car for a virtually silent drive up to 50mph then the petrol motor will start up and takeover. This can be controlled however the driver wants via an eDrive toggle switch, so they can continue above 50mph on electric alone as long as there’s enough juice left in the battery. The engine will start up automatically when the charge is low and carry on.
The energy for the electric motors is stored in a high voltage lithium ion battery, very cleverly shaped to go under the rear seats and boot floor to minimise the interior space taken up by such a bulky component. The battery can be charged via the included charge cable from the usual household plug socket or from the standard charging wall box and public chargers. You can expect charging to take up to 3 hours 15 minutes or below depending on the type of charger.
Standard equipment on the PHEV include MINI Satellite Navigation System, Bluetooth, Cruise Control, Emergency E-call, Active Guard and 6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. Other standard equipment exclusive the Hybrid include S and E emblems around the car including over the charging port, special 17-inch light alloy wheels and hybrid specific logos on the displays inside the car.
The new MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 PHEV is available to factory order now.