New Mini Countryman rolls off production line
Today, the Born assembly site in the Netherlands produced the very first brand new Mini Countryman for Europe. The SUV from the BMW-owned British carmaker will be available with most of the powertrains offered by the 6-door family estate Clubman, with power ranging from 136 hp (Cooper) to 192 hp (Cooper S) on the petrol side and from 150 hp (Cooper D) to 190 hp (Cooper SD) if you prefer diesel.
The most remarkable news, however, is that the new Countryman will also be available as a plug-in hybrid – a Mini first. The powertrain of this Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 will be carried over from the BMW 225xe Active Tourer, including a 136 hp 1.5 three-cylinder petrol engine, an 88 hp electric motor, a 7.6 kWh Lithium-ion battery, four-wheel drive and an automatic transmission.
In terms of fuel efficiency, Mini claims this ultra-green Countryman consumes just 2.1 litres of petrol per 100 km (NEDC), equalling 49 grams of CO2 per km. In order to achieve these formidable figures, you will have to charge the batteries as much as possible – something you can do in just 2 hours and 15 minutes with a Wallbox, or in 3 hours and 15 minutes if you use a standard domestic socket. Fully charged, the batteries allow a (theoretical) e-range of 40 km.
As the trendy SUV from Mini has been stretched by 20 cm, 7.5 cm of which are to be found in the wheelbase, the rear passengers now have more legroom. Similarly, the luggage capacity of the boot grows to a satisfying 450 litres, which can become 1,309 litres with the rear seats folded down.
Deliveries of the conventionally powered 'Countrymen' start in February 2017, the PHEV will follow later next year.
Picture copyright: Mini, 2016