2017 MINI Cooper Plug-In Hybrid Debuts In LA – Gallery

5 months ago by Jay Cole 25

Winning the award for most ill-named plug-in for 2017 - the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 plug-in hybrid

Winning the award for most ill-named plug-in for 2017 – the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 plug-in hybrid (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

As promised by BMW late last month, the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 plug-in hybrid (known as just the MINI PHEV for the purposes of the rest of this story) made its worldwide debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.

Inside the MINI plug-in hybrid

Inside the MINI plug-in hybrid (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

The MINI PHEV offers all-wheel drive and up to 25 miles* (40 km) of all-electric range via a 7.6 kWh battery…well, at least on the very generous Euro/NEDC rating system.

MINI didn’t give any real world/EPA range specs at the US debut, but one should expect somewhere around 15 – 17 miles (24 – 27 km) when the plug-in arrives next June.

“The Los Angeles Auto Show is the perfect place for the new MINI Countryman’s World Premiere because the exhibition highlights all of the technological progress the auto indusry has made in the last year,“ said Thomas Felbemair, Vice President MINI of the Americas.

With the addition of the plug-in hybrid option MINI has achieved its largest, most versatile and technologically advanced product yet.”

The MINI is powered by a 1.5L 3-cylinder TwinPower Turbo Technology petrol engine (134 hp) and 87 hp electric motor, giving the electrified MINI a 0-60 mph time of about 6.8 seconds.  More advanced details on the car can be found here.

Below:  Full gallery of the MINI PHEV’s global debut in LA, plus a full data/spec sheet on the EV

Distinctive badging lets one know this Countryman is electrified

Distinctive badging lets one know this Countryman is electrified

Ok, we have to admit, this is about as cool as it gets when it comes to the design of center console nav system. Is it as functional as it is good looking? Only time will tell!

Ok, we have to admit, this is about as cool as it gets when it comes to the design of center console nav system. Is it as functional as it is good looking? Only time will tell!

Under the hood of the MINI plug-in hybrid

Under the hood of the MINI plug-in hybrid

MINI PHEV from its global debut in Los Angeles

MINI PHEV from its global debut in Los Angeles

A look at the MINI PHEV's open charge port door (and yes, no DCFC option, but it only has a 7.6 kWh battery afteral)

A look at the MINI PHEV’s open charge door ( and yes, no DCFC option, but it only has a 7.6 kWh battery after all)

Electrified MINI Cooper Countryman

Electrified MINI Cooper Countryman

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 Spec Sheet

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 Spec Sheet

The plug-in MINI should net around 15-17 miles of real world, all-electric driving for most situations

The plug-in MINI should net around 15-17 miles of real world, all-electric driving for most situations

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 Interior (press shot/not live)

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 Interior (press shot/not live)

Hard to miss e-badge!

Hard to miss e-badge!

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25 responses to "2017 MINI Cooper Plug-In Hybrid Debuts In LA – Gallery"

  1. WadeTyhon says:

    I was going to mention the dash/nav as well. I love it!

    What is with the semi-circle green light that surrounds it, though? Is that just for the sake of cool mood lighting or does it light up when charging?

    1. David says:

      Have have a new Mini Cooper Clubman which shares the same interior. The green light changes colors as mood lighting or when you make an adjustment to something like the temperature for the climate control.

      The new Mini’s have BMW/Audi level interiors. The pocket on the dash above the instrument cluster is the heads up display that shows speed, Navigation directions, and information like music and phone controls.

      1. WadeTyhon says:

        Thanks, good to know. That’s a very cool touch! Especially that it responds to climate control changes.

        I haven’t ridden in a Mini for a few years. Judging from these photos, I really like the interior.

  2. MrEnergyCzar says:

    Why couldn’t the Bolt or Audi A3 plug-in also be AWD?

    1. DJ says:

      Likely because the biggest markets for them currently don’t have much of a need for AWD.

  3. bro1999 says:

    Hope you’re busy writing up the Bolt GCotY article, Jay!

    1. WadeTyhon says:

      It shouldn’t keep him too busy. The article will practically write itself. 🙂

      1. bro1999 says:

        Bolt EV: All your awards are belong to us. Lol

        1. WadeTyhon says:

          Bolt EV: You are on the way to disruption. You have no chance to compete make your time.

          1. Jay Cole says:

            Bro1999,

            Reluctantly I was. Geeked for the win by the Bolt EV, but we aren’t a fan at all of the Green Car Journal/Green Car of the Year awards for a number of reasons (some of which may or may not be outlined in the story, lol).

            Here is the piece:

            Chevrolet Bolt Adds Green Car of the Year To Its Resume
            http://insideevs.com/chevrolet-bolt-adds-green-car-year-resume/

  4. Scott says:

    Love that it is a wagon and AWD, but the numbers on the 330e are quite a disappointment, I hope these will be better.

  5. Trollnonymous says:

    I like the AWD. The LG Bolt should’ve had that as an option.
    But still, a PHEV this late in the game?
    I guess better late than never?

    1. Larry says:

      Agreed. If the Bolt had AWD, I could trade in my 2003 Subaru at last.

  6. bitguru says:

    More than three hours to charge a 7.6 kWh battery at 240V doesn’t seem right.

    A classic Volt, with its basic 3.3 kW charger, can charge its 16 kWh battery in four hours at 240V.

    A back-of-the-envelope calculation would rate the MiniPHEV’s charger at about 2 kW, presuming the quoted numbers are correct and both vehicles maintain about the same percentage of unused buffer.

    1. Trollnonymous says:

      Except the Volt does not use all 16KWh of the pack, probably closer to 60-65% of the pack.

      The EVSE it comes with is most likely 10-11A at 240VAC.

      1. Jay Cole says:

        Yupe, that is actually the number…not a typo in the specs. Here is the hard copy from MINI’s long-form presser:

        “The lithium-ion battery is positioned directly in front of the electric motor underneath the rear seat. It is made up of five modules, each comprising 16 battery cells, and like the electric motor it is produced at the Dingolfing plant, the BMW Group’s competence centre for eDrive technology. The high-voltage battery has a capacity of 7.6 kWh. Charging at a 240-volt socket (the type commonly installed for household appliances) takes 3 hours and 15 minutes.”

        …it’s really that persnickety last 10% of the charge

        1. bitguru says:

          I guess that could make sense. It could have a 3.3 kW charger, but an atypically long taper. Time will tell.

      2. bitguru says:

        That’s why I mentioned “same percentage of unused buffer.”

  7. DJ says:

    I’m curious what the 0-60 is once the battery is depleted, assuming they don’t just go in to reserves to keep it going at 6.8 seconds.

  8. wavelet says:

    “Ok, we have to admit, this is about as cool as it gets when it comes to the design of center console nav system”

    Nothing original about that. The original 1959 Mini-Minor had a simple, single round speedometer in the center of the fascia, simply to keep costs down — it also meant that there was no difference between LHD and RHD panels.

    The treatment here actually looks garish to me.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      It is too late. The verdict has been published first here today…and as such, will forever be so!

  9. JustWilliamPDX says:

    WOW! Typically MINI design and character, but utterly disappointing AER and charging time.

    And is it me, or has BMW completely lost the plot on nomenclature schemes? “MINI Cooper S E Countryman All4”. “BMW Individual 740Le xDrive iPerformance”. Hilarious!

  10. trackdaze says:

    With a name that long and a battery that small the phrase “all mouth no trouser” comes to mind.

  11. Pascal Boivin says:

    Great post! Thank you for sharing.. Hope to hear more from you.

  12. Bonaire says:

    Well, another “green sticker” getter due to plug-in status. Small battery does something of benefit for a commuter but not a whole lot. Someone with L1 at home gets their 20 mile electric boost daily – not bad if they drive it a bit like a Volt and plug-in often.

    BMW should make a 110 mile all electric mini-cooper. That would do fine.

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