2017 MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 Unveiled – PHEV Boasts Up To 24* Miles Electric Range

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MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 plug-in hybrid provides the option of mobility that is purely electric, coupled with the MINI driving spirit.

That’s the gist of the press release on the all-new plug-in hybrid MINI Countryman that will launch in June 2017.

Basically, MINI is saying that the  Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (ridiculously long name, courtesy of BMW Group’s horrendous naming conventions for plug-ins) is everything you’d expect from a MINI, but with some added electrification for improved efficiency and reduced emissions.

MINI’s press blast includes all of the vital information on this new plug-in, minus pricing. Here are the major details:

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 Spec Sheet

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 Spec Sheet

Note the asterisk next to 24 miles of range. We assume this is an NEDC figure (MINI does notes that the“range is preliminary and will be finalized closer to market launch”).

Given the 7.6 kWh battery is the same as found in the BMW 330e (as well as the electric motor rating of 65 kW/87hp), and that the BMW is rated at 14 miles of real world/EPA range, we’d expect the MINI to end up right around 15 miles itself.

In regards to electric operation and modes, MINI posted this:

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 Driving Modes

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 Driving Modes

As the ALL4 names implies, this plug-in is an AWD car, which means it’ll launch off the line with vigor and handle the white wintry stuff with ease (with proper tires, of course).

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

We’re excited to see MINI finally enter the plug-in fray with a mass-production PHEV. We’d have preferred a BEV, but this MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 appears to be highly capable and, if priced right, could be a big hit in the segment.

Complete press blast below:

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

Agile, versatile, electrifying: the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

Woodcliff Lake, NJ, October 25, 2016. Characteristic MINI driving fun is now available in fascinating, sustainable form. The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is the first model of the British premium brand in which a plug-in hybrid drive provides the option of mobility that is purely electric and therefore emissions-free, in addition to offering the thrill of athletic agility and supreme versatility. The job of providing efficient forward propulsion is shared between a 3-cylinder gasoline engine and a synchronous electric motor. Together they produce a system output of 221 hp. The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is thus the perfect vehicle for urban target groups who wish to enjoy the benefits of purely electric mobility when commuting between home and work every day, for example, while at the same time benefiting from unlimited long-distance suitability at the weekend.

The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 combines the variable space concept of the new model generation’s largest member with the sustainability of BMW Group eDrive technology and an electrified all-wheel drive system. The front wheels are powered by the combustion engine, the rear wheels by the electric motor. The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is able to run on electricity alone not just in urban traffic but far beyond, too – at a top speed of 77 mph and with a range of up to 24 miles*. Drawing on the power of both drive forms, it offers driving fun away from surfaced roads, too. “The plug-in hybrid concept perfectly matches the new MINI Countryman because it offers intelligent all-wheel drive as well as being able to run on electricity alone both in urban areas and over longer distances, too. This is unique in the segment,” says Uwe Seitz, MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 project manager.

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4: an overview of the highlights.

The brand’s first ever plug-in hybrid model.
High-quality BMW Group eDrive components, configured to suit this specific model, that draw on expertise gained from the development of BMW iPerformance automobiles.
3-cylinder gasoline engine and electric motor combine to produce a total system output of 221 hp.
Electric driving at speeds of up to 77 mph with a range of up to 24 miles*.
Novel driving experience due to the electrified all-wheel drive system ALL4.
Three operating modes available for selection via eDrive toggle switch.
Hybrid-specific displays.

MINI is a pioneer in the field of electric mobility.
The BMW Group’s technological expertise and range of models have given it a leading role in the area of electric mobility. MINI was an early pioneer here: the MINI E presented in 2008 was the BMW Group’s first ever purely electrically powered automobile and was driven by private users in everyday traffic as part of a large-scale field experiment. More than 600 of this vehicle based on the MINI Cooper were used for practical testing purposes worldwide. The project yielded vital insights into the use of electrically powered automobiles, and these were incorporated in the development of the BMW i3.

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

MINI TwinPower Turbo and eDrive technology combined.
The plug-in hybrid drive of the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 combines the best of two worlds. The familiar space under the bonnet is occupied by a 3-cylinder gasoline engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology from the latest generation of the BMW Group engines. From a capacity of 1.5 liters this mobilizes a peak output of 134 hp. The maximum torque of the engine is 162 ft-lbs., which goes on stream at 1,250 rpm. In the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4, the combustion engine is combined with a modified 6-speed Steptronic transmission. This transfers its power to the front wheels based on the characteristic MINI principle.

The second power unit of the MINI S E Countryman ALL4 is an electric motor that is housed under the luggage compartment floor. Designed according to the principle of a hybrid synchronous motor, the electric drive offers an output of 87 hp – which is particularly high considering its size and weight – and generates a maximum torque of 122 ft-lbs. that is characteristically available directly from standing. In addition, it provides constant power delivery even in high engine speed ranges as well as a very high level of efficiency. The electric motor directs its power to the rear axle via a two-stage single-speed transmission.

Lithium-ion battery: compact, powerful and produced using exclusive expertise.
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.

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

Intelligent energy management optimises driving fun and efficiency.
The intelligent energy management system controlled by the power electronics of the plug-in hybrid system ensures that the interplay between the combustion engine and the electric motor is optimised for both driving fun and efficiency in all situations. Using the power of the electric motor alone, the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is able to provide locally emissions-free driving fun with hallmark brand spirit in many situations in day-to-day traffic. In the event of more intense acceleration, the electric motor supports the combustion engine via a boost function. A total system output of 221 hp and a combined torque of 284 ft-lbs. are available for athletic sprints. The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds.

Two power units, four drive wheels.
Only one of the two power units is used when the car is moving, while the other one can be additionally enabled at any time to optimise traction, ride stability and agility. The signal required for this purpose comes from the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) unit, which permanently analyses both the situation on the road and the driver’s wishes. “The result is an intelligent all-wheel drive system that ensures perfect movement in all weathers and on all road surfaces,” explains Uwe Seitz, MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 project manager. The precisely controlled interaction achieved in the powering of the front wheels by the combustion engine and the rear wheels by the electric motor is the same as the principle that is applied in the BMW i8, only the other way around: it is a key factor that contributes to the exceptionally fascinating character of the plug-in hybrid sports car.

The eDrive toggle switch: purely electric power at the press of a button.
The driver can also use the eDrive toggle switch to choose between three operating modes.

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

AUTO eDRIVE Purely electric driving up to 55 mph , the combustion engine is additionally enabled at higher speeds, in particular when accelerating quickly or when the battery charge falls below seven per cent.
MAX eDRIVE Purely electric driving up to 78 mph , the combustion engine is additionally enabled at higher speeds or on kickdown.
SAVE BATTERY The car is powered by the combustion engine, the battery charge state is kept above 90 percent or raised to this level by the starter generator.

In the standard setting AUTO eDRIVE, the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 runs on electrical power only up to a speed of 55 mph . At higher speeds and in the case of very intensive loads, the combustion engine is automatically enabled in addition. In MAX eDRIVE mode the vehicle is powered by the electric motor alone at speeds up to 78 mph . What is more, the SAVE BATTERY mode can be selected so as to relieve the capacity of the high-voltage battery or raise its charge state to at least 90 percent so that sufficient electrical power remains for locally emissions-free driving later on.

If the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is fitted with a navigation system and route guidance is activated, the anticipatory energy management system ensures that appropriate sections of the route are run on electric power alone. Taking into account the navigation data, the operating strategy of the hybrid system is geared towards drawing on the energy capacity of the high-voltage battery to maximum extent.

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

Versatile and variable in the interior, too.
Thanks to the compact structure and arrangement of the eDrive components, the plug-in hybrid model variant of the new MINI Countryman has a versatile interior. The high-voltage battery is housed underneath the slightly raised rear seat, as is the 9.5-gallon fuel tank. When all seats are in use, the luggage compartment volume in the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is only slightly less than in the conventionally powered model variants. The rear backrests offer the possibility of a 40 : 20 : 40 split; they can also be folded down and varied in their tilt angle. “The entire hybrid technology is installed in such a way that you don’t notice it inside the car at all,” says Uwe Seitz, MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 project manager, “with the exception of the controls used to activate the various driving modes.”

Hybrid-specific design features and displays.
Discreet but equally unmistakable indications of the pioneering character of the car’s drive form are provided by the model-specific design features on the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 exterior. The connection for the charging cable is under a flap in the area of the left-hand side scuttle. Other features are the model-specific “e” badge on the side scuttles and also a yellow “S” in the model inscription on the rear as well as on the radiator grille and door sill finishers.
The special features of the cockpit include a yellow start/stop unit at the centre of the toggle switch panel and a performance display in the instrument cluster on the steering column. The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 comes as standard with the MINI Connected infotainment system featuring a 6.5-inch color screen in the central instrument. This displays information such as the charge state of the high-voltage battery and operating mode of the hybrid drive selected by eDrive toggle switch. In conjunction with the optional Technology Package Wired package including satelite navigation, operation is via a high-resolution 8.8-inch touchscreen with a new user interface and operating system.

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

Fittings: efficiency meets individual style.
The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 combines highly efficient driving fun with the variable space concept and all the other advancements that characterise the new edition of the all-round model for the premium compact segment. Its powerfully expressive design and optimised use of space are just as striking as its increased ride comfort and refined premium ambience. The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 comes with the MINI Driving Modes as standard. Regardless of the operating mode selected via eDrive toggle switch, the vehicle set-up can be adapted to a particularly sporty or efficient driving style, according to preference.

About MINI in the US
MINI is an independent brand of the BMW Group. In the United States, MINI USA operates as a business unit of BMW of North America, LLC, located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey and includes the marketing and sales organizations for the MINI brand. The MINI USA sales organization is represented in the U.S. through a network of 126 MINI passenger car dealers in 39 states. MINI USA began selling vehicles in the U.S. in 2002 with the introduction of the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S Hardtops. Since then, the MINI Brand in the U.S. has grown to encompass a model range of four unique vehicles.

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38 responses to "2017 MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 Unveiled – PHEV Boasts Up To 24* Miles Electric Range"

  1. WARREN says:

    This platform lends itself well to a PHEV because it is a native FWD platform, leaving lots of room in the rear for a separate motor. Important to note the RWD 330e motor is internal in the transmission , so not the same set up. With that torque and HP, this car probably feels very quick. Remember, BMW has always been very conservative with their 0-60 times. Hoping for decent AER.Again, BMW may surprise us. People are regularly getting 120 miles on the 33kwh irex i3, even though BMW EPA rated it at under 100 miles. And that 120 milez achieved is under normal driving with highway mixed in. At a 4.0 mi/kWh average

    1. skierpage says:

      Yes it will be very interesting to compare BMW’s motor in the transmission (most other ‘e’ models) with this motor on the other axle (aka through the road hybrid).

      Motor on the other axle gives you AWD and allows limitless electric performance (once BMW stops cheaping out on electric components), but might be less efficient in blended driving.

    2. Miggy says:

      This is the same power set up that BMW use in the 225xE.
      For those of you who work in Metric measurements the stats are here:
      http://www.caradvice.com.au/493459/2017-mini-countryman

  2. mr. M says:

    Well, it’s not the greatest PHEV out there, but at least it offers more choice. Sings of increasing market penetration. 🙂

  3. WARREN says:

    This is also a very roomy vehicle. Looking forward to electrification of the award winning 2017 X1.

  4. titolajko says:

    If it has Wireless Charging, sure. Coming home every day after a long day at work to plug the car in for measly 14 miles, forget it. It better come with a plug-less charging unit that sits on a garage floor as a package, and then maybe people will buy this mini. Do it right or don’t do it at all. At least 60-80 miles and then we can talk. I know companies have to meet epa fleet mileage average by 2025, but this is not the way to do it.

    1. mxs says:

      Are you being serious?? If so, very silly argument to be made.

    2. bob says:

      100% with you

      1. bob says:

        …with titolajko

    3. Intrepid says:

      I plug my 330e in 2-3x a day and it takes a total of 10 seconds, I’d say that’s worth the 99+ mpg I get.

  5. David Murray says:

    I like all of the specs… except the EV range. realistically, 15 miles. I think that these 15-mile PHEVs are basically just the modern equivalent of a regular hybrid. Basically, car companies are building these instead of traditional hybrids. And I’m all for that, since anything with a plug is better than one without a plug. But still, it is a shame they can’t get at least 25 EPA miles in there.

    1. Joshua Burstyn says:

      I would agree with you but I am increasingly seeing PHEVs parked in charging spots, plugged in but already done topping off their tiny, optional-to-use batteries.

      Kind of frustrating to those of us who need a charge to get home.

      1. R.S says:

        Thats the illegal aliens conundrum, they are never plugged in but steal our charging spots.

      2. CLIVE says:

        I carry a large tip neon green pen and write on their windscreen “NO SPARK – NO PARK

        1. Nix says:

          Please stop vandalizing private property. Not only is it against the law, it only hurts the EV movement.

          If you feel so strongly about this, I would suggest printing up some business cards that have that message, and leave those on cars. They are easier to carry than your marker too.

          There is already enough overheated rhetoric against EV’s. Getting us all painted as petty vandals is the last thing we need. Having diesel truck owners target us for “rolling coal” is bad enough already (google it).

    2. wavelet says:

      Strongly disagree that anythign with a plug is better than anything without.
      If the owner ends up doing only 20% electric miles (and with ~15mi EPA AER, that’s gonna be true for a lof of people, esp. if they can’t charge at work), the EV part of the drivetrain, which has a lot of embodied energy invested in production, is wasted.

      Any car with less than 35-40mi EPA AER, doesn’t deserve to be called an EV.

      1. skierpage says:

        I don’t think people are so dumb as to spend a lot of $$$ on a plug-in that doesn’t match their driving pattern. There are people who drive short distances each day but also make long trips and need AWD (but far fewer than in those awful “I’m so rugged and cool I need an SUV” ads). I would have bought this instead of settling for Subaru’s weak, and now discontinued, Crosstrek Hybrid.

  6. Sparkinator says:

    Lame – Where is the full EV version – yawn.

    1. CLIVE says:

      The full EV version is running around LA with paisley print all over it.

    2. MrEnergyCzar says:

      Jay Leno was driving the EV mini 4 years ago…

      1. Ken says:

        It was 7 years ago. And so was I. Only had the Mini E for one year but managed to put 23.196 miles on it. Without any backup gas engine. My Mini E had at range of 147 miles and fully charged in 2.5 hours. Its like we are going backwards. My Leaf is barely half the car my 2009 Mini E was.

  7. DR61 says:

    This car has a direct electric motor drive to rear axle, unlike the 330e which works through an automatic transmission. It should be more efficient and get better range in city driving at least.

  8. WadeTyhon says:

    While I think it should have a larger range, I am glad to see the MINI provide more Electric options like BMW has been doing.

    I think it is safe to say that most new BMW drivers have a garage where they can charge every day. So that 15 miles can go a long way over time.

  9. Alan says:

    It’s hard to bet excited about 15 mile EV range when I’m getting 23-25 out of my Outlander PHEV but at least it’s a step (albeit a small one) in the right direction.

    If you are going to come to the market several years late, at least turn up with something equalling the market leaders or their about.

    It just feels out of date before it arrives, we are now ready for PHEV’s with a minimum of 50 miles EV range and pure EV’s with 150 – 200 + miles.

    1. CLIVE says:

      You are so correct.

      Full Electric Mini is coming, just not soon enough.

  10. Someone out there says:

    The “mini” isn’t that mini anymore, except for EV range of course.

  11. Some Guy says:

    15 Miles is really not much. Many people willl just buy it for the incentivesa and lower fuel consumption, and never plug-in (especially as BMW will advertise “plug-in” optional). Zjey could easily make the battery twice as large and at 30 miles AER they would convert more drivers to go all electric with their next purchase.

  12. Bill Howland says:

    Hummm Left hand drive. Guy must be from Brooklyn. Wait- Boot and Bonnet – and Metric – ok Canadian Scottish.

    With the exception of Nissan and Renault (same CEO) – all euro manufacturers build the minimum 30 km (20 mile) range per charge allowed by law. Except maybe more like 15 as mentioned.

    At least it has a super high speed 2.4 kw charger in it. Toyota must have had some left over to sell cheap to BMW from the old PIP since the new Prime models have the Ludicrous Speed 3.3 kw models; or maybe that’s just Ridiculous.

  13. Mike I. says:

    Technical question: When in purely electric drive, is it Rear Wheel Drive? Can the front e-motor drive the front wheels without turning over the ICE?

    1. skierpage says:

      I really hope there’s no mechanical linkage, that would just add to the cost. It does mean it can’t be AWD without turning on its engine, but many AWD cars spend 95% of trips driving a single axle.

  14. Chris W says:

    EV Specs (battery and motor) look very similar to the Ford Energi models. The Energi models are good for nearly 30 miles of range under ideal conditions and range doesn’t drop to 15 miles unless temps are well below freezing and you are using electric heat liberally. EV driving percentage runs as high as 95%+ for many Energi drivers.

    As a C-Max Energi and Focus Electric driver, this car looks interesting to me, but there are several questions that need to be answered before it could even be a considered.
    1) What is the TMS for the battery? These cars can work the smallish battery pretty hard and heat buildup needs to be dealt with.
    2) How much cargo space is available in the Plug-in version?
    3)How cold can it be before the car forces the use of the ICE?(ERDDT)
    4)What Technology is employed in the climate control system? A vapor injected heat pump could go a long way towards preserving range in cold weather
    5) What features exist for pre-conditioning the car using “shore power”
    These are a few of the keys to having a car with this size battery deliver a decent EV experience.
    I would love to see this car carry a 15-20 kWh battery, but it may not be feasible in a non-dedicated platform

  15. Nix says:

    I was enthusiastic when I read the title and saw a 24 mile AWD electric car.

    Finding out it wasn’t EPA miles threw a wet blanket on top of that enthusiasm.

    This will probably be a great car for folk in the EU who drive less per year than US drivers. And it will probably be great for people who can charge at work and home. But a lot of folks will probably end up waiting until a 2nd gen version with a bigger battery pack based on these numbers.

    1. PluginFan says:

      I’m agreeing with you,and others on the EV part.Mini needed to show up with a larger battery,with more range.In the range of actual 100 miles/1600km. The larger Mitsubishi’s GT PHEV, CUV,if it gets made is going to be 75 miles/120km.

  16. Jojo says:

    BMW UK advertises 330e at 25 miles and since that translates to 14 miles in the US, I think Countryman E will be signed off by the EPA as 0-13 miles. Fingers crossed for a few more when officially rated.

    It’s interesting to see these numbers compared to Ford C-Max and Fusion Energi that have the same size batteries but ranges from 19 to 21 miles. BMW must lock out a larger amount of kWhs for health reasons than the Americans.

    I went from MINIs to Leafs and hoped to be back in a MINI one day. I’m throughly immersed in the EV way of life at this point and while Countryman E can get me one way to work, I don’t think this is enough to get me out of a full EV.

  17. Bob Nan says:

    Naming is really weird. Mini has only 4 models. First they should call it properly like
    Cooper-3 (3-Door)
    Cooper-5 (5-Door)
    Clubman (Wagon version)
    Countryman (CUV)

    And then they can launch a plugin version and call it just Countryman Plugin.
    Yes with a 238 mile Chevy Bolt on the market in Dec, any new plugin should have at least 25 mile range. Without a decent range, any model will just fall by the wayside.

    But it looks nicer and less retroactive.

  18. John says:

    Hey Mini- 2010 called and it wants it’s EV back…

  19. PluginFan says:

    Gladd InsideEVs offered such a detailed introduction to the SE Countryman. I am saddened to read about the engine turning on when the AWD is engaged,even if you’re in Max eDrive.Or when you kickdown,the ICE will also engage.I think the Volt does the same with the latter.Depending on where you live,you’re going to be in hyrbid mode more than EV in places like the Northeast.For me,I want to reduce emissions. Remaining in EV mode unless I choose otherwise.This CUV would meet a lot of urban needs if it could remain in driver controlled EV. Exception,when you’re out of range.

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