Confirmed: Next-Generation Mini Cooper to Get Plug-In Hybrid Option

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 5

Mini E Lapping the Ring

Mini E Lapping the Ring

It wasn’t long ago when we heard that the next-generation Mini Cooper would “for certain” get a plug-in hybrid option.

This Guy is Thrilled That Mini is Coming Out With a Plug-in Hybrid Version in the Future

This Guy is Thrilled That Mini is Coming Out With a Plug-in Hybrid Version in the Future

Now, we’re hearing it again.

According to Autocar, the next-gen Mini will “definitely” get a plug-in hybrid option.

This runs counter to what BMW had stated several times in the past.  It had been BMW’s vision that electrification of production vehicles would be confined to BMW, but how can Mini compete with other pint-sized electrics out there without itself having an electrified option?

Obviously, Mini can’t, so the next-gen will go electric, but only as a plug-in hybrid for now.

BMW hasn’t ruled out a pure EV version of the next-gen Mini, saying it’s still “under investigation,” but the plug-in hybrid version is confirmed.

When will it arrive?

Sooner than most would expect.  The next-gen Mini will make its debut by the end of 2013.  The plug-in hybrid version won’t come out right away, but we suspect it won’t be more than 2 years behind.

So, perhaps by the end of 2015 a plug-in hybrid Mini will become available.

Source: Autocar

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5 responses to "Confirmed: Next-Generation Mini Cooper to Get Plug-In Hybrid Option"

  1. James says:

    This makes a whole lot of sense.

    Mini Cooper buyers would embrace this technology and it’s a vehicle
    ripe for electrification. Did BMW prepare for this in advance? Or will it be
    like FFE and others with a huge lump behind the seating area full of
    batteries?

  2. kdawg says:

    “So, perhaps by the end of 2015 a plug-in hybrid Mini will become available.”
    —————–

    Wow.. I guess better late than never.

    1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

      Well, I presume 2015 because you need to next gen Mini to get the next gen Mini PHEV.

  3. Spec9 says:

    Build a pure-electric convertible and I’ll buy it.

  4. Ken says:

    Considering my 2008 Mini E went almost twice as far as my 2012 Leaf and was way quicker, id say its a no brainer to produce an electric Mini. In fact, the only electric car that i have liked more than my Mini E is the Tesla Model S. I even though the Mini E was more of a production car than the Roadster. Ill trade my Leaf in anyday for my 2008 Mini E.