MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4: Full Specs, New Gallery, Arrives In June

3 months ago by Mark Kane 29

MINI has released full specs, further details, and an extensive photo gallery ahead of the launch of its first production plug-in hybrid (with the worst name ever) –  the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 plug-in hybrid.

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

The MINI Cooper PHEV (which is the name we are going with from here on out), begins sales in Europe ann the US and in June.

In UK prices (without plug-in car grant) start at £31,585 OTR (‘On-the-road’).

In the US pricing starts from $36,800.

MINI calls the plug-in Cooper “agile, versatile and electrifying”.

With just 7.6 kWh the electric drive capability will not be great – we expect about 12-15 miles of real world/EPA range;  but there will still certainly be consumers wanting the quirkiest of MINIs,  and it could be a good first start for plug-ins being offering inside the brand (an all-electric MINI will reportedly launch in two years).

MINI Cooper PHEV quick specs (see full/official numbers below):

  • all-wheel drive with 1.5L 3-cylinder TwinPower Turbo Technology petrol engine (100 kW/136 hp), 6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission and 65 kW (87 hp) electric motor. System output of 165 kW/224 hp and 385 Nm.
  • up to 42 km (26 miles) of all-electric range NEDC – one can mostly likely expect around 28 km/17 miles EPA
  • Combined power consumption: 2.3 – 2.1 l/100 km (average fuel consumption of 134.5 mpg); combined CO2 emissions: 52 – 49 g/km
  • 7.6 kWh battery
  • 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds
  • top speed in all-electric mode of 78 mph (125 km/h)

Below you will find the full specs, press blast and a lot of new photos:

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 spec sheet:

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 spec

Press blast:

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

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

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 petrol engine and a synchronous electric motor. Together they produce a system output of 165 kW/224 hp. Equally impressive is the average fuel consumption of 2.3 – 2.1 litres per 100 kilometres and the CO2 emissions figure of 52 – 49 grams per kilometre (EU test cycle figures for plug-in hybrid vehicles). 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 125 km/h and with a range of up to 42 kilometres. 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

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 petrol engine and electric motor combine to produce a total system output of 165 kW/224 hp.
– Fuel consumption in the EU test cycle: 2.3 – 2.1 litres/100 km, CO2 emissions: 52 – 49 g/km.
– Electric driving at speeds of up to 125 km/h with a range of up to 42 kilometres.
– Novel driving experience due to the electrified all-wheel drive system ALL4.
– Lithium-ion high-voltage battery can be charged at a wallbox in 2:30 hours.
– Three operating modes available for selection via eDrive toggle switch.
– Hybrid-specific displays.

MINI is a pioneer in the field of electric mobility.

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

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 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 petrol engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology from the latest generation of the BMW Group engines. From a capacity of 1.5 litres this mobilises a peak output of 100 kW/136 hp. The maximum torque of the engine is 220 Newton metres, 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.

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

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 65 kW/88 hp – which is particularly high considering its size and weight – and generates a maximum torque of 165 Newton metres 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. At a wallbox with a charging capacity of 3.6 kW it can be fully charged in 2:30 hours. Charging at a regular household socket takes 3:15 hours.

Intelligent energy management optimises driving fun and efficiency.

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

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 165 kW/224 hp and a combined torque of 385 Newton metres are available for athletic sprints. The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds.

Two power units, four drive wheels.

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

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.

AUTO eDRIVE Purely electric driving up to 80 km/h, 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 125 km/h, 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 per cent 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 80 km/h. 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 125 km/h. 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 per cent so that sufficient electrical power remains for locally emissions-free driving later on.

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

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.

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 36-litre 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.

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

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 Radio MINI Visual Boost featuring a 6.5-inch colour screen in the central instrument. In addition to the MINI Country Timer, this also 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 Wired package including MINI navigation system Professional, operation is via an 8.8-inch screen with a new graphic design and touchscreen function as well as via the Touch Controller in the centre console.

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.

Hat tip to David L on US pricing!

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29 responses to "MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4: Full Specs, New Gallery, Arrives In June"

  1. WARREN says:

    Nice modular/on demand AWD powertrain. Probably ideal F/R weight distribution too. This is how they should have done the Volt. Gas engine in front, and EV motor in back. Although it might not contribute to interior space, it would be a sportier chassis configuration.If they could just get the range from 20-30 miles, I would be a candidate. It’s inevitabLe though, the basic design is already here for sale, and better battery technology will just be a shoe-in enhancement in the near future.

    1. pjwood1 says:

      It weighs as much as the Volt (~3,800lb). Think of where the weight is put:

      Volt: In between the axles, and down low, is the 18.4KWh battery. Because it’s a “T-battery” (drive-tunnel), the car features a distinctly coupe-like feel.

      “Mini”: Less in the middle means more in front, and higher up (engine induced body-roll), or at the rear axle. And despite helping spread weight, 7.2KWh is only going to weigh so much.

      “More storage” is a technology that’s been around for a while, now. BMW needs to discover it. But first, maybe a diet.

      Kind of a Maxi these days:

      1. Chris S says:

        People don’t buy small any more.

      2. WARREN says:

        Well by the looks of the interior pictures, and the LA cAR show where I sat in both cars, the Mini is much higher quality and innovative in interior details than the Volt. It was really roomy and open in feel. And forget the T battery advantage, I would be willing to bet this Mini Cooper CUV would beat a Volt on a road course too.

        1. pjwood1 says:

          The interior may be nicer but sorta skin deep. I was getting at how the Volt shouldn’t reduce the quality of its power train, to match the Mini’s reliance on the 4-banger. You’d pick up endurance at a track, and give up the electric flexibility that comes with breaking above 15KWh, or so.

  2. F150 Brian says:

    I’m not sure what the point of a PHEV is if a typical person could not do their daily commute on electricity only.

    40 miles is minimum, 50 better. Volt’s formula has proven to be a practical standard.

    1. DJ says:

      1) some people can use this for their daily commute.
      2) some miles on EV are likely better than 0 miles on EV.

      Coulda done more I agree but hey some one may find this appealing. I could actually kinda see how really, it’s just that it’s expensive for what it is. I mean the price differential is kinda ridiculous.

    2. Nix says:

      While the median round-trip commute distance is indeed longer than this car can handle, there are two situations where this car will indeed cover 100% of people’s commute.

      1) The average US commute is roughly 15 miles one way (30 miles round trip). 17 miles of EV range will be enough to cover most if not all of the miles driven, if charging at work is available.

      2) While the average commute is 15 miles, 29% of people commute just 1-5 miles, and 22% commute 6-10 miles each way.

      http://www.statisticbrain.com/commute-statistics/

      If we do some fuzzy math and guestimate out how many of those people don’t drive to work, etc, that is still likely millions of people who drive less than 17 miles round trip to work.

      3) People who drive on high speed roads on gas where gas is most efficient, but then drive in pure electric modes in city centers, where pollution has the greatest impact and EV mode may allow access where gas cars can’t go or are charged to go.

      So the question you asked cannot be answered definitively for every single person in the US, much less every person in the EU (who typically drive even less miles each day.)

      Even a very short range PHEV like this will work for millions of people. And I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we are nowhere near millions of PHEV’s sold in the US or EU.

      50 miles is overkill for the average driver, who only needs 30 miles for their commute. It would be silly to bash all PHEV’s with less than 40-50 miles of range, just because you or somebody else’s personal needs require more range. It is counter-productive.

  3. David says:

    Wow! A roomy all wheel drive package that can be plugged in. I think I’m in love.

    This is a great addition to our plug-in options!

    Okay, “roomy” might be a stretch for most Americans.

  4. Someone out there says:

    Way not worth it! $40k for a tiny hybrid with a measly 17 miles of range? A joke is what it is.

  5. randomhuman says:

    Ugly af…Look at that round navigation thingi dingi. My eyes are getting cancer right now. And 17 electric miles for 37ish thousand Euros. Yea sure I’ll waste my money. A few bucks more and you’ll get a Model 3. Not worth it. SHAME!

  6. menorman says:

    Is this the first AWD-available PHEV in the American market? That could bode well for them, especially in the wagon format.

    1. Nix says:

      This would be the first relatively affordable AWD PHEV in the US market.

  7. DJ says:

    It’s really hard to get excited about this car, actually I can’t even get excited about it.

    Low range, high price, what else am I missing?

    1. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

      lol, +1

  8. David Lane says:

    Mini USA website says the plug-in Countryman STARTING AT $36,800.*

    I’m wondering about cargo space and it says this:

    “Comfortable seating for 5 and generous cargo space that’s nearly identical to the regular Countryman.

    Standard roof rails let you easily install bike racks and other gear for rugged sporting excursions.

    Plugging in isn’t required. It’s entirely your choice. And you can use most standard outlets.

    Cool down or warm up your cockpit before you even get in with programmable climate control (car must be plugged in).

    Mini USA Countryman web page here: http://www.miniusa.com/content/miniusa/en/model/countryman.html

    (scroll down 60%)

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Good catch David, we will add in the pricing for US consumers into the piece (and add a hat tip as well of course). Thanks!

      1. David Lane says:

        Wow, I’m honored Jay!

    2. pjwood1 says:

      “excursions. Plugging in isn’t required…. you can use most standard”

      Crank Flashlights?

    3. GoBlue88 says:

      My wife drives a 2016 Mini Cooper Countryman S. Let me just say that Mini using the phrases “generous cargo space” and “comfortable seating for 5” is laughable.

      1. David Lane says:

        Sorry to hear that, and not surprised. Thanks for chiming in from personal experience.

        I wonder how this Countryman’s back seat compares to the Bolt?

        I am assuming this car qualifies for a $4,000 federal rebate.

  9. tom911 says:

    CA HOV lane compliant (carpool stickers)??

    1. Benjamin says:

      Probably. Although the BMW 330e is not eligible for CA HOV stickers.

  10. tom911 says:

    Having owned an X5 40e for six months this looks to have the same range and power modes and on board charger. Even with such a short range they should offer a 7.2kW charge option. My X5 cried out for faster charging and I might have kept it if it had one.

    Nice idea but why are they still offering such a small battery? Are they saving the battery advancements for the halo cars?? In a year this same battery should offer at least 50% more range.

  11. cab says:

    The Mini is a styling play – always has been and probably always will be. This PHEV model will likely compare favorably to the regular ICE cars, but will be a niche seller for sure (esp. at this price point). I could see it winning sales from folks who would consider other Mini models, but not much else.

    It is a bit disappointing to see most of the Euro manufacturers continuing to play in the “sub 20 mile” PHEV range area. I mean BMW is entering its second generation of PHEVs, but they all seem to be content make them strictly a “better than normal” mileage play with a bit of performance thrown in.

    Truly the Volt continues to be in a class of one (with honorable mention to the BMW i3 rex).

    1. WARREN says:

      If you prefer driving on electricity, the i3 trumps the Volt. Faster L2 charging, DCQC capable (standard), better acceleration, etc. Oh, and 2x the AER range. While the Vold might take 2 hrs to gain 25 miles on a L2, the i3 DCQC can do that same 25 mile gain in 10 minutes.

  12. Bob Nan says:

    Yes calling it MINI Cooper PHEV is much better. No idea why the company gave it such a big name. Do they expect all their marketing execs, dealers and customers to say the same.

    $36,800 in USA seems to be pricey for a 17 mile range. By the year end, a plugin version of Ioniq and Niro could hit the street at a much lower price tag and both models may have the same interior volume. Or did BMW forget the fact that Tesla Model-3 with equal size, supercharging facility and a 215 mile range is going to follow. Sales of all 4 models of Mini is falling and they could have used this model to boost sales.

    And ALL4 means it will be available only with All wheel drive option.
    Drive concept says that “Full hybrid drive, hybrid-specific all-wheel-drive, combustion engine driving the front wheels, electric motor driving the rear wheels”
    So that means when driving on motor, it will be only a rear wheel drive. And when the driver switches to AWD option, it will use the engine as well. What will happen if the battery is depleted. Will the engine divert some power to hybrid to be driven in AWD mode like in any hybrid car.

  13. David Lane says:

    UK reviewer really likes the car:

    ” Audi’s A3 Sportback e-tron is probably the closest rival for now, but it’s strictly front-drive, more expensive and not as good.

    The – deep breath – Mini Cooper S E All4 PHEV Countryman is the real deal. It has the same virtues as a regular Countryman: a high-quality interior, character in spades and trademark BMW connectivity. And most importantly, it’s still great fun to drive with decent performance. But the plug-in capability gives the Countryman a dual nature: it’s also a very civilised and responsible urban runabout, when running in zero emissions electric mode. The Countryman PHEV offers the best of both worlds – and right now it’s the best small plug-in you can buy.”

    Source: http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-reviews/mini/mini-countryman-cooper-s-e-all4-2017-plug-in-hybrid-review/

  14. Benjamin says:

    Yikes! Not eligible for CA HOV stickers and EPA estimate is 12 mile EV range.

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