On several occasions, we’ve presented the case for the plug-in hybrid Mini.
But wait, there’s even more to add to the PHEV Mini story.
As Motoring File reported:
“Sources have been telling us for more than a year to expect something special in the drivetrain of the next generation MINI Clubman. More recently, we’ve had a high-level source confirm that the Clubman will indeed see all-wheel drive in at least one configuration. What we didn’t realize was that both sources were actually saying the same thing. When MINI releases the 2016 Clubman next year, we believe they will also introduce the brand’s first hybrid model…”
So, the plug-in hybrid Mini won’t be a Cooper, but rather a Clubman.
Makes sense to us as this allows Mini the space to package the plug-in components without eliminating the rear seats.
The PHEV Mini Clubman is slated to get the same powertrain as the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer:
- Plug in version will likely feature a a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged (borrowed from the BMW i8) engine with a “high-performance” electric motor (likely borrowed from the BMW i3) and a lithium-ion battery.
- This setup will crank out somewhere in the neighborhood of 190 hp, which will propel the production vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in 7 seconds.
- Top speed will be approximately 125 mph.
When will this AWD Mini Clubman PHEV arrive? Word is that it’ll debut when the next-gen Clubman does in the second half of 2015.
Automotive News' BMW launch timeline (shown below) doesn't mention the PHEV Clubman, but the article by Automotive News titled "Mini: Many variants to join the lineup," states the following:
"An electric vehicle or a hybrid may also come in 2015."
An Electric Or PHEV "May" Come In 2015
So, all indications are that Mini will get some sort of plug-in vehicle (likely an AWD Mini Clubman PHEV) in 2015. Let the waiting game begin.
Source: Automotive News