Plug-In Hybrid MINI To Debut At The Los Angeles Auto Show 2016

11 months ago by Mark Kane 17

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 makes its debut in LA

MINI has announced the unveiling of its first plug-in hybrid production model at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens to the public on November 18th (with doors open to the press on the 14th).

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 will offer all-wheel drive and up to 40 km (25 miles) of all-electric range under undisclosed test cycle (using 7.6 kWh battery).  These numbers of course being stated on the NEDC rating protocol – in terms of real world driving, one could expect around 25 km/15 miles

With a 1.5L 3-cylinder TwinPower Turbo Technology petrol engine (134 hp) and 87 hp electric motor, the electrified MINI will accelerate 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds.

The plug-in hybrid will also be offered as an additional version to the petrol MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4.

About the new MINI Countryman:

The new MINI Countryman: bigger, more versatile, more innovative.
As the successor to the first premium compact model of the brand, the new MINI Countryman has everything it takes to convey the enthusiasm of hallmark MINI driving fun to additional target groups in the future, too. This completely newly developed model is 20 centimetres long than its predecessor, has powerful proportions and in addition to the characteristic raised seating position, it provides considerably more space on its five fully-fledged seats and luggage compartment. The change of generation also exhibits clear advancements in the areas of versatility, sporty flair and premium quality.

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 comes to LA

MINI plug-in debuts in LA (no word yet on whether or not the wind turbines in the background will also be in attendance)

In the US automotive market, there are two powerful petrol engines to choose from for the MINI Countryman, both of which are of the latest generation featuring MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology. Both engines can be combined with the new efficiency-optimised version of the all-wheel drive system ALL4. In addition, the new MINI Countryman is the first model of the British brand to be available with a plug-in hybrid drive. In the form of the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 it has a range of up to 40 kilometres running on electricity alone.

The unmistakable character of the new MINI Countryman derives not least from its powerfully expressive design and numerous innovative equipment features. In conjunction with the optional LED headlamps, the daytime driving light is produced for the first time by a band of light running entirely around each headlamp. The 8.8-inch colour display in the hallmark central instrument comes with the MINI navigation system Professional and now offers a new touchscreen function. Other new features include the MINI Country Timer, which registers travel over challenging terrain, the fold-out MINI Picnic Bench, which turns the loading sill of the luggage compartment into a comfortable seat for outdoor breaks, and the MINI Find Mate, which makes it easy for MINI Countryman drivers to locate bags, keys and other accessories.

The new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman: extreme driving fun in the premium compact segment.

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

The latest generation of John Cooper Works extreme athletes now also takes the premium compact segment by storm. The new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman combines its captivating spirit with top figures in terms of space, versatility and long-distance suitability. The stretched lines of the body, four side doors and characteristic split doors provide a contemporary interpretation of the tradition-steeped shooting brake concept, with five fully-fledged seats and a versatile luggage compartment on the inside.

In addition to its space concept, the engine concept of the new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman also makes it highly flexible. With the most powerful engine ever to be found in a MINI, the all-wheel drive system ALL4 as standard and suspension technology geared towards the very highest performance properties, it is both able to meet the diverse demands of day-to-day traffic and rise to the challenges posed by the race track. What is more, its exclusive design and equipment features set it clearly apart from the other model variants of the new MINI Clubman.

The new MINI Seven: stylish driving fun with traditional roots.

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

The latest attraction in the small car segment is the new MINI Seven. This design model particularly highlights the British origins, extrovert appeal, hallmark driving fun and premium character of the new MINI generation.

A contrasting paint finish for the roof and exterior mirror caps in the variant Melting Silver, exclusive bonnet stripes and deco elements as well as 17-inch light alloy wheels in MINI Seven two-tone design underscore the model’s individual style on the exterior. Exclusive accentuations in the interior especially include sports seats in the fabric/leather combination Diamond Malt Brown, created specifically for the design model.

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17 responses to "Plug-In Hybrid MINI To Debut At The Los Angeles Auto Show 2016"

  1. Trollnonymous says:

    A plugin Hybrid is so passé….

    1. Mikael says:

      Shouldn’t we at least wait until a bit more than 1% of global sales goes to plugins before calling it passé?

      PHEVs still have at least another decade until they are passé.

    2. speculawyer says:

      Well . . . ones with only 15 miles of electric range certainly are.

      That really seems so amazingly pointless. All that effort to put the PHEV infrastructure in there and only to make it barely useful with such a short electric range.

  2. pjwood1 says:

    Compliance car, with free windmill poster.

    1. speculawyer says:

      Yep, I think these are European Compliance Cars.

  3. Ct200h says:

    We should be more supportive , this is a great powertrain. 25 mile of range will cover commutes and get many interested in EV’s who wouldn’t normally!

    Fun powerful and efficient .
    Charge often esp at home and work and do a lot of EV driving. Plus keep going on gas .

    1. Mikael says:

      25 km/15 miles. That is a bit on the short side…even for European commutes.

    2. speculawyer says:

      “25 mile of range” . . . if only.

      No, it is 25KM on the over optimistic NEDC rating system which means ~15 miles of real world range.

  4. Ct200h says:

    I forgot to mention it’s all wheel drive!

  5. Holger says:

    Debut means you can buy one right ahead, or will it come in 2018, 2019, …?

    1. The PHEV is scheduled to be available in mid-late 2017. In fact, it may not actually be on hand at the LA Show. The conventional new generation Countryman will.

  6. Richard Poor says:

    Just recently finished approximately 2000 miles driving in less than a week in the USA and Canada. I find it remarkable so many disparage PHEV. Adhering to the time constraints and distance, the trip would have been impossible with EV only. And inasmuch as many drivers of PHEV’s use so little petrol they must add stabilizer to the tank, why such protest? PHEV has huge range and huge environmental benefit.

    1. speculawyer says:

      I won’t disparage PHEVs like the Volt with its 53 miles of range.

      But 15 miles of electric range on a MINI? That’s crap that deserves to be disparaged.

  7. Miggy says:

    The will make this car as they already have the same drive train in the BMW 225xe 2016 which is selling well in countries that it is sold in.

  8. nicholas says:

    Wouldn’t the new Nissan generator drivetrain make more sense? Or get a Bolt.

    1. Miggy says:

      You would better to drive an ICE than the new Nissan generator drivetrain.
      GM is not making the BOLT in RHD so no luck there, Mini and BMW make both RHD and LHD EV’s.

  9. Jason says:

    I think the point is that some people want to drive Mimi’s, so with a PHEV that is an improved ICE. Even though 15mi (they actually quote 40km) might seem low, it is better than nothing.

    Unfortunately, I think for such a small range most people will forget to plug it in. What would 7.6kwh take to charge, 2hrs? And that 7.6kwh useable or total?

    As batteries become lighter, cheaper and have more capacity, this situation will change. Fast forward 20yrs and every ICE car will be a hybrid of some sort, of not an outright EV.