Introducing the MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid

The Mini Countryman Plug-In Hybrid has arrived in Australia, offering consumers another choice in the expanding range of electrified vehicles available in the country. 

The Mini Hybrid can deliver up to 40km on pure electric power and the synchronous electric motor, driving the rear wheels, generates 65kW of power along with 165Nm of torque.

The internal combustion engine is a turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol providing 100kW and 220Nm. This drives the front axle via a six-speed automatic transmission, making the Countryman Plug-In Hybrid an all-wheel drive-capable vehicle.

Combined, these two motors provide 165kW power peak and some 385Nm torque – enough for 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds and equal to the Countryman Cooper S in acceleration terms.
Mini claims economy of 2.1L/100km of fuel (NEDC) and combined CO2 emissions of 49g/km.

The high-voltage lithium-ion battery packs is warrantied for six years or 100,000km, whichever comes first.

Charging times range from 3 hours, 15 minutes via a regular household socket to 2 hours and 15 minutes via the Mini Wallbox, which can be installed at the home or office.

The eDrive system allows the driver to adjust the electric-combustion interaction on-the-fly. In normal conditions, known as ‘AUTO eDrive’, the electric motor drives the vehicle up to speeds of 80km/h, where the combustion engine also engages.

Switching to MAX eDrive mode allows the electric motor to power the vehicle exclusively at speeds of up to 125km/h.

To allow effective generation when driving, the SAVE BATTERY mode regenerates the battery to a 90 per cent charge and maintains the capacity from this point.

The Mini Countryman Plug-In hybrid comes equipped with the latest infotainment tech and a host of safety features including Active Cruise Control, City Crash Mitigation with pedestrian detection, Forward Collision Warning with visual and audio cues, plus brake pre-conditioning, Front and rear Park Distance Control, Reversing camera with guidance lines and more.

The MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid will be priced from $57,200.

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (May 2019)

13 May 2019

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