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Plug-in hybrid MINI Countryman coming in 2017

Published 20 October 2016

MINI has revealed its first plug-in hybrid model. Based on the all-new Countryman it’s due to go on sale in 2017 and will be powered by a petrol engine and electric motor.

Speeds up to 78mph are possible on battery power alone and, as is typical of plug-ins, there are various driving modes. Prices are likely to start at near £30,000.

Details are few and far between, but an all-new Countryman is due in 2017 and is likely to use the same range of petrol and diesel engines as the rest of the MINI range, so we expect the plug-in hybrid to use a 1.5-litre petrol engine.

Electric power is sent to the rear wheels, while the engine drives the front wheels. Economy figures are to be announced, but the official figure will be more than 100mpg. 

Like other plug-in hybrids, there are various modes to choose from, so drivers can operate on pure electricity in town, get maximum performance on country roads or save their battery charge while cruising on the motorway so it’s available later in the journey. Pure EV range is likely to be around 30 miles.

The full MINI Countryman line up is likely to be revealed in early 2017. In terms of styling it follows the same formula as the current car – that much is clear despite the yellow camouflage – but there’ll be nips and tucks, plus the interior will benefit from plenty of new technology, such as better smartphone connectivity and touchscreen infotainment. 

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