Plug-in hybrid MINI Countryman set to arrive in 2017

MINI has revealed their first plug-in hybrid model, based on the all-new Countryman. It is due to go on sale in 2017, powered by both a petrol engine and an electric motor.

It is possible to get speeds of up to 78mph on battery power alone, and there are various driving modes as is typical of many plug-ins. This means drivers can operate on pure electricity around town, use both engines together to get maximum performance on country roads or save their battery power for later in a journey and run purely on the combustion engine.

The details are fairly scarce at the moment, but an all-new Countryman is due to arrive in 2017 and is likely to use the same range of petrol and diesel engines as the rest of the MINI range, so it is expected that the plug-in hybrid will use a 1.5-litre petrol engine. It is also believed that the pure EV range will be around 30 miles.

The hybrid will become the first rear-wheel drive MINI ever sold – in full EV mode at least. The electric motor powers the rear wheels, while the combustion engine drivers the front.

In terms of styling, the PHEV will follow the same formula as the current car, but will also feature a yellow camouflage-style paint job (see the video at the bottom of the page). The interior will also benefit from plenty of new technology, including touchscreen entertainment system and better smartphone connectivity.

It is believed that the MINI PHEV will cost in the region of £30,000 when it arrives next year. If this model appeals to you, why not take a look at our car selling app and see how much money we can give you for your current model?


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