We had a completely electric Mini once, so there was no reason to assume the rumors about a plug-in hybrid model were fake – and apparently they have been confirmed by these leaked images.
It appears we’re going to be treated to a Countryman installment in the green series, which should bode well with eco-friendly clients – with the Countryman E looking almost the same as the regular one save for the bespoke badges and the compulsory charging port on the front fender. Under the hood rumors are pointing out towards a high-tech powertrain mating a 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder engine, a rear-mounted electric motor, and a 7.7 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery pack. The electric motor should deliver power to the rear axle while the gasoline mill will take care of the front wheels – providing all-wheel drive, with transmission duties handled by a six-speed Steptronic gearbox.
There are no performance details out yet, but reports are calling for a combined maximum output of about 224 horsepower. That should be plentiful for a 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint in about 6.5 seconds. Efficiency should also be outstanding, with an electric range of around 24 miles and a fuel consumption of approximately 141.2 miles per gallon. It also appears Mini is gearing up for the model’s introduction sometimes this summer, with dealership arrival late this year or early into 2017.