The British automaker has decided to kick off the teasing campaign for its second generation Countryman small crossover, and they also have a green novelty as they featured the hybrid version.
The first ever plug-in hybrid model to wear the Mini badge will be joining the upcoming second generation Countryman sports utility vehicle and might be adorned with the “E” suffix. Since we’re dealing with a teaser, there aren’t so many details to share about the car, with the company only saying it will have the combustion engine hooked to the front wheels while the electric motor is going to power the rear axle to deliver an all-wheel drive layout. The eco-friendly Countryman will also be able to start in electric mode and maintain it at speeds of up to 77 mph (125 km/h).
There are strong indications the Mini Countryman E will feature just about the same powertrain as seen in the BMW 225xe presented last year that has a turbocharged 1.5-liter, three-cylinder gasoline engine mated to an electric motor. It could sport a combined output of 224 horsepower (165 kilowatts) and 284 pound-feet (385 Newton-meters) of torque and a 7.7-kWh battery pack located under the rear seats for an electric range of around 25 miles (41 kilometers).