The 2017 Mini Countryman is also a plug in hybrid image

For the first time ever the British brand gets a hybrid powertrain, one that is also a more advanced plug in and comes with 24 miles (38 km) of electric range.

This is most likely the most important novelty brought by the second generation Mini Countryman – the new plug in hybrid powertrain comes with the lessons learned from the all-electric Mini E program from years ago, as well as BMW’s i3 and i8. The model’s designation is the Countryman Cooper S E and includes the usual dose of functionality and all-wheel-drive capability, mixing in some green efficiency for the interested parties. The PHEV powertrain includes a turbocharged, 1.5-liter inline-three engine up front, packing 134 horsepower and mates it to a six speed auto sending power to the front wheels. At the back under the cargo floor, an electric motor has 87 hp and gets hooked to the rear wheels.

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The overall system output rating is of 221 hp and 284 lb-ft, with a 60 mph (96 km/h) sprint of 6.8 seconds and an electric range of 24 miles on a charge, considering you don’t go past 77 miles per hour. The recharge takes 3 hours and 15 minutes from a 240-volt outlet and in the European test cycle, the hybridized Countryman will achieve 2.1 liters / 100 km, with corresponding CO2 emissions of 49 g/km. Driving duties are fulfilled in the Auto eDrive – 55 mph max speed with electric and the engine ready to kick in when needed; Max eDrive for full electric power and Save Battery modes.