The MINI Countryman has been around since 2010, which means it’s time for a new model to take its place. The second-generation compact crossover, set to be unveiled later this month, marks MINI’s first foray into plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) territory.
The new Countryman was previewed by MINI’s honchos and highlights zero-emissions capabilities. MINI promises to deliver the go-kart handling the brand is known for, but this will be optimised with electrification. In terms of weight distribution, the engineers have hinted at a near 50:50 split.
The Countryman’s PHEV powertrain is available in three modes: Auto eDrive, Max eDRive, and Save Battery model. The Max eDrive allows the Countryman to reach speeds up to 125km/h. That said, nothing has been mentioned on how far this car can go on one single charge.
The second-generation Countryman could also facilitate a larger footprint, made possible by using the versatile UKL1 platform (shared with the MINI hatch and Clubman). It will like be powered by either a 1.5-litre three potter or 2.0-litre turbocharged engines, just like other MINI models.Presently, MINI Malaysia offers the first-generation and locally assembled Countryman at RM198,888.00. It seems that this MINI Countryman PHEV with EEV status could potentially justify the continuation of MINI CKD program in Malaysia.