Production for the all-new MINI Countryman, both pure electric drive and combustion engine variants, is set to begin this year at the BMW Group plant in Leipzig, Germany. It is the first time a MINI is produced entirely in Germany.
To date, MINI vehicles have been produced in England, the Netherlands and Austria. The first units are expected to roll off the production line by the end of this year. Not only the vehicles, the electric Countryman’s high-voltage batteries will also be made at the plant’s own production facilities.
The fully electric MINI Countryman should share the same powertrain as its BMW sibling, the iX1. The iX1 is powered by two electric motors, one for the front wheels and the other for the rear for all-wheel drive capabilities. As an indicator for the electric Countryman’s output, the iX1 produces 272 hp and 494 Nm of torque. Under the BMW iX1’s floor is a 64.7 kWh battery, capable of returning up to 438 km of electric range.
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Thanks to space-saving components such as the flat high-voltage battery, which is also produced at the BMW Group Plant Leipzig, the MINI Countryman will offer additional space and even greater comfort.
The petrol-powered and electric versions of the all-new Countryman will be produced on the same production line in Leipzig alongside the BMW 1 series, 2 Series Gran Coupe and the 2 Series Active Tourer. The Leipzig plant is the first plant where BMW and MINI vehicles are manufactured together.
“The new all-electric MINI Countryman demonstrates what the brand stands for; electrified go-kart feeling and a strong focus on a minimal environmental footprint,” said MINI.