The 2016 Mini Countryman Plug-In Hybrid will be the first plug-in hybrid car from Mini. The British automotive marque is expected to implement the hybrid technology on its upcoming vehicles over the next few years. The thriftier Mini will be based on the UKL platform, just like its counterpart BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Plug-in. The Countryman Plug-In Hybrid will be part of the lineup of cars, consisting of 2016 Mini Countryman and 2016 Mini Cooper Clubman, the BMW-owned automaker is working on.
2016 Mini Countryman Plug-In Hybrid Exterior Design
Some photos from reliable sources show the car being heavily camouflaged. But this doesn’t prevent car analysts from writing something about its exterior. The 2016 Mini Countryman Plug-In Hybrid will have the same outside appearance like that one of its predecessors. However, the body is expected to be wider with the front end being bolder. The grille and rear fascia will be revised and slightly restyled. The dominant color on this car is black. The roof and side mirrors are painted white. A Hybrid Test Vehicle badge on the rear bumper confirms the car has an electric motor. Also an extra fuel cap on one of its sides makes the car different from the conventional Countryman models.
Most interior features of this 2016 Mini Countryman Plug-In Hybrid are identical to those of a conventional Countryman. The interior cabin is more spacious, which allows passengers to have a comfortable ride. The car has an infotainment system on the center piece, well accessible by drivers. This system will display additional information, such as drive modes, battery and recharging data. The center console has been redesigned and includes an iDrive knob. There are several buttons and switches below the center console. The speedometer has been replaced by a rev counter. The interior cabin also features rectangular air vents, redesigned knobs and HVAC controls.
Engine and Performance of 2016 Mini Countryman Plug-In Hybrid
The 2016 Mini Countryman Plug-In Hybrid will feature a gasoline engine and a battery-powered electric motor. The gasoline engine is 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder and will deliver 120hp to the front wheels. On the other hand, the battery-powered electric motor will generate 70-80hp to the rear wheels. The two drive train units, when combined, will generate around 200hp and 250 lb-ft. Another engine option is the 2.0 liter inline-turbo engine and an electric motor. This engine generates 136hp while the motor generates 102hp. The total horse power from this engine is 240 while the torque is 295. When it comes to mileage, the plug-in-in hybrid car will be able to travel only 20 miles on the electric charge. From a dead stop, the car can attain a speed of 60mph in 10 seconds. The top speed of this 2016 Countryman is 125 mph.
Since Mini Countryman Plug-In Hybrid is a car designed to rely on electric power and fuel power, you would therefore expect it to consume less fuel. The fuel economy stands at 44 mpg highway and 40 mpg city.
Release Date and Price of 2016 Mini Countryman Plug-In Hybrid
The 2016 Mini Countryman Plug-In Hybrid will be released in early 2016. The car is expected to hit most automobile markets in the course of the year. This plug-in hybrid model will be more expensive than other Countryman cars. The price will range between $23,000 and $30,000.