New Mini Countryman Getting Ready For Big Reveal, Will Offer Plug-in Hybrid

The time for the reveal of the new-gen  Mini Countryman seems to be approaching, as the prototypes are losing more and more camo in front of our spies.

Yesterday, we showed you  some photos of a similarly-camouflaged mule sent to us by a reader and today, we have a full set of images showing the mule from almost every angle.

The new generation of Mini’s crossover will share the same platform with the BMW X1 and of course, the Mini Clubman. This means that the new Mini Countryman will grow in size to offer a more spacious interior while the perceived quality of the materials used inside is also going to at least match those of the Clubman’s premium cabin.

The next Countryman will be offered in FWD and AWD versions. The same wide range of petrol and diesel engines used in other Mini models will be also present, with the range-topping sports version to be no other than the 228hp John Cooper Works.

The most interesting addition to the range though will be the plug-in hybrid version, which according to fresh reports, will combine a three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor powering the rear axle. BMW (and therefore Mini) will use their expertise gained from the i model series in this powertrain. Power is expected to reach a combined 240hp, with 136hp from the petrol and another 102hp from the rear-mounted electric motor.

The official debut is expected in October, during the Paris Motor Show, with the JCW and PHEV versions to follow shortly after.

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