Mini’s Sending This Countryman PHEV To Tackle The Panamericana

The retromod classic Cooper isn’t the only electrified vehicle that Mini has brought to the New York Auto Show this week. Along with it, the Anglo-Saxon automaker is also showcasing this plug-in crossover ahead of what’s sure to be an epic journey.

The MINI Countryman Panamericana is based on the Cooper S E Countryman All4. The adventure vehicle retains the production model’s plug-in hybrid powertrain, but has been specially prepared to tackle one of the longest roads in the world.

That would be the Panamericana – otherwise known as the Pan-American Highway, Ruta Panamericana, or Interamericana. The longest north-south highway in the world, it incorporates over 30,000 miles (48,000 kilometers) of roads. They traverse a distance of 16,000 miles (25,750 km), as the bird flies, from Tierra del Fuego in Argentina to Alaska.

Mini is sending three of these expeditionary vehicles on the adventure. Each is fitted with auxiliary driving lights and a roof rack to carry a spare wheel and tire. That may come in handy considering the various environments the vehicle will have to traverse to get from one end to the other. There’s a map-outline decal of the Americas on the side, too. But otherwise, it looks pretty much bone-stock.

The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 packs a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor and a six-speed automatic transmission. Combined, they send a total of 221 horsepower (224 ps/165 kW) and 284 lb-ft (385 Nm) of torque to all four wheels. All the while, it’ll go up to 12 miles on electric power alone (by US standards), and up to 270 with the internal-combustion engine kicking in, returning an EPA-certified equivalent of 65 miles per gallon.

more photos...
  • SteersUright

    Finally! More powerful Mini’s!

Ford Could Build More Than One MEB-Based EV In Europe

Ford is interested in building multiple electric vehicles based on the VW Group’s electric vehicle platform.

Audi’s Deadline For Removing All Illegal Diesel Software Is This Month

Audi will face penalties if it fails to remove illegal software from diesel cars by September 26.

2020 DS 8 Flagship Starts Testing In Europe Ahead Of Launch Next Year

The EMP2-based DS 8 will be built in China and will first launch there before possibly arriving in Europe.

BMW Wants To Kill Off i3 EV Hatch In Favor Of Other Models

BMW’s focus going forward will reportedly be on PHEV derivatives of current models as well as all-electric new models.

Honda Wants To Sell At Least 10,000 e EVs Annually In Europe

A successful Honda e will allow the carmaker to achieve the EU’s fleet average of 95 g/km CO2 and avoid paying costly fines over emission targets.

2021 VW ID.4 Compact Electric Crossover Spotted Testing Alongside ID.3 Hatch

The ID.4 will go on sale in the United States next spring, with deliveries scheduled to commence in late 2020.

GM And UAW Resume Negotiations As Workers Continue Their Strike

The strike could cost the company $50 million daily in lost production alone, according to analysts’ estimates.

Mazda Will Unveil New EV Prototype At Tokyo Motor Show

The electric vehicle will be available for test drives disguised as a Mazda CX-30, but will have a new EV platform underneath.

Mercedes-Maybach SUV To Launch In November With Its Own Special Scent

Unlike 2018’s Ultimate Luxury Concept, the production version will look similar to the GLS, albeit with some distinctive changes inside and out.

Is BMW Working On A 550 HP M750Le Performance Plug-In Hybrid?

The hybridized 7-Series should feature a 3.0-liter straight-six paired to an electric motor and BMW’s latest-gen battery pack.