Much has been said about the new MINI Countryman and yet the details keep piling up. After learning that it will grow in size to roughly match the footprint of the Audi Q3, a new report sheds light on what’s under the hood. According to Coachthe next-generation crossover will not only be the company’s biggest car, but also its most powerful.
Indeed, the reputation UK publication claims the Countryman PHEV will have up to 322 horsepower. If this outing rings a bell, it’s because the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer in 230e xDrive form packs an identical punch. Connecting the dots, MINI will use the same powertrain as the van where it does 480 Nm (353 lb-ft).
The healthy electrified muscle will be provided by a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine paired with an electric motor. It will pack an extra 105bhp over the outgoing model with its impossibly long name – MINI Countryman Cooper SE All4 PHEV. By extension, we expect the BMW X1 plug-in hybrid to have an identical setup. Why? Because the two will share the platform and the assembly line in Leipzig, Germany.
The MINI Countryman and BMW X1 will both have EV versions
MINI will borrow the battery with a usable capacity of 14.2 kWh from the BMW 230e xDrive. It should have enough juice for about 55 miles (89 kilometers) in the WLTP cycle. It’s unclear at this point whether MINI will slap the John Cooper Works on the mighty PHEV crossover. We know a purely electric derivative is going to mirror the BMW iX1, while cheaper models will have mild-hybrid tech. Where diesels still make sense, a 2.0-litre oil burner will be offered.
BMW and MINI will unveil their new crossovers before the end of 2022. Sales will likely start later next year once production begins. Both won’t have to worry about the Audi Q2 as the Ingolstadt-based brand will be phasing out the small crossover at the end of its life cycle.