The British website MotoringFile.com has revealed the technical drawings of the new 2017 Mini Countryman, also known as F60. As the images show, it will really have a plugin hybrid version. But not only that.
Have you seen the dark green details? They are side impact bars. The F60 Countryman will have two in each door: a transversal one, traditional, and an upper one, right below the belt line. While it has two side impact bars per door, some cars have lost their only ones in order to save money… The dark blue details show the curtain and side airbags. But the most interesting aspects of these technical drawings are what it says about the hybrid powertrain.
The “air vent” on the left front fender will house the electric connector for recharging the Countryman E, as it will be called. The batteries are placed under the rear seats, sharing space with a smaller fuel tank. There are 2 electric engines in the car, according to MotoringFile. The first is a high-voltage generator coupled with the 1.5 3-cylinder internal combustion engine. It delivers 100 kW and 220 Nm and can receive and extra 15 kW and 150 Nm from the electric engine. There is also an electric engine at the rear axle which can deliver 65 kW and 165 Nm. In other words, the Countryman E will always be ALL4, or else, be all-wheel drive.
The electric only range tops 38 km and the Countryman E has an 80 km/h limiter in all-electric mode. That is more than enough for urban journeys.
The new Countryman will be presented at the Paris Motor Show and will go on sale in Europe by the end of the year. In the USA, it will probably arrive next year, as well as in other overseas markets, such as Latin America.