Since the rebirth of the Mini, the cult car of the sixties, the brand in the hands of BMW does not stop expanding the range constantly with attractive models. The latest is the most spacious and versatile Mini Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 with plug-in hybrid drive, offering the possibility of purely electrically powered driving, generating zero local emissions. The silent Mini was born.
It is a very powerful Cooper, made up of a 3-cylinder petrol engine with TwinPower Turbo Technology, that is to say turbocharged, and a synchronous electric motor. Together they generate a system output of 165 kW/224 hp. The unique feature of the system is that the power of the combustion engine is transmitted to the front wheels by means of a 6-speed Steptronic transmission, while the electric motor sends its power to the rear wheels via a two-stage single-speed transmission. This creates an electrified all-wheel drive system, with all its advantages of agility and stability and traction on unsurfaced terrain.
The result is worth seeing. The car accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 6.8 seconds, and according to the data provided by the company, consumes between 2.1 to 2.3 liters to 100 kilometers, with emissions of between 49 and 52 g/km. In exclusively electric mode the car can reach 125 km/h with a range of up to 40 kilometers.
The Mini plug-in starts only with the electric motor, in total silence and without emitting emissions, with the entire torque available from standing. When the engine reaches 80 km/h, the combustion engine is gently activated, unless the driver presses the eDRIVE button to continue to drive with the pure electric engine, for example in city or more vulnerable places.
The energy is stored in a pack of lithium-ion batteries housed underneath the rear seat. It can be charged at a conventional household socket or at a wallbox or public charging station. The new Mini will be available from June 24, 2017.