MINI's Largest Model Ever is Also Its First Plug-in Hybrid

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

MINI has introduced its biggest model ever.

The all-new 2017 MINI Countryman also marks the first time the British automaker has offered a plug-in hybrid, the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.

The plug-in hybrid variant features a three-cylinder MINI TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine and an electric hybrid synchronous motor offering a combined system output of 221 horsepower while connected to a six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. The plug-in hybrid Countryman will offer a range up to 24 miles while running on electrical power alone.

Overall, the new Countryman is 7.8 inches longer than its predecessor, packing five full-fledged seats with increased space and versatility. The wheelbase has been extended 2.9 inches and the result is a luggage compartment volume of 17.6 cubic feet that can be extended to a maximum of 47.6 cubic feet.

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Along with the plug-in hybrid version, the new MINI Countryman will launch in two trims, with the standard model outfitted with a three-cylinder engine providing 134 hp and 162 pound-feet of torque. The more powerful MINI Cooper S Countryman is powered by a four-cylinder engine with 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. Both engines can be configured with either front-wheel drive or ALL4 all-wheel drive and comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission.

The Cooper S Countryman, Cooper S Countryman ALL4 and Cooper Countryman ALL4 are available with an optional eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, while the front-wheel-drive Cooper Countryman is offered with a six-speed Steptronic unit.

Available as an option on the model is a power opening and closing tailgate, while the standard storage package includes an adjustable-height cargo area floor, lashing eyes, tension straps and a stainless steel insert on the loading sill. Another unique option is the Picnic Bench, which is an upholstered, padded cushion that folds out of the luggage compartment and provides seating on top of the rear bumper for two people while the vehicle is parked.

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The all-new MINI Countryman will make its public debut at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show with a market launch following in Europe in February 2017. It will arrive in the U.S. in March 2017, although the plug-in hybrid version won’t get to dealerships until June 2017.

Expect pricing to be announced closer to its release.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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