BMW has confirmed the 2019 Mini Countryman S E All4 PHEV will arrive in Australia in the second quarter of 2019.
Providing the power will be a plug-in hybrid system comprised of a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine driving the front wheels (capable of producing 100kW/220Nm) and a synchronous electric motor driving the rear wheels (capable of producing 65kW/160Nm). The hybrid system is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Mini is expecting an electric range of 40km when the battery pack is fully charged.
Speaking of the battery, the lithium-ion unit will be located under the rear seat with a capacity of 7.6kWh which can be charged with a standard domestic socket to 80 per cent in three and a quarter hours. For those who are concerned, the battery is covered by a six-year/100,000km warranty.
A Mini Wallbox can also be purchased to cut down the same charge rate by an hour.
The Mini Countryman S E All4 will also feature an ‘eDrive’ toggle switch which can change drive modes. MAX eDrive mode provides pure electric power for speeds up to 125km/h whilst the default AUTO eDrive blends both driving modes with pure electric driving available until 80km/h is reached.
There is also a ‘Save Battery’ mode which allows the battery pack to recharge on-the-go.
Full Australian specifications and pricing of the 2019 Countryman S E All4 are expected to be announced closer to the launch date. Stay tuned!
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