Mini Countryman hybrid sale date 03 | 03 | 2017

    THE NEW MINI hybrid will go on-sale in Scottish dealerships in June, with prices starting at £27,085, after the reduction of the Government grant. Officially it has a combined fuel economy of 134.5mpg, and emits just 49g/km of CO2. (Related: Mini unveils first plug-in hybrid)

    The Mini Countryman S E hybrid offers all-wheel drive by combining the three-cylinder petrol engine with a six-speed automatic transmission, which drives the front wheels. This works in tandem with an 88bhp electric motor mounted on the back axle driving the rear wheels through a two-speed transmission.


    According to Mini, in battery-only mode the car has a range of 25 miles, or up to 78mph. With all power sources operating at the same time, the maximum output is 221bhp and the car can accelerate from standstill to 62mph in 6.9secs.

    The hybrid’s 7.6kWh lithium ion battery, which is mounted under the slightly raised rear seat, can be recharged in 3hr 15min from an ordinary wall plug and in 2hr 15min via a specialist wall box.


    Significantly, by deciding to place the battery under the rear seats, that the hybrid model’s fuel tank has been shrunk to just 35 litres.

    The new S E hybrid, £31,585 before the Government grant reduction, is the latest model to join the Countryman range, which starts from £22,465. The SD All4 version — the range-topping regular model — costs £29,565.

    Related: Mini reveals 2017 Countryman

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    Jim McGill

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