Could have an electric-only range of 24 miles.
Designed to appeal to eco-friendly buyers, the Countryman E will follow in the footsteps of the standard model but be distinguished by unique badging and a charging port on the front fender.
Motivation will reportedly by a high-tech powertrain that consists of a 1.5-litre TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder engine, a rear-mounted electric motor, and a 7.7 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery pack. The electric motor will power the rear wheels while the gasoline engine will provide motivation to the ones up front via a six-speed Steptronic transmission.
Performance specifications remain unconfirmed but the model will apparently have a combined maximum output of roughly 224 horsepower. This will reportedly enable the crossover to accelerate from 0-100 kilometres per hour (0-62 miles per hour) in around 6.5 seconds. In terms of efficiency, owners can expect an electric-only range of about of 39 km (24 miles) and a fuel economy rating of roughly 1.7 litres per 100 km (141.2 miles per gallon).
Nothing is official but Mini has reportedly moved up the model's launch so it could be introduced this summer. If the rumours pan out, the Countryman E could arrive at dealerships as early as next year.