- 165kW can be put on the road – or gravel
- Electric motor, battery, under seat
- Latest Mini will play on- or off-road
THE MINI COOPER SE Countryman All4 is the first product from the UK automaker to have a plug-in hybrid drive to support a three-cylinder petrol engine which, used together, can generate 165kW.
Impressive, given the power potential, is Mini’s average fuel consumption – as little as 2.1 litres/100km is claimed as possible.
“The car,” Mini asserts, “is perfect for urban folk who want the benefit of electric-only mobility for commuting with uncapped distance ability at the weekend.”
‘DRIVING FUN – OFF-TAR’
The two power units have been slotted into the “variable space” concept of the new model generation’s largest member, its front wheels powered by the petrol engine, the rear by the electric motor and the latter capable of 125km/h with a possible range of 40km.
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The car is also, the latest Mini’s project manager Uwe Seitz says, capable of “driving fun” off-tar thanks to its all-wheel drive.
The Mini E of 2008 was the BMW Group’s first battery-only car for everyday traffic and more than 600 were assembled for such use as part of a large field experiment which yielded vital insight into battery cars: one result was the BMW i3.
Under the bonnet of this Cooper SE, however, is a BMW Group 1.5-litre, three-cylinder, 100kW, 220Nm twin-turbo petrol engine, a 2016/17 unit driving a six-speed transmission. Under the boot, adjacent to the 36-litre fuel tank, is a 65kW/165Nm ‘hybrid synchronous’ motor which provides constant power even at high revs.
The electric drive goes through a two-stage transmission to a rear axle and its power supply can be recharged in about two-and-a-half hours through a dedicated charger, or another hour from a domestic power socket.
With both power units responding a maximum under hard acceleration the car, BMW/Mini says, can reach 100m/h in 6.8sec.
Seitz, speaking of the all-wheel drive system, said: “It ensures perfect movement in any weather and on any road surfaces with the petrol engine powering the front wheels and the electric motor the rear – as in the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car.”
The driver can invoke electric power with an ‘eDrive toggle switch’ which handles three drive modes: auto eDrive, Max eDrive, and Save Battery (to use only the petrol engine, turning the starter motor to charge the drive battery).
Normal charging uses a connection under a flap in the area of the left-hand side scuttle.
The Mini Cooper SE Countryman All4 comes with 16.5cm colour multiscreen that includes satnav; optional is a 22cm screen with a new graphic design and touchscreen function as well as through a touch controller in the centre console.