Next-gen Mini Countryman to get electric option

    Mini plans to kill off the plug-in hybrid version of the crossover and move its production from Netherlands to Germany.

    Published On Apr 24, 2022 08:30:00 AM


    Mini Countryman

    The next-gen Mini Countryman will get an electric option.

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    While the next-gen Mini hatchback will remain relatively similar, there’s a more extensive shake-up planned at the larger end of the Mini range.

    Somewhat surprisingly, the Mini five-door hatchback won’t get an electric version and the estate is unlikely to be directly replaced.

    For those seeking a more practical Mini EV, there will be a new electric-only compact crossover that sits beneath the Mini Countryman. This smaller, high-riding model is due to be revealed later this year and will also be built in China as part of the Spotlight joint venture between the BMW Group and Great Wall Motor.

    It likely will be designed more radically than the retro-inspired Mini production models to date. This smaller crossover will allow the Countryman to grow in order to better serve buyers with families, as well as buyers in the US, who are traditionally predisposed towards larger cars.

    Contrary to earlier reports, the plug-in hybrid version of the Countryman is set to disappear. Like the rest of the future Mini range, the new Countryman will be powered by either petrol or electric drivetrains. A diesel version is in development, but won’t be offered in the UK.

    Countryman production will move from its current home in the Netherlands to Germany as Oxford focuses on the hatchback and convertible, and the new Chinese plant handles the electric cars.

    Mini in India

    Mini Cooper sells the current-gen Countryman in India – Cooper S and Cooper S JCW variants – and recently launched its first EV in India, the Cooper SE.

    What are your thoughts on family estates going electric? Let us know in the comments.

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