Other cars have been striving to integrate electric power into their lines, whether it means settling for the hybrid version or going all out. MINI has been working on their own version, but they refused to release one until it was 100% ready. Now the time has finally come, and soon we will see the 2017 MINI Countryman for the first time in all it’s plug-in hybrid glory.
To really appreciate what they’ve done, head to a MINI Cooper dealership as soon as this eco-beauty is available. You’ll have the opportunity to see the Countryman for yourself and take one for a test drive. Until then, there are plenty of details to whet your appetite.
Despite the hybrid design, this is still a MINI Countryman. That strong spirit will remain evident in the design and performance. Will people be able to discern it from other Countrymen they see? Hard to say. But the goal wasn’t to make a car that stood out in any abrupt way as though to announce its hybrid capability. Rather it was to continue to deliver a look that people know and love, all while catering to their desire to drive a vehicle that relies less on fossil fuel and more on sustainable energy.
The 2017 MINI Countryman will feature a 36hp three-cylinder engine twinned with an 88hp electric motor for a total power of 224 hp. It will still have four-wheel drive capability, and when in electric mode, it will have a range of 25 miles and a top speed of 78 mph. Additional features include touchless opening of the tailgate, touchscreen controls in the cabin, and the MINI Connected App on duty as your personal assistant.
Put the 2017 MINI Countryman hybrid on your “To See” list. As soon as it’s available, check out your Braman MINI Cooper Dealership to take a test drive in this mold-breaking hybrid.