BMW Group has reaffirmed that it plans to launch a MINI Countryman Electric in the next generation series. The new MINI Countryman will be the third generation of the British brand’s largest model and will grow into a proper SUV.
MINI Countryman Electric production
In November 2020, BMW Group announced that the third-gen MINI Countryman range would encompass a MINI Countryman Electric. In the group’s annual press conference in March, the company repeated that future full-electric variants include the successor to the MINI Countryman.
The BMW Group Plant Leipzig (Germany) will be the mother plant of both next-gen MINI Countryman and the first-ever MINI Countryman electric, with the production of the new generation cars beginning in 2023. China is likely to get both from a domestic factory of Great Wall Motor through the joint venture company Spotlight Automotive.
The 2023 MINI Countryman will measure bigger than the second-gen model Bernd Körber, Head, MINI, told autoexpress.co.uk last year. The Countryman will move half a segment above.
Further, Körber said that the 2023 MINI Countryman will belong to the BMW X1 class (compact or C). For reference, the Mk2 MINI Countryman measures 169.7 inches in length, 71.7 inches in width, and 61.3 inches in height, and has a 105.1-inch wheelbase. While the MINI Countryman will grow moving to its next-generation, the MINI hatchback will see a reduction in exterior dimensions. This will create enough space for the rumored MINI Paceman electric SUV-coupe to join the range.
Platform & Range
Replacing the Countryman plug-in hybrid electric, the MINI Countryman EV has some big shoes to fill. Körber told Auto Express that he does not see the use case for PHEVs once the range goes above 400 km (250 miles).
According to a report Autocar UK published in March, the next-gen MINI Countryman will be baked on the new multi-energy FAAR platform and measure at least 4.5 meters or 177.2 inches long. That would mark a significant improvement of 7.5 inches over the current model, meaning better legroom and knee-room and maybe even more cargo volume. The icing on the cake is the character of the MINI Countryman which will also see a major change such that it looks more like an SUV than a crossover. The report suggests that planning for a pure electric variant is at an advanced stage. What the platform is not, however, is a skateboard designed only for electric vehicles, as you would find under a Hyundai Ioniq 5 or a Mercedes EQS.
MINI is going all-electric
Of the three BMW Group brands BMW, MINI, and Rolls-Royce, MINI will go fully electric first. The German conglomerate has revealed that all MINI models from the early 2030s will run only on electricity. The company plans to cease the development of combustion-engine models in 2025. Even the last combustion engine MINI will have an electrified variant.
MINI will be the first BMW Group brand to go fully electric. MINI is perfect for the city – and for e-mobility. We will be releasing the last model with a combustion-engine variant in 2025. By the early 2030s, MINI will be exclusively fully electric.Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management, BMW Group, at the annual conference in March.
BMW Group E-Mobility Roadmap
BMW Group aims to convert at least half the annual sales to pure electric vehicles by 2030. The company will expand its BEV portfolio to five models by the year-end: BMW i3, BMW iX3, BMW i4, BMW iX, and MINI Cooper SE. BMW will increase this number to 13 by the end of 2023, with which the company projects covering about 90% of its current market segments with models like the Mini Minor, BMW iX1, 3 Series EV, 5 Series EV, 7 Series EV, etc. It is at this time that we expect the MINI Countryman electric SUV to arrive in showrooms.
By 2025, BMW Group plans to increase the sales of its BEVs by an average of well over 50% from the current level and will include even niche models such as the 2025 Mini Convertible electric. By around the beginning of next decade, it estimates a cumulative BEV sales figure of approximately ten million units.
Mini Countryman Electric FAQs
What is the next-gen MINI Countryman release date?
The next-gen MINI Countryman is due in 2023. The electric version should be available in showrooms the same year.
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