Countryman presently comes in plug-in hybrid.
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
It was in November 2020 that BMW Group announced that the third-gen MINI Countryman range will encompass a MINI Countryman Electric (name TBD). In the group’s annual press conference last month, 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 production of the new generation first 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 MINI 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 once the range goes above 400 km (250 miles), he does not see the use case for PHEVs.
According to a report Autocar UK published in March, the next-gen MINI Countryman will be based on the new 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 character of the MINI Countryman will also see a major change such that it looks more of an SUV than a crossover. The report suggests that planning for a pure electric variant is at an advanced stage.
MINI is going fully 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.
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.
Which are rivals to the MINI Countryman Electric?
The 2023 MINI Countryman Electric will rival the likes of Volvo XC40 Recharge and Mercedes EQA.
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