While in Munich, we’ve spotted a MINI Countryman F60 prototype running on a plug-in hybrid platform.
Even though BMW has never confirmed a hybrid Countryman, the assumption has always been that the next-gen F60 MINI SUV will use the same plug-in hybrid as seen in recent BMW cars. We believe the new Countryman will be powered by the same drivetrain found in the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer which we’ve recently driven.
That particular model features BMW’s 1.5 liter three-cylinder TwinPower engine, transversely mounted powering the front wheels through a six-speed automatic, and an 88hp / 136 Nm/100 lb-ft of torque electric motor, powering the rear wheels through a two-speed transmission. The gasoline engine produces 100 kW/136 hp and 220 Nm/162 pound-feet of torque/electric.
The MINI Countryman F60 will not only be available with a front-wheel drive, but also equipped with optional all-wheel drive MINI ALL4. With the help of a Haldex clutch, the power can be routed to the rear wheels delivering additional traction.
The new Countryman will cater to the MINI demographic looking for a larger off-roader with more interior and storage space. MINI will launch the new Countryman in 2016.