Mini is working on its next electric car, the Countryman EV, which is expected to launch in February 2024. The Mini Countryman EV will be sold alongside the brand’s other two EVs, the Cooper Electric hatchback and the Aceman crossover. Mini chief executive Stefanie Wurst said the trio would revolutionize the brand’s lineup. Additionally, she revealed in an interaction with British automotive publication Autocar UK that the upcoming EV will offer two different battery options.
The base model E of the Mini Countryman EV will have a 54-kWh battery pack, while the top-of-the-line SE model will have a 64-kWh pack, Wurst said. She also revealed that the luxury EV will also be based on the same FAAR architecture as the third-generation BMW X1 and BMW iX1 BEV. Upon launch, the Mini Countryman EV will replace the outgoing Countryman PHEV.
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Speaking of power, the entry-level E variant will pump out a peak 188 horsepower from a single-motor powertrain, while the SE will pump out a maximum of 268 horsepower from a dual-motor AWD setup, Wurst said. The Country EV will be the only Mini EV with a four-wheel-drive system, as the Aceman EV will be an FWD-only model. She further said that a single charge can provide a range of about 272 kilometers, which is comparable to the BMW iX1. However, the British car brand is yet to reveal details on the Countryman EV’s range.
Design-wise, the new Mini Countryman EV will take similar design cues from the Mini Cooper Electric and Aceman. This would give the bulbous headlights a more angular interpretation that the Mini has been known for so far. The EV will have a squarer front profile and larger front and rear overhangs. Mini claims the new Countryman EV will look even tougher.
The car will be produced entirely at the BMW Group’s Leipzig plant in Germany, with production scheduled to begin in late 2023. The car’s battery pack will also be produced at the plant’s in-house manufacturing facility.
First published date: March 9, 2023 at 12:35pm CST