Camouflaged Prototype Photos Released by British Company
Mini is putting in many hours of labour on the forthcoming Countryman, with confirmations sighted of prototypes in testing during winter. The automaker has stated that this time, a fully electric version of the SUV will be available; it will be the first Mini ever released to be made completely in Germany. Alongside the BMW 1 Series, 2 Series Gran Coupé, and 2 Series Active Tourer, production of the Countryman EV will take place in BMW Group’s manufacturing facility located in Leipzig. In addition, teaser photographs of the camouflaged model are now being released by Mini.
Unfortunately, Mini has yet to reveal tech specs on the electric Countryman model. Yet speculation is that this groovy-looking crossover could take advantage of similar platforms and components to those used on the BMW iX1. If correct, two electric motors would give it a 313 horsepower (230 kW) and an impressive 364 pound-feet (494 Nm) of torque. In addition, the Bavarian electric build boasts 64.7 kilowatts-hour battery capacity which gives an astonishing range of up to 272 miles (438 km) when fully charged.
In order to ensure the output of the latest Countryman in Leipzig, a colossal €800 million (which is worth around $851 million at existing currency prices) has been set aside for setting up new production lines as well as supplementary producing facilities for electric elements. By 2024, BMW anticipates recruiting nearly 1,000 new personnel in electric components manufacturing, and this will join their current team of more or less 5,600 staff members. At present, the Leipzig plant generates approximately 1,000 automobiles each day yet this capacity is anticipated to increase in the near future.
Mini intends to only have all-electric vehicles be their stock by the end of the decade. It’s likely the subsequent Countryman will not solely be electric-powered. Courtroom sightings of conventional motor driven models have emerged and it’s rumored there will be a choice between 1.5- and 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engines.
Reports state that research and development is being conducted for a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder plug-in hybrid vehicle which should produce 322 horsepower (237 kilowatts). This PHEV system will include a 14.2-kWh battery affording a range of around 55 miles under electric power. Additionally, it is said an even weaker version of this same PHEV could be released.