It will be the first Countryman without a gasoline engine.
The next-generation Mini Cooper Countryman was just spotted testing in prototype form, but this specific example is different from the ones we've seen previously. We last saw the Countryman testing with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, and now we've seen the first evidence of the upcoming all-electric model. Aside from not hearing any engine noise as the car drove by, our spy photographers could clearly tell this was the Countryman EV based on the "Electric Test Vehicle" stickers on the doors and rear bumper.
As we already knew from spy shots of the standard Countryman, this new version will be larger than the existing model. We expect the new Countryman to grow by more than seven inches, providing more cargo space and more room inside for passengers.
We don't have many details regarding the EV powertrain but it will likely be shared with the BMW X1 since both ride on BMW's FAAR platform. The electric iX1 produces 308 horsepower and 364 lb-ft of torque from dual electric motors. If the Countryman gets the same output, it would have John Cooper Works levels of performance.
BMW uses a 64.7 kWh battery in the iX1, enabling a 266-mile WLTP-rated range. In terms of charge speed, the battery supports 130 kW speeds. There are no plans for the iX1 to be sold in the United States, so it's unclear if the electric Countryman will be offered here either.
These new photos do not reveal the interior but we suspect it will be virtually identical to the gas-powered Countryman. Previous spy shots have shown a new circular infotainment screen that looks reminiscent of the center tachometer found in late-model Mini vehicles. For those wanting a slightly smaller Mini EV, the UK brand has also been spotting testing a production version of the Aceman Concept.
The next-generation Mini Countryman should debut in late 2023 with the EV arriving around six months later.
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