Mini is baking the third-gen Countryman—which is gonna be all-electric. The final rounds of testing are in full swing, and the BMW Group is aiming to commence production in Leipzig in November 2023, which makes the electric Countryman the first Mini to be produced in Germany. For those wondering, the Mini Cooper SE is produced in UK and China.
The all-electric Countryman is gonna come in multiple flavors. For starters, there’ll be the Countryman E—which will be a front-wheel-drive variant offering a power output of 140 kW or 190 metric hp. And, the Countryman SE ALL4 is gonna be the brand’s first all-wheel-drive fully-electric vehicle, packing a motor at each axle, offering a combined power output of 230 kW or 313 metric hp (including a temporary boost). A 64.7 kWh battery pack is estimated to offer a range of around 450 km (280 mi), which is not bad at all.
With its length increased by 13 cm to 4,429 mm and height increased by almost 6 cm to 1,613 mm, the all-electric Countryman should offer a generous space for all its occupants.
As with any new EV these days, the electric Countryman too adopts a few sustainability solutions, such as ditching all decorative elements in both exterior and interior and manufacturing the cast light-alloy wheels from up to 70% secondary aluminium. Furthermore, the manufacturing process is claimed to use green electricity. Inside, the surfaces of the dashboard, steering wheel, headliner, floor, and floor mats are made of recycled polyester obtained from PET bottles and carpet remnants.