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Subsequent-gen Mini Countryman to get electrical choice | Autocar India

Written by Rashmi

Mini plans to kill off the plug-in hybrid model of the crossover and transfer its manufacturing from Netherlands to Germany.

Whereas the next-gen Mini hatchback will stay comparatively comparable, there’s a extra intensive shake-up deliberate on the bigger finish of the Mini vary.

Considerably surprisingly, the Mini five-door hatchback gained’t get an electrical model and the property is unlikely to be straight changed.

For these in search of a extra sensible Mini EV, there can be a brand new electric-only compact crossover that sits beneath the Mini Countryman. This smaller, high-riding mannequin is because of be revealed later this 12 months and also will be inbuilt China as a part of the Highlight three way partnership between the BMW Group and Nice Wall Motor.

It possible can be designed extra radically than the retro-inspired Mini manufacturing fashions to this point. This smaller crossover will permit the Countryman to develop in an effort to higher serve consumers with households, in addition to consumers within the US, who’re historically predisposed in direction of bigger vehicles.

Opposite to earlier stories, the plug-in hybrid model of the Countryman is about to vanish. Like the remainder of the longer term Mini vary, the brand new Countryman can be powered by both petrol or electrical drivetrains. A diesel model is in growth, however gained’t be supplied within the UK.

Countryman manufacturing will transfer from its present dwelling within the Netherlands to Germany as Oxford focuses on the hatchback and convertible, and the brand new Chinese language plant handles the electrical vehicles.

Mini in India

Mini Cooper sells the current-gen Countryman in India – Cooper S and Cooper S JCW variants – and just lately launched its first EV in India, the Cooper SE.

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