Mini Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 224-PS SUV: top model for the green conscience

Mini Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 224-PS SUV

In the 1990s, the then SUV group brother Range Rover still needed a 4.6-liter V8 engine to come to 224 hp. At that time measured a mini also 3.05 meters in length. The new Mini Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 will need a 1.5-liter three-cylinder and an electric motor for the same amount of horsepower. How “mini” a 4.30-meter-long SUV is still, however, lies in the eye of the beholder.

Alternative drives are the big topic in the car world. Even with the Mini brand now beats a green heart. With the Mini Cooper SE Countryman ALL4, the manufacturer wants to take the environmental thought into account.

After all, it is the first model of the brand, in which a plug-in hybrid offers the possibility for the purely electric ride, the British say proudly. Linked to this statement with the promise that the agility should not be left behind. What’s up on the new mini with the high “E”?

SE Countryman: under seven seconds to 100 km

First, there is the power plant. The three-cylinder gasoline engine and the electric motor together produce a system output of 224 hp with a maximum torque of 385 Newton-meters – that is five Newton meters more than the Range Rover 4.6 from the 1990s.

The fuel consumption is according to Mini at 2.1 to 2.3 liters per 100 kilometers. That corresponds to a CO2 value of 49 to 52 grams per kilometer, it is said. The 4,6er treated himself some 20 years ago 16.3 liters per 100 kilometers.

The front wheels are driven by the internal combustion engine, the rear wheels by the electric power unit. The sprinter from 0 to 100 km / h creates the Stromer in 6.8 seconds, and the maximum speed is reached at 198 km / h.

Plug-in hybrid drives up to 42 kilometers purely electrically

When the SE Countryman is powered by electricity, the top speed is 125 km / h and its range is up to 42 kilometers. And with the power of both engines, he can also provide driving fun beyond solid roads.

“The plug-in hybrid drive fits perfectly with the new Mini Countryman because it offers an intelligent all-wheel drive concept and can also drive purely electrically in urban areas, but also over long distances,” says Uwe Seitz, Project Manager MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4.

Let’s take a separate look at the two drives: The gasoline engine draws its power of 136 hp from 1.5-liter displacement. The maximum torque is 220 Newton meters and is available at 1250 tours.

Below the luggage compartment floor, the electric motor is housed, which comes to a power of 88 hp. The maximum torque is 165 Newton meters.

And what about the battery?

The lithium-ion battery consists of five modules each with 16 battery cells and, like the electric motor is manufactured at the Dingolfing plant, the competence center of the BMW Group for eDrive technology. The high-voltage battery has a capacity of 7.6-kilowatt hours (kWh).

It can be fully charged within 2:30 hours on a wall box that offers 3.6 kW of charging power, the automaker promises. For charging on a conventional household socket, about 3:15 hours must be taken into account.

The cost of the part-electric driving pleasure “Made by Mini”

The British call 35,900 euros for their new baby. A lot of money for a mini. However, the entire hybrid technology is so hidden that one does not perceive it in the interior, emphasizes Uwe Seitz, Project Manager SE Countryman ALL4: “With the exception of the controls, with which the different driving modes are activated.”. So driving pleasure as in any other mini too. Market launch is on June 24, 2017.

Incidentally, the SD variant, which requires 7.4 seconds with the 190-hp 2.0-liter diesel for the standard sprint, also costs 35,900 euros – as the transition to the plug-in hybrid drive should fall relatively easily.

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