MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 Gets 30% More Battery Capacity

10.0 kWh battery replaces the previous 7.7 kWh so the range also should go up by around 30%.

MINI announced that the plug-in hybrid MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 will get an update in the form of more energy-dense battery cells.

The second-model evolution with 30% more battery capacity (10.0 kWh instead of 7.7 kWh) will be unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The brief specs in press release say that the range will increase to 50-57 km (34-35 miles), but it seems those are optimistic NEDC figures instead of the more reasonable WLTP. The previous version was rated at 12 miles (19 km) EPA, so there is no way to go beyond 50 km with just 30% more capacity.

Anyways, using the latest generation of battery cells to bump all-electric range a little bit is always welcome.

“The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has adopted a pioneering role within the British premium brand’s current product range by providing a first taste of motoring with zero local emissions, MINI style. Now, this already successful premium compact plug-in hybrid is set to become more appealing still – courtesy of the BMW Group’s latest battery cell technology, which brings about a substantial increase in both efficiency and electric range. The battery’s dimensions are unchanged, yet the latest-generation high-voltage battery fitted in the new MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 has increased gross energy capacity from 7.7 to 10.0 kWh, thereby extending the all-rounder’s electric range by some 30 per cent to a maximum 55 – 57 kilometres (34 – 35 miles). Positioned under the rear seat unit to save space, the lithium-ion battery can be fully recharged in about five hours from a standard domestic socket or in around 3h 15 min when plugged into a wallbox.”

The powertrain seems to remain unchanged with 165 kW of system output and all-wheel drive.

“The hybrid system aboard the new MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 comprises a three-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor, generating combined system output of 165 kW/224 hp. A hybrid-specific all-wheel-drive system channels power to the front and rear wheels as required by the situation at hand. The new MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 powers from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.8 seconds. And the plug-in-hybrid’s efficiency likewise reaps the benefits of the latest advances in battery cell technology. The average fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of the new MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 have both dropped by around 20 per cent, to 2.1 – 1.9 litres per 100 kilometres and 47 – 43 grams per kilometre respectively.”

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