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LA Auto Show 2017
Mini Cooper Countryman gets the hybrid treatmentA three-cylinder engine and electric motor combine for the most powerful Countryman available.
I've said it before, and they just keep proving me right. Minis, they ain't so mini anymore. This Countryman behind me, is now the biggest Mini on tap. It's eight inches longer, and three inches wider than its outgoing model. And you can still get the Cooper, and the Cooper S of this, but Mini's brought something else to the party, namely a plug-in Hybrid. Does the Cooper SE Countryman All4, try to say that six times fast. This new hybrid is powered by a 1.5 liter turbo charged 3 cylinder engine on the front wheels, and an electric motor on the rear. Now those combine to give you 221 horsepower, and 284 [UNKNOWN] of torque. That is a hybrid I can get behind. Of course there's only one transmission offered, and that is an eight speed automatic. The Mini's got a 7.6 killowatt hour battery, and that gives it enough juice to go 24 miles on an all electric charge at speeds of up to 77 miles an hour. Now of course being a hybrid, you do lose a little bit of cargo space, but there's still more cargo space than the outgoing model, namely just about 30% more. Standard features include a panoramic glass roof and a 6.5" touch screen, Android auto and wireless charging are both standard. But you won't find any Apple Car play in the Mini, [SOUND]. Game over. You can expect to see the gas powered variants go on sale in March of 2017, with the hybrid on sale just a bit later in June.