MINI reported details of the first model in its history with a hybrid power unit. The combination of a gasoline engine and an electric motor will be placed in one of the versions of the second-generation Cross Countryman.
Although covered with camouflage, the car was presented by MINI chief Sebastian Mackenzen and the main product manager of the brand, Peter Wolf.
In the hybrid version of the model the internal combustion engine will drive the front wheels, and the electric motor – the rear. With only current, the crossover will be able to develop speeds of 125 km/h (in MAX eDRIVE mode) and up to 80 km / h (in AUTO eDRIVE mode). The machine’s batteries are located under the rear seats and the driver’s control is a special control electronics mode in which the gasoline engine can charge the batteries.
Energy management technology is linked to the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system, which allows traction and line stability to be optimized to the maximum. When there is a danger of slipping the driven wheels, the second engine is simply activated to provide additional traction when starting or precise turning in the turns.
The MINI does not report details of the power unit, according to the Autocar edition, the BMW 225xe hatchback technology is used in this case. In the German model, it consists of a 136-hp 1.5-liter gasoline engine, a 88 hp electric motor, a 6-speed automatic transmission and a lithium-ion battery pack of 7.7 kW/h. The total power of the unit is 224 hp. and 385 Nm of torque.
Electricity only at the BMW 225xe is 41 km, the hybrid Countryman is expected to be the same. Charging from the power grid takes 3 hours and 15 minutes.