When it first drove onto the scene in 2011, the Mini Countryman rewrote the rules for the downsized brand. And so, with the rest of the line-up growing a bit bigger this generation, it would seem only appropriate that the latest Mini ute also adds a few inches.
But it also gets the brand’s first-ever plug-in hybrid driveline – the first battery system since the all-electric Mini-E was pulled from production in 2010.
Already the biggest seller in the Mini portfolio, the British maker is hoping to take even bigger advantage of the surge in compact SUV sales with the arrival of the Countryman. Growing by 8.1 inches in length and 1.3 inches in width, it’s “not only the largest Mini we’ve ever built, but it’s also the most technologically advanced,” explains Thomas Felbermair, vice president of Mini of the Americas. (more…)