MINI Malaysia looks set to expand its Countryman line-up in the country with the new MINI Cooper S E Countryman All4, the brand’s first plug-in hybrid model. Those who are interested will be glad to know they can now register their interest at a dedicated page on the company’s website.

First revealed in October last year, the plug-in hybrid Countryman uses the same powertrain as the BMW 225xe Active Tourer. The setup consists of a 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine (134 hp and 220 Nm), six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, rear-mounted electric motor (87 hp and 165 Nm) with two-stage single-speed transmission, and a 7.6 kWh battery.

In total, the system has an output of 221 hp and 385 Nm of torque, which is enough to get the SUV from a rest to 100 km/h in just 6.8 seconds. Following European Union test cycle, the plug-in hybrid Countryman has a fuel consumption of as low as 2.1 l/100 km.

The model also features various modes for the powertrain, including Auto eDrive, Max eDrive and Save Battery. The first allows the model to run on electric power only up to a speed of 80 km/h, and the engine is called upon for more intensive loads.

In Max eDrive, the vehicle runs on electric power alone at speeds of up to 125 km/h until the battery runs out of juice. Lastly, Save Battery lets drivers raise the battery’s charge state to at least 90% for use later on.

The new Cooper S E Countryman All4, when it is launched, will join existing, petrol-only models such as the Cooper Countryman, Cooper S Countryman and the more recent John Cooper Works Countryman. Pricing for the plug-in hybrid model hasn’t been revealed yet – the current Countryman offerings range between RM239,888 and RM348,888.

You can click here to register your interest.

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