2023 MINI Countryman Electric – MINI Countryman, the new British brand’s largest vehicle, will become a proper SUV. The first MINI Countryman Electric will follow.
2023 MINI Countryman Electric Review
BMW Group announced in November 2020 that the third-gen MINI Countryman range will include a MINI Countryman Electric. The company reiterated that the future full-electric versions of the MINI Countryman will be available at the 2021 Annual Press Conference, which was held in March 2021. The BMW Group Plant Leipzig in Germany will be the mother factory for both the next-gen MINI Countryman (and the first-ever MINI Countryman electrical), with a production of the new generation cars starting in 2023. China will likely get both of these cars from Great Wall Motor’s domestic plant through Spotlight Automotive, a joint venture company.
According to Bernd Korber (Head of MINI), the 2023 MINI Countryman will be larger than the second-generation model. The Countryman will be half a segment larger than the second-gen model. Korber stated that the 2023 MINI Countryman would be a member of the BMW X1 (compact or compact) class. The Mk2 Countryman is 169.7 inches long, 71.7 inches wide, 61.3 inches high, and has a 105.1-inch wheelbase. The Countryman will continue to grow as it moves on to the next generation. However, the exterior dimensions of the hatchback will be reduced. This will allow the MINI Paceman electric SUV-coupe, rumored to be the MINI Paceman, to fit into the range.
According to an Autocar report, the next-gen MINI Countryman will be at least 4.5m or 177.2 inches in length. This would be a significant increase of 0.2 meters (7.9 inches) over the Euro-spec model. It will have more legroom, knee room, and possibly more cargo space. The MINI Countryman’s character will be the icing on top. It will look more like an SUV and less like a crossover. Autocar has released a new report that suggests the next-generation Countryman could have 200mm (7.9 inches) more wheelbase than the current model (2670mm or 105.1 inches). The longer distance between the axles could make it easier to store a large battery under the cabin floor, which would increase interior space. Engineers wouldn’t put in a 100 kWh battery pack like the iX because that would increase the cost.
The Countryman EV’s interior could be inspired by the next-gen 3-door Hatch. View on Twitter a spy shot that shows the Countryman EV’s interior. It will feature a small steering wheel with a flattened base, old-school toggle switchgear at the center console, and around, freestanding touchscreen infotainment screen. Because the Countryman is an SUV, it may include some SUV-typical features, such as vertical AC vents.
Platform and Range
The new multi-energy FAAR platform will be the basis of the next-generation MINI Countryman. This platform is an updated version of the current model’s UKL platform. This skateboard is not intended for electric cars, like the Hyundai Ioniq 5, or Mercedes EQS. The MINI Countryman EV is replacing the Countryman plug-in hybrid electric. Auto Express was told by Korber that he doesn’t see the need for PHEVs after the range exceeds 400km (250 miles). The almost-two-year-old Volvo XC40 Recharge has a range of 418km (260 miles*), while the Mercedes EQA, which debuted in January 2021, can travel 426km (265 miles*) on a full charge. The latter will also get a variant that can travel 500+ km (311+ mile)* later in the year. The MINI Countryman Electric should be competitive by achieving a maximum range of around 500km (311 miles*) in range-focused configurations.
The MINI Countryman PHEV is seeing increased sales, which is good news for the MINI Countryman Electric. Electrified vehicles are becoming more popular. BMW Group sold 18,392 Countryman plug-in hybrids (Cooper SE Countryman ALL4) in 2021, a 24.2 percent increase year-over-year. According to the company, almost one-fourth (201) of all Countryman sales came from its plug-in hybrid variant. Germany is the main market for electrified MINI vehicles. Around 31% of all models sold by the brand in Germany were electrified, with more than 10,000 MINI Electric (MINI Cooper SE), and 3,473 Countryman PHEV units sold.
All-Electric System Rumors
MINI is the first brand to go completely electric of all three BMW Group brands. According to the German conglomerate, all MINI models will be powered by electricity starting in the 2030s. In 2025, the company will cease the development of combustion engine models. Even the MINI last combustion engine will be available in an electrified version. MINI will become the first BMW Group brand to go completely electric. MINI is the perfect vehicle for urban mobility and e-mobility. In 2025, we will release the last model with a gasoline-engine version. MINI will become completely electric by the 2030s.
The BMW Group’s E-Mobility Roadmap confirms that the MINI Countryman will be launched in 2023. It won’t be riding on an EV platform like crossovers such as the Megane E-Tech and the Ioniq 5. BMW Group plans to make at least half of its annual sales pure electric by 2030. By 2023, the company will have 13 BEVs in its portfolio. This will allow it to cover approximately 90% of the current market segments. MINI Countryman, an electric SUV from MINI, would be one of the last models to launch. BMW Group’s December 2021 delivery of an iX xDrive40, its one-millionth electrified car, reaffirmed its belief that a new-generation Countryman was in the works. The next-gen Countryman was mentioned by the company among several future electric models. This indicated that the company was specifically referring to the SUV’s electric version. The BMW Group will increase its electrified product range to include fully-electric versions of the BMW 7 Series as well as the BMW X1. In 2023, the high-volume BMW 5 Series will join the electric portfolio. Following the MINI Countryman, the all-electric Rolls Royce Spectre and the successor will be the MINI Countryman.
BMW Group will increase its BEV sales by well over half the level of the current level by 2025. It will also include niche models like the 2025 Mini Convertible electric. It estimates that there will be approximately ten million BEVs sold by the end of the decade.
2023 MINI Countryman Electric Release Date
The new MINI Countryman will be available in 2023. In the second half of next year, the electric version will be in showrooms.