Mini Aus­tralia goes elec­tric

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Motoring -

Mini Aus­tralia has of­fi­cially added the S E All4 plug-in hy­brid to its Coun­try­man small SUV line-up af­ter a two-anda-half-year wait, with the new model priced from $57,200 plus on-road costs.

Slot­ting be­tween the Coun­try­man’s $54,200 Cooper SD All4 and $59,900 JCW All4 vari­ants, the S E All4 is Mini Aus­tralia’s first elec­tric ve­hi­cle.

The S E All4 com­bines a 100kw/220nm 1.5-litre turbo-petrol three-cylin­der en­gine (from the Coun­try­man Cooper) with a 65kw/165nm syn­chro­nous elec­tric motor for com­bined out­puts of 165kw/385nm.

The for­mer – via a six-speed torque­con­verter au­to­matic trans­mis­sion – and lat­ter send drive to the front and rear wheels re­spec­tively for All4 all­wheel-drive trac­tion.

As a re­sult, the S E All4 can sprint from stand­still to 100kmh in 6.9 sec­onds – the same mark that the Coun­try­man Cooper S achieves.

A 7.6kwh lithium-ion bat­tery pack pro­vides 40km of pure-elec­tric driv­ing range on the NEDC cy­cle and is cov­ered by a six-year-100,000km war­ranty.

The rest of the ve­hi­cle falls un­der Mini Aus­tralia’s three-year-un­lim­it­ed­kilo­me­tre term.

Claimed fuel con­sump­tion and car­bon

diox­ide emis­sions on the NEDC com­bined cy­cle test are only 2.1 litres per 100 kilo­me­tres and 49 grams per kilo­me­tre re­spec­tively.

While a full charge takes 3.25 hours us­ing a do­mes­tic power out­let, the time needed drops to 2.25 hours if a Mini Wall­box is used.

Three e-drive driv­ing modes al­low the driver to change the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the petrol en­gine and elec­tric motor while on the move. Auto e-drive, the de­fault mode, sees the elec­tric motor drive the S E All4 up to speeds of 80kmh, at which point the petrol en­gine also kicks in.

Switch­ing to Max e-drive changes the lat­ter’s en­gage­ment point to 125kmh.

The petrol en­gine starts up sooner if more rapid ac­cel­er­a­tion is re­quired or the bat­tery pack’s charge drops be­low seven per cent. Al­ter­na­tively, Save Bat­tery uses re­gen­er­a­tive brak­ing to charge the bat­tery pack to 90 per­cent and main­tain that ca­pac­ity un­til a dif­fer­ent mode is se­lected.

Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes sil­ver 18-inch al­loy wheels, LED head­lights, heated side mir­rors with Mini pud­dle lights, Satin Sil­ver roof rails and side skirts, and a power-op­er­ated tail­gate.

The in­te­rior in­cludes an 8.8-inch touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, Blue­tooth, DAB+ dig­i­tal ra­dio, a six-speaker sound sys­tem, wire­less smartphone charg­ing, two USB ports, key­less en­try and start, sports steer­ing wheel and front seats, Car­bon Black leather-ap­pointed up­hol­stery and velour floor­mats, a Satel­lite Grey head­liner, Hazy Grey trim and LED am­bi­ent light­ing fea­ture.

Ad­vanced driver-as­sist sys­tems ex­tend to au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing with pedes­trian de­tec­tion, adap­tive cruise con­trol with stop and go func­tion­al­ity, speed limit recog­ni­tion, a re­vers­ing cam­era, and front and rear park­ing sen­sors.

De­spite the ex­tra hard­ware added to its rear, the S E All4 of­fers 405L of cargo ca­pac­ity with its 40-20-40 split-fold sec­ond-row seats up­right, or 1275L with them stowed.

“The Mini Coun­try­man plug-in hy­brid is the first step in what will be an ex­cit­ing jour­ney into the world of Mini fu­ture mo­bil­ity,” Mini Aus­tralia gen­eral man­ager Brett Waudby said.

“With per­for­mance on-par to the fa­mous Coun­try­man Cooper S but even greater ef­fi­ciency, thanks to its plugin hy­brid driv­e­train, the Coun­try­man plug-in hy­brid of­fers ex­cep­tional all­round per­for­mance, ver­sa­til­ity and econ­omy.”

The new Mini S E All4 plug-in hy­brid

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