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BMW’s Mini set to unveil its first ever plug-in hybrid this year

BMW’s British small car brand MINI will soon sell its plug-in hybrid car when the new Countryman arrives in UK showrooms next year. The car maker is set to unveil its new-generation Countryman crossover at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which runs November 18 to 27, 2016.

The hybrid will share much in common with the BMW 225xe Plug-in Hybrid; the cars have been developed alongside each other by parent company BMW and will both offer a range of engines, including a battery-assisted 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine.

The new hybrid Countryman promises ultra-quiet running from the outset, as the vehicle will always start in electric mode. An onboard battery indicator shows remaining power in real time so the driver can switch to the fuel engine as and when needed. In the MAX eDRIVE electric mode, the vehicle promises a top speed of 125km/h (78mph). The plug-in hybrid Countryman should be capable of covering several dozen kilometers in electric mode with no CO2 emissions whatsoever.

The hybrid MINI also has a SAVE BATTERY mode where the combustion engine takes over entirely. This mode can be used to retain the battery’s charge or even charge it via a generator.

Mini is in the final stages of testing before unveiling this new historic model for the brand. The plug-in hybrid version of the Mini Countryman II is due out in 2017. Mini hopes to have a fully electric vehicle on sale by 2020.

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