The Countryman was pegged for Australia as far back as 2016.
Mini has finally locked in local timing for the plug-in hybrid Countryman S E ALL4, with a Q2 2019 arrival confirmed overnight.
This confirmation has taken almost two years since BMW boad member Peter Schwarzenbaur told CarsGuide in LA that the hybrid would reach our shores. The S E ALL4 has been available internationally since mid last year.
In terms of pricing, BMW spokesperson Lenore Fletcher told CarsGuide “That battle is still being fought” and that, as a group, BMW is “determined to make electric options as accessible as possible.”
Hopefully this means it will undercut the $59,900 JCW current top-spec and be closer to the $53,900 S D diesel.
The S E ALL4 will be powered by a combination of a 100kW/220Nm 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo engine driving the front wheels, and a 65kW/160Nm electric motor sending power to the rear. Combined outputs are rated at 165kW/385Nm.
The Countryman S E ALL4 will be more conservatively styled than the all-electric Mini Cooper.
The hybrid Countryman will be able to drive using electric power only at speeds up to 125km/h, with a max range of around 40km.
Similar to BMW’s existing EV range, there will also be the option of a wall-mounted charger to reduce charging time from 3 hours 15 minutes (on a regular power outlet) to 2 hours 15 minutes.
Inside the Countryman S E ALL4 is more or less the same as its combustion counterparts.
S E ALL4 styling is more conventional than the just-teased all-electric Mini Cooper.
The second-generation Countryman has helped to double sales of the Mini SUV in 2018 so the addition of an extra variant should come as no surprise.