2023 Mini Countryman PHEV could pack 322 horsepower

After having seen the 2023 Mini Countryman in spy pictures late final yr, we knew the model recognized for diminutive was going to step up a weight class. A report in Autocar says the hatch will develop by an estimated eight inches or so, to about 178 inches — simply three in need of the Toyota RAV4. The report claims as effectively that not solely will the 2023 Countryman be the longest Mini on the market, however essentially the most highly effective. Phrase is BMW plans to use the identical PHEV powertrain as within the 2 Sequence Lively Tourer, which mixes a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder with a 174-horsepower electrical motor, producing a mixed 322 horsepower and 353 pound-feet of torque. Such efficiency would put the approaching Countryman past right now’s Countryman Cooper SE All4 banging out 221 hp and 284 lb-ft, and 21 ponies previous the Countryman John Cooper Works.

A battery with 14.2 kWh of usable juice, borrowed from the 230e xDrive, would make a wholesome extension to the 18-mile all-electric vary offered by the present Mini’s 9.6-kWh battery. By rising the automobile’s dimensions, Mini may be capable of retain the 9.5-gallon fuel tank in right now’s Countryman PHEV, regardless of the bigger battery.

5 extra powertrains are stated to finish the lineup, three of which could come right here bringing 30 additional ponies over the current decisions. The primary is a much less potent PHEV shall be tuned to 241 hp., which could or won’t make it Stateside. The subsequent two may substitute the engines already supplied right here. There is a 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder with 168-hp, trumping the 134-hp three-cylinder on provide now, and a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder with 215 hp, outdoing the 189-hp in right now’s 2.0-liter. Each of these are aided by a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. Different markets that also get pleasure from diesel grunt can reap the benefits of a 2.0-liter oil burner. And the advanced UKL1 structure shared with the X1 and X2 will produce a battery-electric Mini, which we might count on to get US papers sooner or later.

Spy shooters have caught a prototype fitted with a beefy rear hatch spoiler, massive rims, and quad pipes, so there shall be some sort of efficiency possibility. Nonetheless, we do not know if that prototype was the PHEV, nor whether or not Mini plans to place the JCW moniker on essentially the most highly effective PHEV. With Mini having already introduced adjustments for the US 2023-model-year lineup, it isn’t clear when the brand new technology will debut right here.

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