The plug-in hybrid Countryman will be using a 322bhp setup from the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

The BMW-owned brand’s next-generation Mini Countryman plug in hybrid will be its most powerful series-production vehicle yet.

The Countryman will share its FAAR-driven front-driven architecture and the all-new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. It will also be produced in Leipzig, Germany alongside the upcoming X1 crossover. It will use the same ranges of petrol and plug in hybrid powertrains. The most powerful of these will be a four wheel-drive PHEV setup with a combined output that is comparable to the Mini JCW GP hot-hatback.

This powertrain will combine a 1.5-litre petrol engine and a 174bhp electrical motor to produce a combined output 322bhp. This is significantly faster than the Countryman Cooper S E All4’s 217bhp Countryman Cooper S E All4. It will have a 14.2kWh (usable), battery that provides it with approximately 55 miles of EV range. This is a nearly-100% increase. A 7.4kWh charger can charge it in just 2.5 hours.

Although it isn’t yet clear if the country’s most powerful Countryman will sport the JCW badge, which was previously reserved for Mini’s performance models (Mini), the brand has confirmed that the nameplate will continue to be used in its electrified product line.

There will be a PHEV with a combined 241bhp and 168bhp three-cylinder and four-cylinder turbo petrol engines of 215bhp each, both with 48V mild hybrid technology and a 2.0-litre diesel.

The Countryman will also be able to choose a pure-electric powertrain option like its BMW X1 sibling. Although not much information is available, the Countryman will be standard with front-wheel drive, just like the combustion-engined car.

Late last year, we got our first glimpse at the new range-topper. Camouflaged test mule was spotted with a quad-exit exhaust and sports alloys.

FAAR will not serve Mini’s long-awaited entry level supermini. This mini, also known as the Minor at this stage, will be built in China under a joint venture between BMW Motors and Great Wall Motors. It will use a platform provided by the former.

The Countryman will be significantly larger than the current car. Early estimates suggest a 200mm increase to allow for more load space and legroom. This will effectively make Mini’s crossover a new segment. It will be able to compete with the bigger RAV4 or Qashqai, as well as rivals like the Toyota CH-R, Nissan Juke, and other cars.

Mini’s sole SUV model, the Countryman, is about to end. The new electric crossover model, built in China by Great Wall Motors and launched in dealerships within a few days of launch will join the Countryman in the showrooms. This is part of the joint venture ‘Spotlight.

The Countryman model will be smaller than that of the Countryman. Therefore, the Mini’s existing car will continue to make up the fourth generation of Minis sold under BMW ownership.