MINI has announced an all-electric Countryman for 2024! Production at BMW Group Plant Leipzig will start in November 2023, marking the first time a MINI model is produced in Germany.
The latest Countryman will come in two fully electric flavors: E and SE ALL4. The E offers a front-wheel drive powertrain with 191 horses on tap, while the SE takes up a notch with “two highly integrated drive units on the front and rear axles, generating an output of 313 horsepower,” per MINI. With a battery capacity of 64.7 kWh, the SE will have an estimated range of 280 miles.
MINI’s environmental friendliness doesn’t stop with the drivetrain. The wheels are cast from 70-percent secondary aluminum—all those soda cans have to go somewhere, right? MINI adds, “The surfaces of the dashboards, steering wheel, vehicle headliner and floor, and floor mats are made of recycled polyester obtained from PET bottles and carpet remnants. This high-quality, colorful, and comfortable alternative to traditional materials reduces CO2 emissions along the value chain by up to 85 percent.”
We’re excited for the 2024 Countryman to lose its camouflage wrap, unveiling its new body design that has grown over five inches in length and two inches in height. This all-electric five-door go-kart is sure to further charge the market for fun, small-to-midsize EVs. —Mike Bevels
[Photos courtesy of MINI.]