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Spied: Mini Countryman Plug-in Hybrid Caught Winter Testing

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/3/2015 Megan Stewart
Spied: Mini Countryman Plug-in Hybrid Caught Winter Testing

The new Mini Countryman has been caught winter testing, and it sports something never before seen on a Mini. "Hybrid Vehicle" stickers hint at this prototype's electrified nature, and mark a first for the brand.

We're not too surprised to see this prototype out testing on snow-covered roads, as BMW has also been testing a plug-in version of its 2 Series Active Tourer. Since these models share a platform, we expect that there will be some other features shared as well.

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Power will most likely come from a 102-hp electric motor driving the rear wheels, while a 1.5-liter three-cylinder gas engine will power the front. When combined, the two engines are expected to pump out around 240 hp. This setup is said to offer improved traction and weight distribution.

Mini Countryman Plugin Hybrid Spy Shot© Provided by MotorTrend Mini Countryman Plugin Hybrid Spy Shot

While most of the prototype is covered in camouflage, we can see that this model is already slightly larger than the 2015 Mini Countryman , with a longer hood and rear. But that isn't the only thing these spy shots show us. Although we couldn't catch a glimpse of the interior, we have one shot of a non-hybrid Countryman prototype that shows off a revised infotainment system and more.

Check out the photos above to see the new Mini Countryman Plug-in Hybrid Prototype.

Photo Source: CarPix

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