MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4, plug-in hybrid drive in practice
The hybrid drive installed in the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 largely resembles that of the BMW i8, with the difference that the futuristic coupe (or now also the roadster) BMW uses more powerful variants of both the internal combustion engine and electric, and most importantly: in the BMW i8 it is the gasoline unit that drives the rear wheels and the electric one that drives the front axle. In MINI, the system is analogous to Volvo Plug-In hybrids: the batteries are hidden in a central tunnel, and there is no mechanical (in the sense: e.g. drive shaft) connection between the internal combustion engine located at the front and an electric motor attached to the rear axle. Thus, in purely electric mode, MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is a rear-wheel drive car, while when using only a front-wheel internal combustion engine.
The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 from the outside does not really differ from e.g. the Cooper S Countryman. The same sporting accents, same style. Even an additional flap to connect the external power source has been hidden under an almost stylistically identical curtain at the left-front wheel arch. The interior is also very similar and yellow accents (instead of red ones) may arouse "suspicion" – e.g. a switch to start the engine or the next one next to it, with which we change the modes of hybrid drive. In the "regular" version, it is used to control the Start-Stop system. And tachometer … which is not in Cooper S E. In its place is the energy indicator.