MINI developing all-wheel drive (AWD) hybrid version of the Cooper

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 29, 2011

According to the latest spy shots it appears that MINI is currently working on an all-wheel drive hybrid version of the popular Cooper. As you may know already, Bmw recently ended the MINI E testing in the United Kingdom, which means that the manufacturer has enough data to begin building a hybrid version of the MINI Cooper.

Unfortunately, there is no data regarding technical specs of the car but one thing is for sure: a hybrid version of the MINI Countryman will hit the streets.

The bad news is that the hybrid version of the MINI Cooper will be available only when the next-generation will hit the market, somewhere in 2013, according to Autoblog. In Europe, the Countryman is offered in One, D (for diesel), Cooper, and Cooper S variants, with the Cooper D and Cooper S getting optional ALL4 all-wheel drive.

As expected, the all-wheel drive version is heavier than the standard versions and due to this, the new MINI Cooper AWD Hybrid will receive a more powerful engine.

MINI might choose the powerful 1.6-liter found on the Cooper S and capable to deliver an impressive 184 hp. Moreover, do expect to see some ‘green’ systems, such as the Brake Energy Regeneration, Auto Start Stop, a gearshift point indicator, and on-demand management of the engine's ancillary units.

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