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.