The next generation MINI Countryman is coming and along with it, one radically new electric drivetrain and one familiar ICE variant. MINI will The 2024 MINI Countryman will be offered in several configurations highlighted by an all electric model and a mild-hybrid four cylinder. Built alongside the X1 and X2 in Leipzig German, the next generation 2024 MINI Countryman will also grow larger and will be designed to appear more to outdoor enthusiasts. But today we’re here to talk the new drivetrains and what to expect in the next 18 months.
The ICE 2024 MINI Countryman – More Power and Tech
For the ICE models, MINI is moving 7-speed Steptronic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) and will be offered with a revised family of mild-hybrid four cylinders. The revised B48 engine will have a second-generation 48V mild hybrid technology comprised of an electric motor integrated into the seven-speed double clutch. The transmission will act as a starter generator and is able to both ease the load on the engine and act in unison with it. It produces nominal power of 19 hp and nominal torque of 41 lb-ft. Depending on the driving situation, the electric motor delivers additional drive power that translates into a more rapid response both when pulling away and when putting in a sudden burst of speed. The starter generator also enables more comfortable operation of the Automatic Start/Stop and coasting functions.
Mild Hybrid with Adaptive Recuperation
The system in the next generation Countryman will be the same as the one just launched in the new BMW X1. Based on that we know the energy required for providing the electric power boost is stored in a 48V battery located under the luggage compartment. As well as the electric motor, it also supplies the car’s 12V electrical system via a voltage transformer. The 48V battery is charged by means of adaptive recuperation in overrun and braking phases at a rate of up to 15 kW. This provides an efficient means of recuperating previously unused kinetic energy generated by braking. Here, the system uses data from the navigation system – even when route guidance is not activated – and driver assistance system sensors. In this way, upcoming roundabouts or vehicles traveling in front, for example, can be detected in order to adapt deceleration accordingly as soon as the driver takes their foot off the accelerator. Our sources tell us that the Countryman will use an identical system.
2024 MINI Countryman – Likely Engine Configurations
The 2024 MINI Countryman S will see a major increase in power from the 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit and 48V mild hybrid technology. There are two tunes from the X1 that could be used – 218 hp and a 241 hp. Our guess is that we’ll see the 218 hp tune giving the forthcoming 320 hp JCW more room. The 218 hp would be made up from the 204 hp engine and a 19 hp electric motor.
Having driven a version of the revised engine in our recent BMW X1 test, what you’re struck my immediately is it’s power boost function during acceleration. The peak torque of 265 lb-ft (developed by the combination of the combustion engine with up to 236 lb-ft at 1,500 – 4,000 rpm and the integrated electric motor with up to 41 lb-ft is key here. The US spec X1 28i gets to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds with this system.
The upgraded three-cylinder engine in the new BMW X1 sDrive18i will see duty in the base Countryman. That engine has a maximum output of 136 hp and maximum torque of 170 lb-ft from its 1.5-litre capacity.
The Electric 2024 MINI Countryman SE – An Electric MINI For The Rest of Us
We love the current electric MINI Cooper SE but with an EP rated 110 miles of range its use cases don’t work for everyone. That’s why the 2024 electric MINI Countryman S with over 200 miles of range is a game changer. Based on the new BMW iX1, the electric Countryman SE will be the first all-electric variant for the model.
The 2024 electric Countryman SE will likely be powered by one electric motor at the front axle and another at the rear, each sitting together with the accompanying power electronics and transmission within a single, compact housing. These integrated drive units deliver a combined output of 313 hp (including temporary boost) and post overall torque of 364 lb-ft. The power-to-weight ratio of both the eDrive 5.0 M170SF drive unit at the front axe and the
eDrive 5.0 M170SR drive unit at the rear is 1.5 kW/kg. Yes this thing will be JCW fast and might even be marketed as a JCW.
The same system found in the slightly heavier BMW iX1 xDrive30 reaches the 100 km/h (62 mph) mark from rest in 5.6 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 112 mph.
The MINI Countryman SE will make use of the fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology charging technology and the battery tech providing 64.7 kWh of usable energy. The battery’s high energy density of 152 Wh/kg in relation to its weight or 199 Wh/l in relation to its volume, and the drive system’s efficiency, with combined electric power consumption in the WLTP cycle of 18.1 – 16.8 kWh per 100 kilometres (figures in NEDC cycle: –), form the basis for a range of 417 – 440 kilometres (259 – 273 miles). The EPA figures are all guesses at this point but sources are telling us to expect something over 200 miles.
Assuming the Countryman SE uses the Combined Charging Unit in the BMW iX1 xDrive30, we should see single- and three-phase AC charging at a rate of up to 11 kW, which can be optionally increased to up to 22 kW (three-phase AC). This allows the high-voltage battery to be fully recharged from empty in 6.5 hours as standard and in just 3 hours 45 minutes as an option. DC power can be taken on board at a rate of up to 130 kW, making it possible to boost the high-voltage battery’s energy reserves from 10 to 80 per cent of total capacity in the space of 29 minutes. Within this charge level range, enough energy can be sourced from a high-power-charging point in just ten minutes to increase range by 120 kilometres / 75 miles.
2024 MINI Countryman Launch Dates
We should see the 2024 Countryman launch in late 2023. Rumors point to the ICE and electric version launching simultaneously with sales in the US beginning in the spring of 2024. Pricing will be launch likely in Q1 of 2024 for the US market.
Head over to the U25 Countryman section within MotoringFile for a deeper look at this new MINI.