Mini Countryman Cooper S E preview: Mini’s first electric hybrid hits the road

By its own management’s admission the Mini brand has overstretched itself. Like a greedy child with eyes bigger than its belly, the once maker of an uber-compact car has seen its range balloon. Now Mini makes a whole host of options, including cabrios, coupes, a little estate, and an SUV.

The last of which is the “Maxi Mini”, better known by its badge as the Mini Countryman, which has been refreshed for 2017 and is now a whopping 20cm longer than the first-generation model (hardly “Mini”, eh?). But that’s not the big take-away for the 2017 Countryman. Because for the first time in the company’s history Mini has introduced a hybrid.

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