This move comes after the brand shifted production out of the UK due to Brexit, and the new model will be produced exclusively in Germany.
The Countryman will be built on the same line as the BMW 1 Series, 2 Gran Coupe, and 2 Active Tourer, and will feature a flat high-voltage battery and flat floor that provides additional space and comfort. Mini has released several camouflage photos of the new model, which indicate minimal design differences between the electric and combustion versions.
Rumors suggest that the new electric Countryman will feature the same powertrain as the BMW iX1, with a 64.7kWh battery and two electric motors delivering 308 horsepower. BMW plans to produce the high-voltage batteries at the Leipzig factory, with a local investment of more than 800 million euros in electronic component production.
This new generation of the Countryman marks the beginning of Mini’s transition to becoming a fully electric brand by 2030.