Enough hybrid power and practical upgrades to bridge a few continents

The 2018 New York International Auto Show is now in full swing, and MINI is getting in on the action with the debut of a unique new version of the Cooper SE Countryman ALL4. Rocking a select group of updates “specially designed for extremely challenging routes,” it’s a fresh take on mixing electric and gasoline motivation in a stylish British package.

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MINI Countryman Panamericana Plug-In Hybrid Is Ready To Go The Distance Exterior
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Based on the Cooper SE Countryman ALL4, the Panamericana MINI offers a practical five-door body style and upwards of 224 electrically boosted horsepower.

For those of you who may be unaware, the Pan-American Highway is stretch of interconnecting highways running between Alaska and Argentina, spanning an incredible 25,750 km (16,000 miles) in length. The Guinness World Records recognizes it as the world’s longest “motorable road,” offering adventure-lusty drivers a chance to traverse a variety of climates and terrain, including deserts, jungles, and high mountain passes.

The MINI you see here was specifically designed to tackle this treacherous and lengthy route, and MINI is gearing up to send it on a “long-distance tour from North America to Tierra del Fuego.”

MINI Countryman Panamericana Plug-In Hybrid Is Ready To Go The Distance Exterior
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Thanks to the extra electric motivation, this British icon creates upwards of 224 horsepower and lays it down courtesy of extra AWD grip

Based on the Cooper SE Countryman ALL4, the largest Mini model on offer, the Panamericana MINI will offer loads of practicality thanks to the plus-sized five-door body style. It also uses the same underpinnings and oily bits as the standard production model, including the very same plug-in hybrid powertrain as the first-ever electric/gasoline MINI.

Thanks to the extra electric motivation, this British icon creates upwards of 224 horsepower and lays it down courtesy of extra AWD grip. It’s also got 40 km (25 miles) of all-electric driving range in reserve, which should be useful when scooting through urban sections of the route.

As for upgrades, the touring theme includes new lighting, tires with “emergency running characteristics,” a large roof rack mounting a spare wheel up top.

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Mini says a total of three examples of the Panamericana will head down the intercontinental route.

Mini says a total of three examples of the Panamericana will head down the intercontinental route. If that kind of thing piques your interest, MINI will chronicle the journey as it occurs.

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Press release

At the New York International Auto Show (March 30 through April 8, 2018), MINI-style electro mobility will conquer new terrain with the presentation of an exclusive model specially designed for extremely challenging routes. With its underpinnings taken from the brands first plug-in hybrid vehicle, the MINI Countryman Panamericana has been designed for a long-distance tour from North America to Tierra del Fuego, showcasing the power and durability of the brand’s largest model.

Additional headlights, tires with emergency running characteristics and a roof rack for transporting a spare wheel will make the compact five-door fit for a road trip in a class of its own. Based on the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 (fuel consumption combined: 2.3 - 2.1 l / 100 km, combined power consumption: 14.0 - 13.2 kWh / 100 km, combined CO2 emissions from fuel: 52 - 49 g / km), the combined power and versatility of its two engines make it the perfect endurance athlete for the Panamericana adventure.

Three MINI Countryman Panamericana Plug-In Hybrid vehicles will tackle the intercontinental route on the world’s longest north-south road link. They will demonstrate the reliability and long-distance performance of the Plug-In Hybrid drive technology used in the MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4.

The Plug-In Hybrid drive of the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 is an effective contribution to reducing CO2 emissions in road traffic, even beyond urban environments. With a range of up to 40 kilometers, it can reach beyond the city limits and remain fully electric on longer routes. The intelligently coordinated interaction of the electric drive with the combustion engine combines the possibility of local emission-free driving with the freedom of a long range offered by a conventionally powered vehicle.

The Panamericana, also known as Pan-American Highway, Ruta Panamericana or Interamericana depending on the region and language, connects the US state of Alaska with the Argentinean Tierra del Fuego and runs between the northernmost and the southernmost point over a distance of about 25,750 kilometers. In both North and South America, numerous intersections and alternative routes are part of the Panamericana road network, covering a total length of more than 48,000 kilometers. In the border area between Panama and Colombia, a ship passage is necessary to continue the journey, as an originally planned section of about 90 kilometers in length, inter alia, to protect the local rainforest area was not completed. The drive over the historic dream road leads through diverse climatic zones, dense jungle and challenging high mountain passes. In addition to well-developed highways, gravel roads and narrow mountain passages are part of the route network that the three MINI Countryman Panamericana Plug-In Hybrids will have to cope with.

The MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 offers five full-size seats, generous luggage space and numerous comfort features, ensuring an enjoyable drive whatever the terrain. Its two engines generate a combined system output of 165 kW / 224 hp. The precise control of the interaction between the front and rear wheels with the electric motor also ensures intelligent all-wheel drive. From rainy roads to sandy surfaces, gravel tracks or snow-covered mountain passages, the MINI Countryman Panamericana Plug-In Hybrid will tackle them all. Coverage from the journey will be available through the MINI News

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