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Mini is planning to expand its range of models with a pair of new electric crossovers as the brand broadens its battery-powered range.

Mini already offers its Countryman with a plug-in hybrid powertrain and its three-door Hatch as an EV (the Mini Electric), but will soon be introducing a pair of new battery-powered crossovers as it looks to extend its range.

Fitting in with its new ‘Power of Choice’ slogan, which aims to give buyers the choice of EVs, hybrids and also conventional petrol and diesel cars, Mini will introduce a new electric crossover. This will be sold exclusively as an EV, meanwhile the next-generation Countryman will continue on with hybrid and combustion powertrains.

A more compact crossover will also be introduced, which is expected to be available with electric, petrol and diesel – just like the standard Mini Hatch.

Bernd Körber, head of Mini, said: “We are pursuing the Power of Choice approach followed by the BMW Group through our broad range of advanced petrol and diesel engines, the plug-in hybrid system and all-electric drive, in order to meet the needs and aspirations of our customers throughout the world.

Mini has been looking to expand its range for some time, with the firm currently only selling its Hatch, Convertible, Clubman and Countryman. However, after an unsuccessful product expansion earlier this decade – which included the short-lived Paceman crossover (essentially a three-door Countryman) along with a Coupe and Roadster – the firm has been slow to announce plans.

Ted Welford

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October 28, 2020

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