Not lengthy after our eagle-eyed spy photographers snapped the facelifted MINI Cooper out and about throughout testing in three-door guise, we’ve noticed this: a five-door model of the 2021 MINI Cooper S Plug-In Hybrid.
Whereas the 2020 MINI Cooper SE Electric has been getting all the eye since launching final 12 months, the inclusion of a plug-in hybrid variant within the Cooper S vary ought to broaden its attraction.
On first impressions, this lightly-camouflaged blue prototype could look identical to some other Cooper S however the ‘E-FZG’ word on the windshield confirms it has a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The charging port is just not seen and can seemingly be on the entrance left quarter panel, very similar to it’s on the MINI Countryman S E All4 PHEV.
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Powertrain particulars in regards to the Cooper S Plug-In Hybrid stay unconfirmed. Nevertheless, there’s an excellent probability it’ll get the identical powertrain because the Countryman S E All4 PHEV, which means there will likely be a 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol engine delivering 134 hp and matched to an 87 hp electrical motor that receives its juice from a 7.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. This ends in a complete of 221 hp and 284 lb-ft (385 Nm) of torque; within the Countryman, the electrified powertrain helps the mannequin return 112 MPGe within the U.S. with the usage of the battery.
Visually, the Cooper S Plug-In Hybrid will look just about similar to ICE fashions. This prototype options the identical sporty entrance and rear bumpers as different fashions not too long ago spied, together with black and silver wheels and twin tailpipes. It stays unclear if the Cooper S Plug-In Hybrid will even be offered in three-door guise.