MINI is understood to play the particular version card fairly a bit extra typically than different automakers and this newest instance comes from Japan. The Countryman SE is now being supplied within the Land of the Rising Solar as a limited-run “MINI Crossover Albert Bridge Version PHEV.” The difficult identify is a nod to the Albert Bridge, which spans the River Thames in London and connects Chelsea to Battersea. As to why it’s known as “Crossover,” that’s how the Countryman is offered in Japan.
Albert Bridge is actually one of many metropolis’s most well-known landmarks, and quite surprisingly, it has served as inspiration for a particular model of the Countryman SE. Whereas the choice for the identify might sound unusual at first, MINI explains the plug-in hybrid powertrain serves as a bridge from present vehicles with combustion engines to pure EVs. As a refresher, the BMW-owned marque has already introduced plans to completely promote electrical vehicles from the early 2030s.
As for the automotive itself, it’s basically a high-specification model with a Rooftop Grey paint mixed with a black roof and facet mirror caps. The Crossover Albert Bridge Version PHEV sits on 19-inch wheels and has an assortment of piano black exterior accents. Inside, MINI makes use of Chester leather-based in Indigo Blue, together with velour flooring mats and a Nappa leather-based steering wheel.
Miscellaneous upgrades embody the floating heart caps included as commonplace tools, physique decals on the entrance doorways, and distinctive door sill ornament. The JDM-spec Crossover Albert Bridge Version PHEV comes with energetic cruise management (with cease & go), wi-fi charging in your smartphone, a rearview digicam, Parking Help, and numerous driving aids.
MINI is already accepting orders in Japan and can kick off deliveries subsequent month. The electrified crossover prices ¥ 5,590,000, which works out to about $38,800 at present alternate charges.
It’s price mentioning the second-generation Countryman due in 2023 will eschew the PHEV model to supply a pure EV drivetrain associated to the BMW iX1.