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Published on April 1st, 2018 | by James Ayre


3 MINI Countryman Panamericana PHEVs To Travel From North America To Tierra Del Fuego

April 1st, 2018 by  

As a showcase for the new MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 plug-in hybrid, a group of 3 modified versions of the model will soon set off on a journey from North America to Tierra del Fuego in South America — traveling along part of the 25,750 kilometers Alaska-to-Argentina Pan-American Highway, according to a new press release.

The Pan-American Highway, also known as Ruta Panamericana and Interamericana, is a road network comprising a journey through various mountain passes, jungles, and different climatic zones — as well as a ship passage from Panama to Columbia.

The new modified MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) were unveiled for the first time at the 2018 New York International Auto Show.

The press release provides more: “With its underpinnings taken from the brand’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle…Additional headlights, tires with emergency running characteristics, and a roof rack for transporting a spare wheel will make the compact 5-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 2 engines make it the perfect endurance athlete for the Panamericana adventure.”

As a comparison here, the consumer version of the MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 PHEV reportedly features an all-electric range of around 40 kilometers (probably less in the real world); a combined system output of 165 kW / 224 horsepower; and effectively similar storage space (as one would guess).


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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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