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A Mini hybrid is a production possibility and insiders have revealed such a model would be of interest for the local market.

Speaking at the recent launch of the Paceman and Countryman JCW models, a Mini source said a hybrid powertrain similar to that seen in the plug-in hybrid BMW Concept Active Tourer (pictured below) and BMW Concept Active Tourer Outdoor could find its way into a Mini.

BMW Active Tourer Concept

“It’s really early days but I guess it’s conceivable, it’s possible,” the source said.

“We’re always interested in what is going and different powertrains are very interesting.

“Obviously there’s a huge emphasis and push and interest from both BMW and Mini at the moment regarding low-emission vehicles.”

When asked if the local arm would be keen on having a hybrid Mini in local showrooms, the source said, “It’s possible, if one were to become available we would be interested.”

2014-mini-cooper

The BMW unit used in both concepts comprises a transversely mounted turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery for 140kW-plus and an all-electric range of up to 30km.

The all-new Mini Cooper – snapped by CarAdvice’s spy photographers earlier this month – has been confirmed for an LA motor show reveal in November, with the 2014 model expected to share a range of 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines with its German owner.