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.
“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.
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.”
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.