The new Mini Countryman arrives with a high-performance range-topper

As the brand looks to transition to electric, there’s still room for a high-performance, petrol-powered model

The crossover blends speed and handling benefits with style and desirability. Picture: Bernhard Filser

Mini, as part of its transition to becoming an electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, is having to expand its zero-emission product offerings to more model lines. Prior to this point, the only electric Mini you could get was a short-range version of the Hatch, capable of up to 232 kilometres on a single charge.

Yet while the all-new three-door runaround has already been revealed primarily as an electric-only vehicle – albeit with two petrol variants confirmed ...