Check out Japan’s MINI Crossover Albert Bridge Edition PHEV

Mini uses limited editions more frequently than most other automakers. Japan has introduced a limited-edition “MINI Crossover Albert Bridge Edition PHEV” version of the Countryman SE. The Albert Bridge, which spans the Thames River in London and connects Chelsea and Battersea, is the inspiration for the convoluted name. The Countryman is marketed and sold in Japan under “Crossover”.

Although it may come as a surprise, the iconic Albert Bridge has been the design inspiration for a limited-edition model of the MINI Countryman SE. Although the plug-in hybrid powertrain may seem odd, MINI explains it as a transitional technology between conventional internal combustion engines and fully electric vehicles. The BMW-owned brand has previously stated its intention to sell only electric cars starting in the early 2030s.

The car has a Rooftop Gray exterior with a black roof and black mirror caps, making it a high-specification variant. The 19-inch wheels complement the piano-black exterior features of the Crossover Albert Bridge Edition PHEV. Chester leather in Indigo Blue lines the interior, and velour floor mats and a Nappa leather steering wheel round off the premium materials.

Floating centre caps are standard equipment, and so are body decals on the front doors and a one-of-a-kind door sill decoration. Active cruise control (with stop & go), wireless smartphone charging, a rearview camera, Parking Assist, and other convenience features are standard on the JDM-spec Crossover Albert Bridge Edition PHEV. The next-generation Countryman, scheduled for release in 2023, will not feature a plug-in hybrid variant but a pure electric drivetrain similar to that of the BMW iX1.

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