The new Mini Countryman is the biggest and most versatile model to be launched in the brand’s 57-year history.
With its larger external dimensions, and increases in space throughout the cabin and luggage area, it offers occupants even greater comfort and a genuinely premium ambience. Useful new features such as electric tailgate control with touch-free opening and unique options, including a fold down picnic bench at the rear, add to the ownership experience.
The Countryman’s on and off-road ability is readily apparent throughout its design, which fuses familiar Mini styling with the tough look of a crossover, thanks to the extended ground clearance, large wheel arches and short overhangs.
For the first time Mini is offering a plug-in hybrid model with the new Mini Cooper SE Countryman ALL4. Drawing from expertise gleaned from across the BMW Group, this new hybrid features a turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor, reducing fuel consumption to 134.5mpg yet also enabling a 0-62mph time of just 6.9 seconds.
The rest of the new Mini Countryman line-up is powered by a new range of engines sourced from the latest Mini TwinPower Turbo generation, offering outstanding performance and efficiency. With between 136-192hp and 220-400Nm of torque, the new Mini Countryman can sprint from 0-62mph in as little as 7.2 seconds, while fuel consumption reaches 64.2mpg and CO2 emissions drop as low as 113g/km.
The new Mini Countryman is available with both manual and steptronic gearboxes and with front- and all-wheel drive. The latter, Mini’s ALL4 system, has been further refined for increased driving agility and efficiency.
Reflecting customer demand for high-end features, equipment levels on the new Mini Countryman have been bolstered versus the outgoing model. Additions to the standard equipment list include Mini’s acclaimed satellite navigation system, Bluetooth, cruise control, emergency e-call and active guard among others.
Naturally, being a Mini, there is broad scope for owners to personalise their new Countryman, with extensive colour and trim options, advanced technology features and a range of option packs that offer carefully selected items with significant cost savings for the customer. One such option is a new 8.8” inch touchscreen display as part of the Mini Navigation System XL, offering touchscreen multimedia and navigation control for the first time in a Mini.
First UK deliveries of the new Mini Countryman should be in February 2017. Prices, including those for the plug-in hybrid model will be announced in due course.