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World Debut #038; The MINI Countryman (w/Full

We weren#8217;t suppose to be reporting on for another couple of weeks. But due to the of three photos yesterday, has decided to go ahead and release the across the web this morning. instead of just regurgitating all that you#8217;ll surely see on the web (in the form of copy ad pasted releases), we wanted to give you our impressions of the car and some insight what to expect with its release.

One quick note, of legal issues, MINI not be able to use the Countryman name in all We#8217;ll have more on in the coming days.


Exterior design is always And when you#8217;re dealing a brand with so much it can be a herculean task to create a new within the context of a new model But that#8217;s exactly why the Countryman is so

In this vehicle MINI has departed and embraced the visual that they have so crafted over the last 10

The Countryman departs greatly the R50 and 56 with its entirely new design for the new shape accentuates the grille and the of the front the car in all the right ways. such a considerate design in so ways because it allows you to shapes, angles and design around the front of the car that are subtle. So subtle in fact it#8217;s probably unlikely all reveal themselves to you in photos.

But us, they are there.

Around the MINI has established a new side to further show-off this new found height.

As you walk to the you start to see the sculpting that has done to the rear fenders. is a first for MINI and is meant to to the #8220;All4#8243; drive drivetrain is optional for the car. Also a touch is the flare on the lower of the doors.

The 18#8243; wheels on the car (pictured) are wheels for the Cooper S with the package. While we prefer without the silver lip, do work exceptionally well the white body and black And for those wondering, they are not with BMW 5 lug wheels.

MINI has a slightly different fit that not allow for a swap from an X1 to the for instance.

17#8243; wheels be standard in the US (smaller in some with accessory sizes all the way up to 19#8243; and potentially beyond.

back MINI has finished the with simplicity in mind. for the unfortunately faux rear just behind the rear there#8217;s little ornamentation on the Yes that enormous MINI acts as the handle for the hatch like the current BMW Z4 or the VW Golf.

Interior Design

Inside is a blend of R56 interior design some important deviations. The addition is the new center rail we’ll be covering in greater tomorrow. Elsewhere, MINI has a refined version of what we currently and it is certainly not out of the question to some of this new direction in the refresh coming shortly.

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sat in a pre-production version of seats, I can confirm that the bolstering in the bottom seat cushion and back) is decidedly superior to the sport seats in the R56.

Under this MINI#8217;s will be the standard range of with their newly outputs. The Countryman Cooper S “Cooper” in the name probably needed) will have an of 184 hp while the Countryman Cooper make due with 120 hp. By far the best model in the UK and possibly Europe be the new 2.0L diesel engine from the BMW 1 and 3 Series range. HP ratings around the level of the S with loads more

In fact, we believe MINI be marketing that model as a S D. We however do not expect this to be available at the launch. Instead, for the MINI One D and MINI Cooper D to make the initial launch.

the most exciting models be from JCW. The current 208 hp JCW will launch sometime in with a unique body wheels and interior trim. The JCW will be a welcomed addition but the rally version of the Countryman has us excited.

As we previously reported BMW will be this new MINI racing in the of a WRC entry built by famed company Prodrive. From rally car MINI will a limited edition JCW model to push the idea of a sport to the limit. While a tweaked of BMW’s current 1.6L do duty under the hood, we be surprised to see a tuned version of the diesel show up.

Either way we a screamer if it comes to fruition.

will carry over transmission options from the range.

All4, MINI#8217;s all-wheel drive system is one of the advanced of its kind in production. only on the Cooper D and the Cooper S at launch, All4 sends up to 50% of power to the rear wheels. under extreme conditions can send up to 100% to the rear #8211; highly unusual in a on a small crossover.

The suspension is based on the R56 design McPherson spring struts, track control arms, and rear axle. The Countryman will come with DSC and DTC as as an option or as a standard feature on the S and Cooper D with ALL4. ALL equipped Countryman will an electronic limited-slip function for the axle differential.


will be some carry-over the current color range but the Countryman will deviate than any other model by MINI. With manufacturing place by Magna Steyr in the typical concerns of color will not be an issue.

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