Coutryman is added to the MINI range
This is the fourth variant in the model family of MINI. The Countryman crossover filled the gap between the classic MINI concept and contemporary SAV. The vehicle features four door and wide-opening tailgate, so it offers more space. The most important innovation is the optional MINI ALL4 AWD system. The MINI Countryman offers exceptional design, quality, handling, efficiency and awesome performance. Furthermore, the vehicle can be individualized to your specific taste.
The exterior is very different from the other vehicles in the line-up. It has larger body dimensions, higher clearance and four side doors with the hallmark features of MINI design. The Countryman provides nice interpretation of classic MINI features, like roof line, hexagonal radiator grille, large headlights set into the bonnet, side indicator surrounds, capacious wheel arches and vertical rear light clusters.
Inside the car is as exclusive as outside. MINI Countryman boasts a lot of new design and functional elements. The seating position is a little higher, which allows easier entry and optimises the driver's view. The Centre Speedo and air vents are bordered by coloured rings. The MINI Centre Rail runs lengthwise through the middle of the interior in place of a conventional centre console and opens up new ways of integrating storage boxes, cup holders, external audio devices, mobile phones and other comfort-enhancing elements just as you want them.
The MINI Countryman comes as standard with four seats and a three-seat bench is available as a no-cost option. The rear seats can be moved forwards and backwards or in a 60:40 split to create additional luggage space. The capacity can be increased from 350 litres to maximum 1 170 litres.
The available engine range includes three petrol and two diesel engines. All they meet the EU5 and ULEV II exhaust emission standards. The output ranges from 90hp in the MINI One D Countryman to 184hp in MINI Cooper S Countryman. The most powerful engine features twin-scroll turbocharger and direct injection.
The vehicle has extraordinary fuel efficiency thanks to Brake Energy Regeneration, the Auto Start/Stop function, Shift Point Display and the need-based operation of ancillary components.
The petrol engines are fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission with Steptronic and standard six-speed manual.
The MINI Cooper S Countryman and MINI Cooper D Countryman can be ordered as an option with MINI ALL4 permanent all-wheel drive. In normal driving conditions up to 50 per cent of the torque is sent to the rear wheels, but in extreme situations as much as 100 per cent can be sent.
The vehicle features the electromechanical power steering system EPS. The Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system comes as standard, too. Available as an option are Dynamic Traction Control (DTC, standard on the MINI Cooper S Countryman and MINI Cooper D Countryman with ALL4) and an electronic locking function for the front axle differential.
The body structure of MINI Countryman is crash-optimized with precisely defined load paths and deformation zones ensures superb passive safety. Standard safety features include front and side airbags, plus side curtain airbags for the front and rear seats, three-point inertia-reel seat belts on all seats, belt tensioners and belt force limiters at the front and ISOFIX child seat attachments in the rear. The special system - Tyre Defect Indicator also comes as standard. The runflat tyres (standard on the MINI Cooper S Countryman with ALL4) are available as an option.
MINI also offers a wide range of interior colours, trim elements and upholstery materials allows individual combinations. Among the standard equipment is the air conditioning and an audio system with CD player. Additionally, the customer can opt for high-quality audio and navigation systems systems as well as mobile phone interfaces with full integration capability for the Apple iPhone or other smartphones. Other options are a large panoramic sunroof, Adaptive Headlights with xenon light, a heated windscreen, a trailer coupling, 16- to 19-inch light-alloy wheels, sports suspension (with the vehicle height lowered by 10 mm) and John Cooper Works performance components.