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MINI Countryman

The MINI Countryman Makes a Move Toward Electric

Get ready for this plug-in power play. The world’s quirkiest ride is also driving in the fast lane of electric operation. The MINI Countryman now offers all-electric capability in the brand’s most versatile and roomy iteration yet.

The Cooper SE Countryman ALL4: “Emotionally Charged”

Since its inception, MINI has been eco- and fuel-conscious. Conceived during an energy crisis, its compact size and distinctive bulldog stance was born of necessity. Engineers innovated a solution to fit four people comfortably, while sipping – not guzzling – expensive, rationed gas.

Today, the brand recognizes the need to charge ahead into the electric genre. This MINI Countryman boasts a TwinPower Turbo engine paired with a gutsy lithium-ion battery and all-wheel drive for go-get-’em power. Turn your commute into an adventure – and your adventures into epic journeys.

Room to Roam

With room for five and generous storage space, the MINI Countryman offers more front and rear head room, more storage and more rear legroom than the Audi Q3 and Mercedes GLA250. So stretch out and enjoy the ride!

You also have more road to roam. This vehicle is nothing if not flexible: you can opt for gas-mode, hybrid-mode or all-electric mode to maximize performance, fuel economy and fun. Use virtually any standard outlet to charge up. If you forget? No problem. The MINI Countryman’s got you, baby! And it’s got you for 65 MPGe with an overall driving range of 270 miles and 12 all-electric (EPA estimated).

You’ll see 221 horses of combined system power, 284 ft-lbs of torque and a 6.7-second 0-60 mph. Not too shabby. Expect all that with the characteristic MINI handling and zip we know and love so well.

This beloved brand packs in a bunch of usable tech too: take advantage of rear view camera, rear park distance control, the MINI Connected infotainment system, Comfort Access and hands-free rear door features.

Visit Braman to ask about MINI lease specials so you can explore this innovative car – and all the possibilities it opens up for you.

Electric MINI Cooper

The New MINI E Starting Production in November 2019

Next November, you have more to look forward to than just digging into turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie (though, yes, definitely look forward to that too… and cranberry sauce… gotta have cranberry sauce). Everyone’s favorite fun and zippy brand is set to start production of the MINI E in late fall 2019. What do we know about this electric MINI Cooper so far?

Not a lot… but just enough! MINI loves to keep drivers on their toes – so it’s no surprise that the brand is ramping up anticipation by holding details close to the vest. Spy cams have caught this electric MINI Cooper during its extensive testing phase, but it’s been effectively camouflage. Oh, MINI: you’re killing us!

i3 Lessons

What we do expect is that this electric MINI Cooper will learn from, and improve upon, the BMW i3. Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW Board Member (MINI is under the BMW Group umbrella), says, “[The MINI E] carries a lot over from the i3. We have learned a lot about electromobility, which is why we say that we’re entering the second phase. Everything learned from i3 will be applied to MINI’s EVs.”

MINI is tailor-made for electric capability. Small, lightweight, gutsy and agile already, the next iteration will undoubtedly be completely on-brand. Expect it to be 100% MINI – which means a joy to drive and a cheap date at the gas pump. Torque and responsiveness, with the vehicle’s low center of gravity, will help it “stick to the ground” better than ever before.

The New Electric MINI Cooper: It’s so MINI

Most telling is, perhaps, this statement from brand boss Sebastian Mackensen: “We always joke and say if Issigonis [the engineer behind the original MINI] would invent the MINI today, it would definitely be an electric car. It is the answer to current challenges, as the original MINI was in 1959.”

Production should begin in November 2019 with a release date in 2020, giving you plenty of time to devour your Thanksgiving feast (and recover) before you visit your trusted electric MINI E dealer to test drive this efficient beauty.

My MINI Campaign

The My MINI Campaign

This MINI is mine – get your own! Everyone loves this quirky brand, and your favorite South Florida MINI dealership asked real customers to create videos explaining why they love their MINIs so much. Best of all: when you vote for your favorite My MINI campaign video, you can win a trip to the iHeart Country Music Festival in Austin or the iHeart Radio Wango Tango in Los Angeles.

Annie and Shaun, Katherine, and Olivia showed off their TV star sides with clever, fun videos as part of Braman’s My MINI campaign. Liv lives in her MINI and loves to pile her friends and all their fitness gear in to hit the yoga studio. Katherine heads to the beach with her dog (with plenty of room for Ava’s dog bed in the back) for some fun and sun; Shaun and Annie have his-and-hers MINIs, perfect for loading up all their canvases and attending art shows.

You can vote for your favorite My MINI campaign video (hurry – voting ends April 5 at midnight). The winning video star from the My MINI campaign will choose an iHeart trip for a chance to go to either Austin or Los Angeles. When you vote, you are automatically entered to win the remaining trip.

Imagine: round-trip airfare for two, hotel accommodations for two nights, and of course, two concert tickets for the show of a lifetime.

At Braman, we love MINIs – and we love our customers just as much! Take advantage of this fun, no-catch contest. You don’t have to buy or lease a MINI to win. But, why not! We have excellent deals on these gorgeous, zippy cars. Visit South Florida’s premier MINI dealership to discover why this brand captures the hearts and imaginations of so many people.

The MINI Cooper S

The New MINI Cooper S Boasts 54.3 mpg

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That’s good advice to follow most of the time, but you need to know when to go your own road. The new MINI Cooper S is a shining example of this. The beautiful exterior is updated, but not overhauled. That’s good – MINIs have a look that just works. They turn heads and incite broad smiles. Here’s something to make that smile even bigger.

 

Under-the-Hood Overhaul On The MINI Cooper S

MINI decided that they could improve what’s under the hood to give the new MINI Cooper S a dynamite update. This was started with some smart weight reduction. Not only does this boost mileage, it also helps give the car a new handling profile. It feels more nimble, more aggressive.

To accommodate this new profile, there’s a new twin-clutch transmission. It’s mapped perfectly and shifts are smooth as butter, opening up the next gear before closing the last one. This gives the MINI Cooper more response. There’s no lag as the car shifts from gear to gear. You shift, it responds.

 

Improvements in Performance On New MINI’s

The combination of weight reduction and improved transmission make this iteration feel very different. It’s suddenly a much more agile car than you expect. With advances in torque and a lightening of the engine through carbon fiber-reinforced plastic covers, there’s a great deal of thought put into fine-tuning the dynamic of the car under the hood.

Now, we’ve talked about how this improved handling and performance, but one of the biggest improvements rests in the mileage. It’s at a firm 54.3 mpg. That saves you a lot of money while still giving you a dynamic, eye-catching vehicle.

Look at MINI lease specials in South Florida. You can experience the thrill – while saving on purchase costs and filling up the gas tank. What more could you ask for!

Test drive a new MINI at Braman MINI Of Palm Beach

2019 MINI Cooper | Braman MINI

2019 MINI Cooper 4 Door Head and Tail Light Designs

Auto manufacturers often go to great lengths to keep updates and changes under wraps until they can plan a big reveal. And, it naturally follows, auto aficionados go to equally great lengths to uncover new additions and interactions. This is why we have some early intel on the 2019 MINI Cooper 4-Door model – its head and tail lights anyway!

 

What’s New?

2019 won’t bring a complete refresh of the beloved 4-door, but spy photographers caught some covert snaps of the MINI in Germany that appear to show changes to the head and tail lights.

 

While well-camouflaged, it seems that the shape of the lights is at least slightly different and that the Cooper may be utilizing the same type of design as featured in the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept. What’s certain is there is some difference in the vertical aspect of the design. They’re not the exact same round bubbly lights seen on the current model.

 

Likewise, the headlights seem different to the 2018 model, and again, they may be modeled on those from the JCW GP Concept.

 

These may seem like minor changes, and in the grand scheme, they are! But because the MINI is so beloved, any aesthetic update can create anticipation in fans. Again, though, nothing major will change with the 2019 MINI Cooper 4-Door as the brand is still rocking this generation. Count on the spy photogs to give us a sneak peek when the time comes for a big update!

 

You don’t need to covert about your desire for one of these beautiful vehicles! Just stop by your Braman MINI dealership and ask about a test drive. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.

2018 MINI Cooper Countryman Review

2018 MINI Cooper Countryman

New Year’s resolution: live life to the fullest. You can start by driving to the fullest! If you’re tired of stale rides and endless commutes, it is time to inject some fun back into the road. And we have just the set of wheels for you. 2018 MINI Cooper Countryman Review:

A Quick MINI Countryman Review

MINI roared its way into our hearts with the retro-funk aesthetic and zippy handling. The Countryman retains these beloved characteristics while offering an SUV-style experience. The Countryman is available in several options: Cooper, Cooper S, Cooper ALL4, Cooper S ALL4, John Cooper Works ALL4, and Cooper S E ALL4. Since 2018 brings two new models to the family, let’s take a look at the John Cooper Works and the Countryman S E.

The former is a sporty performer with a turbocharged four-cylinder capable of churning out 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It powers from zero to 60 in 6.2 seconds. The latter is a hybrid that combines a turbocharged three-cylinder with a synchronous electric motor for an output of 221 horses and 284 lb-ft of torque. It just about equals the JCW with a zero to 60 acceleration of 6.7 seconds. And with 65 MPGe, the S E is a spunky a go-getter.

Benefits of 2018 MINI Countryman

The Countryman offers the spirit of the MINI in a more spacious package; you can comfortably fit two adults in the back, opening up the possibilities for more adventures. You can also feel more confident that you’ll get where you want to go – as a subcompact SUV with available all wheel drive, you can take the road less traveled.

 

Visit Braman MINI to learn more about the MINI Countryman and get behind the wheel for a test drive. This is one New Year’s resolution you’ll love keeping.

Mini Countryman Hybrids

Reviewing The MINI Countryman Hybrids

What Mini Countryman Hybrids Are Available?

You love the MINI. You love the price; you love the style; you love how you feel driving it. But you’re trying to go green and you want a vehicle that doesn’t rely exclusively on fossil fuels. Let’s welcome the MINI Cooper hybrids! The quirky brand has decided to add hybrids to their menu, and let’s just say that we’re ready to feast! After all, how can we not be excited about something that looks exactly like all of the MINI Coopers we’ve come to love in an even more efficient package?

When it comes to the MINI Cooper hybrids, you’re looking at a vehicle that looks ultra-compact but has a surprising amount of space inside. It’s perfect for single people, couples, or anyone looking for a great ride with plenty of personality.  

With their hybrids, MINI went funky, and they went really funky. The hybrid gets a combined 65 MPGe thanks to a 7.6-kWh battery coupled with a 1.5 liter 3-cylinder twin turbo engine. Together, they crank out a combined 134 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque.

The six speed automatic transmission comes standard, and there are a ton of add-ons and extras that you can get to fully customize your MINI. You also get three different driving modes: Max eDrive, Auto eDrive and Save battery mode. If you’re looking to save the environment, and you love a funky look, the new MINI Cooper hybrids will definitely fire up your engines.

You love the MINI. You love the price; you love the style; you love how you feel driving it. You love MINI’s legendary efficiency. And you are going to love an even lighter carbon footprint and less time and money spent at the pump.

Find the right MINI hybrid for you at your local MINI Dealership.

2018 MINI Clubman John Cooper Works Review

MINI Clubman John Cooper Works Review

Reviewing the 2018 MINI Clubman John Cooper Works

Looking to get your hands on one of the most powerful Mini Coopers of all time? Say “hello” to the 2018 Mini Clubman John Cooper Works Countryman. It packs a major MINI punch.

Thanks to a 2.0 liter turbocharged 1-4, this 2018 MINI Clubman churns out a more-than-respectable 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. You’ll get plenty of zip out of this muscular model; it can hit 0-60 in 6.2 seconds, which is .4 seconds faster than the first generation version of the vehicle!

And don’t worry: the John Cooper Works Clubman can handle itself. It features standard all wheel drive and six speed manual to ensure you are in complete control of every mile of your experience. An eight speed automatic transmission is available as well, and it’s every bit as fun.

There are a lot of other upgrades to discover when you visit your local MINI Cooper dealership, including the “active engine speed adaptation”. Sounds sexy – but what does it mean? The car has an automatic downshift rev-matching that comes standard. When you downshift, that “whirring” sound your engine makes? This process stops that from happening and not only is a less jarring experience, it’s much better on your engine as well.

The 2018 Mini Clubman also has a few other performance upgrades, including the aero kit, a stiffer suspension, torque vectoring, and Brembo brakes. You’ll also find plenty of tech and luxury-oriented elements inside the vehicle as well. LED headlights, a panoramic moonroof, a keyless entry, and parking sensors all come standard with MINI. You can also opt to add features like driver assistance tech (including forward collision avoidance), active cruise control, navigation and a very cool heads up display.

Does the John Works live up to its name? More than! Come see for yourself at Braman MINI of Palm Beach.

Express Yourself in the New MINI Convertible

New MINI Convertibles

We live in a world where everything is customized. From individually hand-crafted items on Etsy to the concept of “mass customization,” consumers today expect the products they want, the way they want. You can trust the quirkiest brand in the world to deliver! The new MINI Convertible is a canvas: paint your picture!

Color is one of the biggest ways that you can express yourself with the new MINI Convertible. And you’ve got a full palette from which to choose! Three different types of silver, a few blacks, and some of the most vibrant blue colors you’ve ever seen (the Caribbean Aqua is one of our favorites!).

 

With the MINI convertible, you can also customize virtually every feature from boot to bonnet. Speaking of bonnet: add the white bonnet stripes that lend that special MINI zip. You can choose the type and size wheels you want, and then there’s the interior: Want leather seats? No problem! Prefer to have a piano black surface on the dash? That can be arranged!

 

And if you’re just as worried about how your MINI works as you are how it looks, you can control that too! Change the standard 6 speed manual transmission to an automatic or boost the power with a 1.5L TwinPower Turbocharged engine. You can even upgrade your alarm system and your stereo. If you want it, it’s possible with the new MINI Convertible.

 

Even “standard” MINIs offer the chance for customization. You can drive this convertible, for example, in your choice of driving modes: Sport, Green, or Mid. Then there’s the eternal question: top up or top down? MINI throws in another option: both. The 3 in 1 roof acts as a panoramic sunroof.

Stop by Braman to inquire about MINI lease specials. We hear a convertible calling your name!