The new MINI Countryman – soon to be on sale at Braman MINI of Palm Beach — had its world premier at this week’s New York International Auto Show. The latest version of the first MINI with four doors, a large tailgate, five seats and optional all-wheel drive system ALL4 features fresh design as well as additional standard and optional equipment in the interior.
Changes include distinctive proportions and dimensions, increased ground clearance and an interior which is both spacious and variable. Modifications in the area of exterior design include a new structure of the hexagonal radiator grill, striking underride guard elements for the MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4, additional exterior paint finishes and the optional Exterior Piano Black. There are also enhancements in acoustic comfort, athletic flair and premium interior characteristics. Additional accents are provided by weight-optimized light alloy wheels and LED fog lights including parking and daytime driving lights in LED technology.
In the US, the MINI Countryman will be available with two engine variants, as well as the sports-oriented MINI John Cooper Works Countryman. The all-wheel drive system ALL4 specially developed for MINI is optionally available for the MINI Cooper S Countryman. It comes as standard with the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman.
In all four seats there is a tangible increase in freedom of movement, while the luggage compartment has been expanded by around 30 percent. Newly developed engines increase both the driving fun and the efficiency of the new MINI and transmission choices include a standard 6-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic. The car’s characteristic go-kart feeling is now enhanced with optimized ride comfort, with adjustable dampers being offered as an optional extra for the first time.
A new display and operating concept, innovative driver assistance systems and the latest MINI Connected features also allow even more intensive interaction between driver and MINI. And the new MINI is the first automobile in its class to be fitted with LED headlamps and a Head-Up Display. There will be a choice of the models MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S at the market launch in the USA.