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3 March 2010

This is the Mini Countryman, the newest model in the four-strong Mini line-up.

Official details of the Mini Countryman - which will go on sale in the UK in September from around £17,000 - have now been confirmed by the company.

It will go on sale with the choice of three petrol and two diesel engines, ranging in power from 89bhp in the One D Countryman to 181bhp in the Cooper S Countryman.

For the first time the 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in the top model comes with a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct fuel injection, plus fully variable valve management.

A six-speed manual gearbox is available as standard, but the petrol models are also available with six-speed automatic with BMW's Steptronic system.

Fuel saving tech includes the usual raft of BMW Group measures, including brake energy regeneration, start-stop, a gearshift point indicator, and on-demand management of the engine’s ancillary units.

The front axle has McPherson spring struts and forged track control arms, while the rear axle has a the multi-arm arrangement. Other standard kit includes electric power steering and stability control. Traction control is an option on all but the Cooper S and Cooper D models, which also get an electronic limited-slip function for the front axle differential.

The Countryman is the first model in the Mini range with four doors and the option of 'All4' four-wheel drive and is described by the company as giving a "greater freedom of space for truly versatile use, a slightly elevated seating position, and optimised driving comfort."

The All4 system works via an electrohydraulic differential positioned directly on the final drive, which varies the distribution from front to rear in an infinite process. Under normal driving conditions up to 50 per cent of the engine’s power goes to the rear wheels, but this can switch to up to 100 per cent.

The Countryman comes as standard with four seats, while a three-seat bench is available as a no-cost option. The rear seats move fore and aft either individually or in a 60:40 split and the backrests tilt. Boot capacity ranges from 350 to 1170 litres, according to seat arrangement.

Inside, the car's styling follows current Mini trends such as the over-sized speedo and toggle switches, but includes more storage areas, including a console that extends from the front to the rear of the car.

Standard kit includes air-con and an audio system complete with a CD player. Options will inclide sat-nav, phone systems, a panoramic roof, adaptive headlights,a towbar, alloy wheels from 16 to 19-inches and sports suspension, which lowers the car 10mm.

Mini says the Countryman's styling complements its off-road ability, and that as a result it is a "highly innovative model but is nevertheless clearly identifiable from the very beginning as a genuine Mini."

Mini has also promised to offer buyers its usual array of customisation options.

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Will86 31 January 2010

Re: Mini Countryman - official details

I prefer our Clubman. This will undoubtably sell well, but I think it misses some of the charm of the standard Mini and the Clubman, and unlike most cars, charm is important in a Mini. New interior looks nice though.

bowski 27 January 2010

Re: Mini Countryman - official details

I agree its pretty sad if people spend that kind of money because other people will like it.

I'm all for choice and I'm sure it will sell well. I just hope, nay pray, BMW see sense and put the 4wd chassis under a regular JCW body and give us a Mini that can handle 208/211bhp.

Kev88 23 January 2010

Re: Mini Countryman - official details

I've had a better look at the pictures today. It doesn't get any better!

But one thing I can't get out of my head...... Ford Fusion.


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