Mini Countryman prices will start from £16,000 when the car goes on sale in September.
The Mini Countryman 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.
The Countryman is 398 mm longer than a Mini Hatch (at 4097mm), 316 mm wider (at 1789 mm) and 170mm higher (at 1577mm). The Countryman offers 190 litres more luggage capacity than a Mini Hatch with the seats up (a total of 350 litres) and 1170 litres with the rear seats folded flat.
All UK models will be will be fitted with a rear bench seat as standard (which has a 40:20:40 backrest), although buyers can specify the individual rear seat option at no extra cost.
Standard equipment includes air-con, DAB radio, rear parking sensors, a CAT1 alarm, Dynamic Stability Control, six airbags and tyre puncture warning system.
The ALL4 models will cost an additional £1065 for the Cooper D and £1220 for the Cooper S above the standard front wheel drive Countryman versions.
The ALL4 acts as front wheel drive in most circumstances, but when wheel slip on the front wheels is detected or if the car is being driven enthusiastically an electro-magnetic clutch, located on the rear axle, engages drive to the rear wheels.
BMW says that to ‘enable this imperceptible change to the driven wheels a propeller shaft from the front axle is driven constantly and is ready to direct drive forces from the front axle to the rear in lightning time’. The amount of power fed to the rear wheels is ‘infinitely variable between one per cent and 100, depending upon the driving conditions.’