Exclusive studio photos; latest on WRC plans
9 April 2010

Autocar has had exclusive access to the upcoming Mini Countryman, which goes on sale from £16,000 in September.

You can see our exclusive studio photos by following the link below:

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More details of plans to promote the car and Mini in the World Rally Championship have also emerged, with reports in Autocar magazine suggesting a Prodrive-run team could be announced later this month.

Intercontinental Rally Champion Kris Meeke is being strongly linked to a drive with the team, alongside either former Subaru driver Chris Atkinson or double Junior World rally Champion Per-Gunnar Andersson.

Prodrive's sporting director Richard Taylor didn't comment on rumours the team was developing a Mini World Rally Car, and denied the team had signed any drivers.

"We don't have a car to put a driver in yet," he said. "We are always talking to drivers about what they might be doing and what we might be doing. Anyone who has won an international series has got to be worth looking at."

Meeke, who currently drives for the Peugeot UK team in the IRC, said: "I know of the Prodrive-mini rumours and my goal is to get to the WRC, but at the moment I have no other focus that with Peugeot UK and the IRC."

Prodrive ran Britain's only WRC champions, Colin McRae and Richard Burns, to their titles in Subaru Imprezas.

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.

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6 April 2010

This *might* be starting to to grow on me, very, very slightly. Someone take me quietly out in to a green pasture with a 12 gauge and a shovel and do the decent thing... (that interior's still nasty though - worst speedo placement/size ever, apart from all the other minis...)

6 April 2010

It will be pretty cool to see a mini in the WRC.

I wonder who else will join the 1.6 turbo class?

6 April 2010

[quote beachland2]I wonder who else will join the 1.6 turbo class?[/quote]

Maybe the Nissan Juke? It has a 1.6 Turbo, 4wd & torque vectoring system, so it would seem to be every bit as valid a car, if Nissan wanted to enter it

6 April 2010

Who issued those pics? If it was BMW they're eejits. The interior pic showing the centre dial, has a fault message on it- that can't be good advertising

6 April 2010

yes nissan juke, maybe the DS3 too.

6 April 2010

oh and the fiesta.

expect peugeot will be there too.

and a VAG car of some sort.

6 April 2010

[quote beachland2]

oh and the fiesta.

expect peugeot will be there too.

and a VAG car of some sort.

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I doubt Peugeot will be there, not while Citroen are there. Plus they have the 908 HDi FAP Sportscar.

6 April 2010

[quote fuzzybear]Who issued those pics? If it was BMW they're eejits. The interior pic showing the centre dial, has a fault message on it- that can't be good advertising[/quote]

Exactly what i was thinking, surely they could have put a sat nav pic up or something?

6 April 2010

Bit of a dodgy image there what with a 'safety fault' popping up on the centre dial :P. Seriously, though, I think the design is growing on me, though I prefer the standard Cooper version as opposed to this Cooper S - the Cooper somehow looks more chunky, this looks like it's trying a bit too hard to look sporty. It's obviously a more practical car than the Clubman, but it still reminds me of the Smart Forfour for some peculiar reason! :D

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

6 April 2010

[quote rosstopher]

[quote fuzzybear]Who issued those pics? If it was BMW they're eejits. The interior pic showing the centre dial, has a fault message on it- that can't be good advertising[/quote]

Exactly what i was thinking, surely they could have put a sat nav pic up or something?

[/quote]

The only "eejits" I can see are the two posters who have completely missed the point that the fault message has been included to show how in depth the onboard fault diagnositics go on this car.

I take it you two would prefer to just have a single warning light on the dashboard come up with no advice whatsoever to indicate as to whether the car is still safe to drive or not?.

(Ah!, the good old days, when you hadn't bothered to read the owners manual and suddenly, whilst driving, a warning light came on to warn you of impending doom and you had no idea what the light was telling you!, happy days!).

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