Mini is adding a fourth model to the family, bridging the gap between the classic concept of the Mini and a modern Sports Activity Vehicle
After being teased earlier this week, the Mini Countryman (the name may vary in some markets) has been officially revealed by BMW Mini. It is expected in New Zealand in the first quarter of 2011.
As the first model in the Mini range with four doors and a wide-opening rear lid, the Countryman provides plenty of space with its larger body dimensions, large windows, greater ground clearance and a slightly elevated seating position.
At the same time the Countryman re-interprets the characteristic icons of a Mini, such as the roofline, the hexagon radiator grille, the large headlights integrated in the engine lid, the voluminous wheel arches and the upright rear light clusters in a new style.
The Countryman is entering the market with a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines, all complying with the EU5 and ULEV II emission standards.
The power range extends from 66kW/90hp in the Mini One D Countryman up to 135kW/184hp in the Cooper S Countryman.
The 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in the top model comes for the first time with a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct fuel injection, and fully variable valve management.
Fuel saving features include Brake Energy Regeneration, Auto Start Stop, a gearshift point indicator, and on-demand management of the engine’s ancillary units.
And as an alternative to the six-speed manual gearbox featured as standard, the petrol engine models are also available with six-speed automatic complete with Steptronic.
As an option the Mini Cooper S Countryman and Cooper D Countryman are available with permanent MINI ALL4 all-wheel drive.
Inside the Countryman boasts innovative design and function elements, such as the Mini Center Rail that extends from front to rear, offering all kinds of storage options for cups, external audio devices, mobile telephones etc.
As well as the standard four seats, 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 (three-seat bench) split, the backrests may be tilted, increasing capacity in the luggage compartment from 350 to 1170 litres.
The Countryman comes as standard with DSC Dynamic Stability Control, DTC Dynamic Traction Control coming either as an option or as a standard feature on the Cooper S Countryman and the Cooper D Countryman with ALL4, as well as an electronic limited-slip function for the front axle differential.
Safety features include frontal and side airbags as well as curtain airbags at the side both front and rear, three-point inertia-reel seat belts on all seats, belt latch tensioners and belt force limiters at the front, as well as ISOFIX child seat fastenings at the rear as standard. Another standard feature is the Tyre Defect Indicator, with runflat tyres.
A wide range of customisation options are available, such as interior colours, trim strips and upholstery, plus high-end audio and navigation systems, the extra-large Panorama roof, Adaptive Headlights, a heated windscreen, a towbar, light-alloy wheels ranging in size from 16 to 19 inches, sports suspension, as well as the wide range of John Cooper Works Performance Components.