The Mini Countryman is the first Mini to come with four doors and a large tailgate, as well as a versatile interior offering space for up to five people
The Mini Countryman is due to go on sale in New Zealand in early 2011.
It is the first model in the Mini range with four doors and a wide-opening rear lid, and provides plenty of space for people and gear with its larger body dimensions, large windows, greater ground clearance and a slightly elevated seating position.
The Countryman is entering the market with a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines.
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, and a gearshift point indicator.
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.
Safety features include front 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. 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.
Read more about the Mini Countryman here, and check out the driving footage above.