New MINI Countryman breaks cover

MINI has unveiled its latest Countryman, the largest and most versatile member of the range. The new car features aesthetic updates, mechanical upgrades and connectivity improvements while retaining its signature flair and hallmark British style.

A redesigned radiator grille with MINI’s signature hexagonal contours joins with a new bumper design and a revised lower air intake arrangement at the front, while a new rear bumper design and lower valence complete the styling update.

All lighting functions now feature LED technology as standard, and at the front a continuous LED daytime light band doubles up as turn indicators. At the rear, new light graphics trace the outline of a Union Jack motif, forming a distinctly unique identification.

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MINI’s distinctive range of colours is expanded with White Silver and Sage Green metallic joining the mix for the new Countryman. Roof and side mirror caps can now be finished in either body colour, white, black or silver depending on model variant.

A new Piano Black exterior option darkens selected chrome exterior pieces to high-gloss black. Optional adaptive LED lighting is also available.

Depending on the model variant, the new MINI Countryman is fitted as standard with light alloy wheels either 16-inch or 17-inch in size, with wheels up to 19-inches available as optional extras. New wheel designs are also available.

The new MINI Countryman is available with a choice of three TwinPower turbo petrol engines. A high-voltage 9.6kWh lithium-ion battery gives the new plug-in hybrid MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 an enhanced maximum electric range of 55 to 61km.

All power trains are compliant with Euro 6d emissions standards, with the MINI Cooper Countryman to feature a 3-cylinder petrol engine, delivering 100kW of power and 220Nm of torque.

It will travel to 100km/h in 9.7 seconds and offer fuel economy of 5.9-litres/100km. Its Cooper S Countryman sibling sports a 4-cylinder petrol power plant, offering 131kW and 280Nm. It can cover the sprint to 100km/h in 7.5 seconds and burns 6.5-litres/100km.

The star model is the MINI Cooper SE ALL4 Countryman, which combines a 3-cylinder petrol and HV Electric motor for a combined total of 165kW of power and 385Nm of torque.

It’s capable of journeying to 100km/h in 6.8 seconds and offers incredible fuel economy of 2.0-litres/100km.

Upgrades to new engines in the range include a revised exhaust manifold integrated in the cylinder, ensuring highly effective cooling of the exhaust gases and the turbocharging system, as well as increased fuel pressure (in petrol variants) from 200 to 350 bar.

The interior of the MINI Countryman increases its appeal with a new refined surface around the circular control unit in the centre instrument panel.

Intelligently reorganised controls, touch-sensitive bookmark buttons and high-gloss Piano Black surfaces further underscore the car’s premium character.

A new digital instrument display is also available to order, measuring 5.0 inches to display essential information concisely in front of the driver.

MINI Connected features also see an intuitive expansion, from Navigation Plus options restructured on the familiar 8.8-inch infotainment screen to enhanced Intelligent Emergency services, and even Amazon Alexa integration.

The 2021 MINI Countryman will arrive in Australia at the end of 2020, with pricing and specification detail to be announced closer to launch.

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