Mini drops first official images of Countryman prototype

Mini drops first official images of Countryman prototype

The largest Mini yet is arriving in the next few months in the form of the long awaited Countryman crossover. To remind us all of its impending arrival BMW has dropped a pile of fresh photos of a marginally camouflaged prototype along with details on the powertrains and trim levels. When it is initially launched In Europe, the Countryman will be offered with five engine options, including two diesels.

Trim levels start off in familiar fashion with a Mini One and One D, Cooper D and Cooper S. All of these receive the updated Mini 1.6-litre four-cylinders with all three petrol engines now boasting BMW’s Valvetronic full variable valve control system. The top-spec 181 horsepower Cooper S now has the same direct injection system previously reserved for the John Cooper Works models. There is no word yet on a full JCW Countryman being offered, but Mini fans need something to look forward to.’

All Countryman variants get a six-speed transmission in either manual or automatic form, and the Countryman is also the first Mini to be offered with all-wheel drive. The new system, called ALL4, uses an electromagnetically controlled center differential to distribute up to 100 percent of torque to either front or back axle when required. The Countryman is also the first Mini to have true four passenger seating and will have an optional three passenger rear bench seat or 2+2 seating as standard.

The largest Mini yet is arriving in the next few months in the form of the long awaited Countryman crossover. To remind us all of its impending arrival BMW has dropped a pile of fresh photos of a marginally camouflaged prototype along with details on the powertrains and trim levels. When it is initially launched In Europe, the Countryman will be offered with five engine options, including two diesels.

Trim levels start off in familiar fashion with a Mini One and One D, Cooper D and Cooper S. All of these receive the updated Mini 1.6-litre four-cylinders with all three petrol engines now boasting BMW’s Valvetronic full variable valve control system. The top-spec 181 horsepower Cooper S now has the same direct injection system previously reserved for the John Cooper Works models. There is no word yet on a full JCW Countryman being offered, but Mini fans need something to look forward to.’

All Countryman variants get a six-speed transmission in either manual or automatic form, and the Countryman is also the first Mini to be offered with all-wheel drive. The new system, called ALL4, uses an electromagnetically controlled center differential to distribute up to 100 percent of torque to either front or back axle when required. The Countryman is also the first Mini to have true four passenger seating and will have an optional three passenger rear bench seat or 2+2 seating as standard.

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