Mini unveiled the new Countryman that has a familiar design and new, bigger engines, a bigger chassis and a high quality interior.
The car has new grille and slightly different lights and fog lights, with LED technology. It has a bigger ground clearance than the previous model, roof rails and other decorative elements.
Its body is 20 cm bigger, with its width being increased by 3 cm and its wheelbase being longer by 7.5 cm, in order to offer more room for the passengers, with the luggage compartment reaching 450 liters and 1,309 liters by folding the seats. Its interior has a new infotainment system with an 8.8-inch screen that allows connection to smart phones.
It will be available with a 3-cylinder turbo 1.5-liter engine producing 136 horses with 220 Nm of torque, while the S version will be equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder delivering 192 hp with 280 Nm of torque. The D version will have a 2.0-liter diesel producing 150 hp with 330 Nm of torque, while the SD version will have the same engine, which will produce 190 hp with 400 Nm of torque.
All engines will be available with front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive systems, while depending on the version the company will offer 8-speed and 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions. An exception will be the basic version of the Cooper Countryman, which will have an automatic 6-speed transmission.
Mini will also release the Countryman E, that will use a 3-cylinder engine, in conjunction with an electric motor producing 88 hp with 165 Nm of torque.
The internal combustion engine will be powering the front wheels, while the electric motor will power the rear ones. The combined power of this hybrid system will be 224 hp with 385 Nm of torque, that enable the car to do the 0-100 in 6.8 seconds, while its electric range with fully charged batteries and speeds up to 125 km/h will amount to 40 kilometers. Mini announced that the Countryman E consumes just 2.1 liters/100 km and emits 49 grams of CO2/km. The sales of the car in Europe will begin from February of 2017.