In March 2010, MINI has entered a new era at the Geneva Motor Show with their first crossover vehicle: MINI Countryman. According to BMW, the Countryman is “a new dimension” and “genuine crossover that bridges the gap between the classic concept of the MINI and a modern Sports Activity Vehicle.”
This is the first MINI with four doors and a large tailgate as well as a variable interior offering space for up to four occupants. At the same time the MINI Countryman is the brand’s first model measuring more than four meters (157 inches) in length and available as an option with ALL4 all-wheel drive.
Right from the start, the car stands out through its unique look – it is powerful, robust and versatile in all its features and appearance. Various design elements and proportions typical of the brand also stand out from the very beginning, enabling the fourth model in the MINI range to bridge the gap between the classic concept of the MINI and a modern Sports Activity Vehicle.
The MINI Countryman is available from the start with a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines. The range of petrol engines extends from the 72 kW/98 hp MINI One Countryman through the 90 kW/122 hp MINI Cooper Countryman all the way to the 135 kW/184 hp MINI Cooper S Countryman boasting the most efficient power unit worldwide in its four-cylinder 1.6-litre class. The two diesel models are the 82 kW/122 hp MINI Cooper D Countryman and the 66 kW/90 hp MINI One D Countryman.
ALL4 all-wheel drive is available in both the MINI Cooper S Countryman and the MINI Cooper D Countryman.
In our own review of the Countryman, Shawn Molnar, Editor BMWBLOG, said:
“How successful will the MINI Countryman be in the North American market? Time will tell, but judging by its utility, efficiency, fun demeanor and style – the Countryman will no doubt appeal to many prospective buyers looking for a compromise between a John Cooper Works and larger cross over vehicle.”