MINI’s Facebook page published some photos of their behind the scene preparations for the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. MINI will unveil for the first time their latest model: MINI Countryman, their first attempt at the Sports Activity Vehicle market.
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.”
Compared to the Beachcomber Concept, the Countryman gets four regularly hinged doors plus one conventional tailgate. We can also see that it sits a bit higher off the ground than other Mini models.
MINI Countryman is entering the market with a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines; the power range extends from 90 hp in the MINI One D Countryman all the way to 184 hp in the MINI Cooper S Countryman.
When it enters the U.S. market in early 2011, the Countryman will be available with two gasoline engine choices. First, we have the 1.6 liter 4-cylinder engine making 120-hp and a maximum torque of 118 lb-ft that will go from 0-62 mph in 10.5 seconds and a top speed electronically limited to 118 mph.
Second engine will be found in the sportier Mini Cooper S Countryman model which will get a 1.6 liter 4-cylinder engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct fuel injection and fully-variable valve management based on the BMW Group’s Valvetronic technology. It outputs a total of 180-hp with a peak torque of 177 lb-ft (192 lb-ft with Overboost). 0-62 mph is achieved in 7.6 seconds with a top speed of 128 mph. Both models will come with a standard 6-speed manual gearbox, and a 6-speed automatic transmission available as an option.
MINI Cooper S Countryman and MINI Cooper D Countryman come equipped with the MINI ALL4 all-wheel drive, an electrohydraulic differential positioned directly on the final drive varying the distribution from front to rear in an infinite process.
Under normal driving conditions up to 50 per cent of the engine’s power goes to the rear wheels, under extreme conditions up to 100 per cent, offering a new, high-traction rendition of that agile handling so typical of MINI.
The MINI crossover will make its debut on Tuesday at the Geneva Motor Show.