Built on a UKL front-wheel drive platform, the new Mini Countryman sports an evolutionary design and upgraded interior
The second-generation Mini Countryman gains an updated design on the outside and it is the biggest car in the company’s storied history. Built on a UKL front-wheel drive platform, the new Countryman sports an evolutionary design as the basic silhouette stays similar to its predecessor. Up front, it features an aggressive grille with chrome trim and distinctive LED headlamps with peripheral LED daytime running light ring.
Besides that, it also comprises of chrome trims around fog lamp enclosures and skid plate. On the sides, it features black side body cladding, sporty roof rails and 19-inch light alloy wheels delivering sporty vibe. Out the back, it comes with twin round shaped chrome tipped sporty tailpipes, integrated roof spoiler, LED taillights with chrome trim and a muscular bumper with skid plate.
Dimensionally, the new-generation Countryman appears 20 mm longer and 3 mm wider, while the wheelbase has been increased by 7.5 mm. It has a width of 2,005 mm, height of 1,557 mm, length of 4,299 mm and tips the weighing scale at 1,390 kg with wheelbase of 2,670 mm. On the inside, the cabin sees new updates as well and it has become more premium and spacious indeed due to the increased dimensions.
It comes equipped new 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Touch Controller on centre console, Harman Kardon sourced hi-fi surround sound system along with head-up display, LED interior and ambient lighting. In India, it is available across Cooper S, Cooper SD, and Cooper S JCW variants. The S and S JCW take power from a 1,998 cc four-cylinder petrol engine making 192 hp and 280 Nm and are mated to an eight-speed automatic and eight-speed Sport automatic transmissions respectively.
The Cooper SD variant gets a 1,995 cc four-cylinder diesel motor kicking out 190 hp and 400 Nm and is mated to an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. The petrol version is claimed to do 0-100 kmph in 7.5 seconds and the diesel is a couple of tenths slower in comparison.
The entry-level Cooper S is priced at Rs. 34.90 lakh while Cooper SD costs Rs 37.40 lakh and the performance-based Cooper S JCW Inspired is sold at Rs 41.40 lakh (ex-showroom, India). Its local production has underway at BMW Group’s plant in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.