MINI has unveiled its latest Countryman, the largest member of the range. The new car features aesthetic updates, mechanical upgrades and connectivity improvements while retaining its signature flair and hallmark British style in the premium compact SUV segment.

A redesigned radiator grille with MINI’s signature hexagonal contours joins with a new bumper design and a revised lower air intake arrangement at the front, while a new rear bumper design and lower valence complete the styling update.

All lighting functions now feature LED technology as standard, and at the front a continuous LED daytime light band doubles up as turn indicators. At the rear, new light graphics trace the outline of a Union Jack motif, forming a distinct identification unique to MINI. Adaptive LED technology is available as an option.

MINI’s distinctive range of colours is expanded with White Silver and Sage Green metallic joining the mix for the new Countryman. Roof and side mirror caps can now be finished in either body colour, white, black or silver depending on model variant, while a new Piano Black exterior option darkens selected chrome exterior pieces to high-gloss black.

Depending on the model variant, the new MINI Countryman is fitted as standard with light alloy wheels either 16-inch or 17-inch in size, with wheels up to 19 inches available as optional extras and as part of the Original MINI Accessories programme. New wheel designs include Channel Spoke Black and Turnstile Spoke 2-tone.

The new MINI Countryman is available with a choice of three TwinPower Turbo petrol engines. In addition, a high-voltage lithium-ion battery with a gross energy content of 9.6kWh gives the new plug-in hybrid MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 an enhanced maximum electric range of 55 to 61 kilometres. (Previous range – 40km)

All powertrains are compliant with Euro 6d emissions standards.

Model Engine Power / Torque 0-100km/h Fuel Use CO2
Cooper 3-cylinder petrol 100kW/220Nm 9.7s 5.9 – 5.6 l/100 km 135 – 129g/km
Cooper S 4-cylinder petrol 131kW/280Nm 7.5s 6.5 – 6.3 l/100 km 148 – 144g/km
Cooper SE ALL4 3-cylinder petrol + HV Electric 100+65kW/ 220 + 165Nm 6.8s 2.0 – 1.7 l/100 km 45 – 40g/km

Upgrades to new engines in the range include a revised exhaust manifold integrated in the cylinder, apparently ensuring highly effective cooling of the exhaust gases and the turbocharging system, as well as increased fuel pressure (in petrol variants) from 200 to 350 bar.

The interior of the new MINI Countryman has a new surface around the circular control unit in the centre instrument panel. A new digital instrument display is also available to order, measuring 5.0 inches to display essential information concisely in front of the driver.

MINI Connected features also see an intuitive expansion, from Navigation Plus options restructured on the familiar 8.8-inch infotainment screen to enhanced Intelligent Emergency services and even Amazon Alexa integration.

The new MINI Countryman continues the pioneering and quirky spirit of the brand, building on the brand’s highly successful advance into the premium compact SUV segment. The MINI Countryman now accounts for almost 30 per cent of the brand’s new registrations worldwide.

The new MINI Countryman will arrive in New Zealand at the end of 2020 with pricing and specification detail to be announced closer to launch.

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How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on www.usa2nz.co.nz. We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm also an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.

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