MINI’s even more capable Cooper S Countryman is back in town and now packs 2L Turbo power matched with a super 8 speed transmission! The world’s most sophisticated compact car manufacturer even pumped up the Countryman MK2 by 200mm in length, making this the largest MINI in its 57 year long history.
It looks just as stunted as before, like a big bulldog puppy that has now matured. Which is good news for fans like me, who find plenty of aesthetic appeal in that. The iconic 3-way structure of the OG Countryman persists, where it is made up of the roof, glasshouse section and the main body. It also has large wheel arches and short front + rear overhangs.
But no Countryman is complete without the jacked up stance for high ground clearance and raised seatings. This time, the Countryman looks even more pronounced with the with presence of the new MINI ALL4 bodykit. Piano black bumper accents and implied metallic sump guard adds a sense of adventure to the outdoorsy MINI. The roof of the Countryman is equipped with rails that can accommodate extra cargo such as a roof rack, a roof box or a bicycle rack.
The new headlights are auto LED units and they feature cornering lights, which means the beams turn in accordance to the steering direction.
Optional JCW Wheel
Wheels wise, the Countryman gets 18″ while the Cooper S Countryman will receive the 19″ MINI Yours wheels. They will both be rolling on run flat tyres.
The new Countryman MK2 in size
- 20 centimetres longer than before
- About 3 centimetres wider than before
- Length: 4,299mm
- Width: 1,822mm
- Height: 1,557mm
- Wheelbase: 2,670mm
- Track Width: 1,585mm
Engines, Transmissions and Performance
Both the S and non S will get MINI’s TwinPower Turbo engine and 6 or 8 Speed automatics but will be differentiated by and :
- 136hp / 220nm 1.5L 3-Cylinder Turbo
- 6 speed automatic
- Zerotohundred: 9.6 seconds
- Top Speed: 200km/h
- Fuel Consumption: 6L/100km
- 192hp / 280nm 2.0L 4-Cylinder Turbo
- 8 speed automatic with Steptronic
- Zerotohundred: 7.4 seconds
- Top Speed: 224km/h
- Fuel Consumption: 6.5L/100km
MINI Cooper Countryman – RM 239,888.00
MINI Cooper S Countryman – RM 269,888.00
From MINI Malaysia
The All-New MINI Cooper Countryman and MINI Cooper S Countryman will be available for test drive for the public over the weekend of Saturday, 15th April and Sunday, 16th April at The International Gallery at Alya Kuala Lumpur – adjacent to TPC Kuala Lumpur (formerly KLGCC). The new models from MINI will also be available at all authorised MINI dealerships across the country during the same weekend.
Introducing the All-New MINI Countryman, Mr. Han Sang Yun, Managing Director and CEO, BMW Group Malaysia said, “MINI has been growing steadily in the Malaysian premium segment. Last year alone, the brand contributed over 900 vehicles to our performance here as well as recorded over a 19% growth in comparison to its performance in 2015. In the first quarter of 2017, MINI is already tracking as the third largest brand in the Malaysian premium segment and we hope to maintain this competitiveness in the industry with the All-New MINI Countryman.”
Sharing Mr. Han’s sentiments, Mr. Kidd Yam, Head of MINI Malaysia said, “In the long and illustrious history of MINI, the MINI Countryman has already successfully broken stereotypical convention of vehicles in the premium compact segment, pushing the understanding that the ideas of creativity and premium can coexist harmoniously in a highly segmentised automotive industry.
Kidd Yam added that with over 1500 units already delivered in Malaysia since 2011 with the previous generation MINI Countryman, the success story of the MINI Countryman has already been proven and the new model, which is the perfect companion for everyday usability can only write more successful stories for the brand moving forward.
Visit www.MINI.my for more on the all-new MINI Countryman.