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Fun has no limits. The MINI Countryman.
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    Fun has no limits. The MINI Countryman.


    Fun has no limits. The MINI Countryman.
    12.07.2010 -- Source: BMW

    The MINI Countryman takes the hallmark driving fun of the brand into a new dimension. This is the first MINI to come with four doors and a large tailgate as well as a versatile interior offering space for up to five people. The MINI Countryman is the first member of the MINI family with a body measuring more than four metres (157") in length and which can be ordered as an option with all-wheel drive. With these features, in addition to the Countryman’s raised seating position and optimised ride comfort, the world’s only premium vehicle of its kind crosses the boundaries of urban mobility to take the trademark MINI feeling into new dimensions and win over additional target groups.

    The latest generation of petrol and diesel engines.
    Three petrol and two diesel engines will be available at launch. The selection of petrol variants ranges from the MINI One Countryman developing 72 kW/98 hp and MINI Cooper Countryman (90 kW/122 hp) to the 135 kW/184 hp MINI Cooper S Countryman, whose 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine is the most efficient unit in its displacement class. The petrol models are joined in the line-up by the diesel-powered MINI One D Countryman (66 kW/90 hp) and MINI Cooper D Countryman (82 kW/112 hp). All variants of the MINI Countryman meet the EU5 exhaust gas standard in Europe and the ULEV II standard in the USA.

    MINI ALL4: Breaking new ground in driving fun.
    Optional MINI ALL4 all-wheel drive allows the driving fun you expect from the brand to be experienced off the beaten track as well. The permanent all-wheel-drive system’s quick and precise responses to changing conditions provide a new, traction-led expression of the handling talents for which MINI is famed. An electromagnetic centre differential positioned directly on the final drive varies the distribution of power seamlessly between the front and rear axles. The ALL4 system is available for the MINI Cooper S Countryman and MINI Cooper D Countryman.

    Newly developed suspension combines quintessential MINI agility with outstanding ride comfort.
    With its precise handling and captivating agility, the MINI Countryman transplants the driving characteristics associated with the brand into a new vehicle concept. These attributes are complemented by outstanding ride comfort, equipping the Countryman perfectly for a wider range of usage. Underpinning this is sophisticated new suspension technology, which includes a front axle with MacPherson spring struts and forged track control arms, multi-link rear suspension and the electromechanical power steering system EPS. The MINI Countryman comes as standard with the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system.

    Design: Undeniably an individualist, unmistakably a MINI.
    The MINI Countryman exudes an air of originality, robustness and versatility. Four doors and a large tailgate, a striking roof shape and an upright front end reinforce its status as an individualist within the MINI ranks. Other distinctive features are its MINI proportions and design cues. Short overhangs, a high window line, the wrap-around look of the windows and the car’s powerful over-the-wheel stance create a familiar appearance transplanted onto larger exterior dimensions. Elsewhere, the Countryman provides a fresh interpretation of characteristic MINI features, such as the hexagonal radiator grille, large headlights set into the bonnet, side indicator surrounds, voluminous wheel arches and vertical rear light clusters.

    Versatility and innovative details deliver cutting-edge functionality.
    The rear of the MINI Countryman can be specified with two individual seats or – as a no-cost option – a seat bench for three passengers. The rear seats slide fore-and-aft individually or in a 60 : 40 split (three-seat bench), the angle of the backrests can be adjusted, and the backrests can be folded down either individually or in a 40 : 20 : 40 split (three-seat bench) – all of which allows luggage capacity to be increased from 350 litres to a maximum 1,170 litres (12.4 to 41.3 cu ft). The MINI Countryman is also fitted as standard with the innovative Centre Rail storage and fastening system.

    Top-class standard equipment, premiere for MINI Connected.
    The list of standard equipment for the MINI Countryman includes air conditioning and a CD audio system. A wide range of customisation options are also available, such as exterior paint finishes and interior colours designed exclusively for the Countryman, a host of upholstery variants, trim elements and model-specific equipment items, and high-quality audio and navigation systems. A further in-car entertainment highlight is the unique MINI Connected system, which includes the web radio and Mission Control functions.





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    Description in brief.

    • With the addition of the MINI Countryman as the fourth variant in its model family, MINI is taking the inimitable MINI feeling into a new dimension.
    The MINI Countryman crossover bridges the gap between the classic MINI concept and a contemporary Sports Activity Vehicle. Its broader range of abilities in both urban use and beyond paves the way for larger and evolving target groups with a greater need for space and flexibility to experience the driving fun that comes with a MINI. The brand’s first model to feature four doors and a wide-opening tailgate, the Countryman offers more space – which can be used in a wide variety of ways – to go with its raised seating position and optimised ride comfort. Plus, the “go-kart” feeling for which MINI is a byword has been preserved and takes on a new dimension with the optional MINI ALL4 all-wheel-drive system. The MINI Countryman expresses the defining virtues of the brand in terms of design, premium quality, handling, efficiency and the scope for customisation – and does so in an absorbingly individual way.

    • The MINI Countryman manifests an effective and assured development of the brand’s design language. The new model combines larger body dimensions, increased ground clearance and four side doors with the hallmark features of MINI design. Short overhangs, a high window line, a commanding over-the-wheel stance and the wrap-around look of the windows – extending all the way around the vehicle – create typical MINI proportions. The Countryman provides a fresh interpretation of classic MINI features, such as the roof line, hexagonal radiator grille, large headlights set into the bonnet, side indicator surrounds, capacious wheel arches and vertical rear light clusters.

    • Using the MINI design language as a starting point, the stand-out features of the MINI Countryman are showcased in fitting style. The upright front end exudes presence and helps to optimise pedestrian protection. The increase in interior space is emphasised by large glass surfaces, the four-door layout by the distinctive contours of the roof. The extra-wide border around the lower part of the body and powerfully bolstered wheel arches are a nod to the robustness of the vehicle and its all-wheel drive. The precise transposition of the MINI style into a new vehicle segment ensures that the MINI Countryman comes across as a totally new type of vehicle and yet is instantly recognisable as a MINI.

    • The interior of the MINI Countryman is very much in keeping with the brand’s familiar style but boasts a selection of new design and functional elements. The slightly raised seating position allows easy entry, optimises the driver’s view over the road and reinforces the powerful character of the new model. The Centre Speedo and air vents are bordered by coloured rings. The unique MINI Centre Rail, meanwhile, runs lengthwise through the middle of the interior in place of a conventional centre console and opens up new ways of integrating storage boxes, cup holders, external audio devices, mobile phones and other comfort-enhancing elements just as you want them. Clip-in fixtures have a flexible range of positioning that allows the storage area to be divided up as desired and items to be kept close at hand at all times. Added to which, the Centre Rail creates an unconventional visual and functional connection between the front and rear compartments.


    • The MINI Countryman comes as standard with four seats, while a three-seat bench is available as a no-cost option. Its interior enhances comfort over long journeys with generous legroom, headroom and shoulder room. The rear seats can be moved forwards and backwards individually or in a 60 : 40 split (three-seat bench), the angle of the backrests can be adjusted and the backrests can be folded down either individually or in a 40 : 20 : 40 split (three-seat bench), all of which allows luggage capacity to be increased from 350 litres to a maximum 1,170 litres (12.4 to 41.3 cu ft).

    • The MINI Countryman will be available with three petrol and two diesel engines at launch. All the drive units are sourced from a new generation
    of engines optimised using the BMW Group’s development expertise.
    And they all meet the EU5 and ULEV II exhaust emission standards. Output ranges from 66 kW/90 hp in the MINI One D Countryman to 135 kW/184 hp in the MINI Cooper S Countryman. With its twin-scroll turbocharger and direct injection now complemented by fully variable valve management, the 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in the range-topping model offers by far the best balance between output and fuel consumption in its displacement class. Furthermore, the MINIMALISM concept sees wide-ranging technology designed to reduce fuel consumption and emissions – such as Brake Energy Regeneration, the Auto Start/Stop function, Shift Point Display and the need-based operation of ancillary components – fitted as standard and in model-specific combinations. For the petrol engine variants a six-speed automatic transmission with Steptronic is available as an alternative to the standard six-speed manual.

    • The MINI Cooper S Countryman and MINI Cooper D Countryman can be ordered as an option with MINI ALL4 permanent all-wheel drive. Here, an electromagnetic centre differential positioned directly on the final drive varies the distribution of power seamlessly between the front and rear axles. In normal driving conditions up to 50 per cent of the drive is sent to the rear wheels, in extreme situations as much as 100 per cent. The result is a new, traction-led expression of the agile handling for which MINI is famed. This ability is underpinned by sophisticated new suspension technology, which includes a front axle with MacPherson spring struts and forged track control arms, multi-link rear suspension and the electromechanical power steering system EPS. The MINI Countryman comes as standard with the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system. Available as an option are Dynamic Traction Control (DTC, standard on
    the MINI Cooper S Countryman – both with front-wheel drive and ALL4 all-wheel drive – and MINI Cooper D Countryman with ALL4) and an electronic locking function for the front axle differential.

    • A crash-optimised body structure with precisely defined load paths and deformation zones ensures exceptional passive safety. Standard safety features include front and side airbags, plus side curtain airbags for the front and rear seats, three-point inertia-reel seat belts on all seats, belt tensioners and belt force limiters at the front and ISOFIX child seat attachments in the rear. A Tyre Defect Indicator also comes as standard, while runflat tyres (standard on the MINI Cooper S Countryman with ALL4) are available as an option.

    • New model-specific equipment features have been added to the usual extensive selection of exterior and interior customisation options available for the MINI. A newly configured range of interior colours, trim elements and upholstery materials allows for particularly harmonious combinations. Air conditioning, the MINI Centre Rail and an audio system with CD player are all fitted as standard, while the model-specific array of optional equipment items and accessories available for the MINI Countryman includes high-quality audio and navigation systems as well as mobile phone interfaces with full integration capability for the Apple iPhone or other smartphones. MINI Connected, meanwhile, delivers a unique form of in-car entertainment with the addition of web radio and Mission Control functions, among others. Customers can also specify a large panoramic sunroof, Adaptive Headlights with xenon light, a heated windscreen, a trailer coupling, 16- to 19-inch light-alloy wheels, sports suspension (with the vehicle height lowered by 10 mm / almost 0.4") and John Cooper Works performance components.

    Exterior dimensions:
    Length: 4,097 millimetres (161.3") (MINI Cooper S Countryman: 4,110 millimetres/161.8")
    Width: 1,789 millimetres (70.4")
    Height: 1,561 millimetres (61.5")
    Wheelbase: 2,595 millimetres (102.2")

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    Re: Fun has no limits. The MINI Countryman.

    Engine variants:
    MINI Cooper S Countryman: Four-cylinder petrol engine with
    twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and fully variable valve management based on the BMW Group’s VALVETRONIC technology.
    Displacement: 1,598 cc,
    output: 135 kW/184 hp at 5,500 rpm,
    max. torque: 240 Nm/177 lb-ft at 1,600 – 5,000 rpm (260 Nm/192 lb-ft with Overboost).
    Acceleration 0–100 km/h (62 mph): 7.6 seconds,
    top speed: 215 km/h (133 mph).
    Average fuel consumption according to EU standard:
    6.1 litres/100 km (46.3 mpg imp),
    CO2 emissions: 143 g/km.

    MINI Cooper Countryman: Four-cylinder petrol engine with fully variable valve management based on the BMW Group’s
    VALVETRONIC technology.
    Displacement: 1,598 cc,
    output: 90 kW/122 hp at 6,000 rpm,
    max. torque: 160 Nm/118 lb-ft at 4,250 rpm.
    Acceleration 0–100 km/h (62 mph): 10.5 seconds,
    top speed: 190 km/h (118 mph).
    Average fuel consumption according to EU standard:
    6.0 litres/100 km (47.0 mpg imp),
    CO2 emissions: 140 g/km.

    MINI One Countryman: Four-cylinder petrol engine with fully
    variable valve management based on the BMW Group’s
    VALVETRONIC technology.
    Displacement: 1,598 cc,
    output: 72 kW/98 hp at 6,000 rpm,
    max. torque: 153 Nm/133 lb-ft at 3,000 rpm.
    Acceleration 0–100 km/h (62 mph): 11.9 seconds,
    top speed: 173 km/h (107 mph).
    Average fuel consumption according to EU standard:
    6.0 litres/100 km (47.0 mpg imp),
    CO2 emissions: 139 g/km.


    MINI Cooper D Countryman: Four-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common-rail injection and variable turbine geometry.
    Displacement: 1,598 cc,
    output: 82 kW/112 hp at 4,000 rpm,
    max. torque: 270 Nm/199 lb-ft at 1,750 – 2,250 rpm.
    Acceleration 0–100 km/h (62 mph): 10.9 seconds,
    top speed: 185 km/h (115 mph).
    Average fuel consumption according to EU standard:
    4.4 litres/100 km (64.2 mpg imp),
    CO2 emissions: 115 g/km.

    MINI One D Countryman: Four-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common-rail injection and variable turbine geometry.
    Displacement: 1,598 cc,
    output: 66 kW/90 hp at 4,000 rpm,
    max. torque: 215 Nm/158 lb-ft at 1,750 – 2,500 rpm.
    Acceleration 0–100 km/h (62 mph): 12.9 seconds,
    top speed: 170 km/h (105 mph).
    Average fuel consumption according to EU standard:
    4.4 litres/100 km (64.2 mpg imp),
    CO2 emissions: 115 g/km.

















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    Re: Fun has no limits. The MINI Countryman.

    do you think with this car being 4wheel drive and all, mini might try to make a mini cooper s with awd? or even try and break into the sport of rally? either way i think this car would look sick with 4 hella lights in the grille, baja style
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    Re: Fun has no limits. The MINI Countryman.

    is this based on Mini chassis or an X3 chassis?

    i like the concept, more info !!
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    Re: Fun has no limits. The MINI Countryman.

    This isn't a concept, thats the production model. Mini is about to tour the US with this vehicle in the "MTTS" (mini takes the states). I totally taking my MINI to Denver for the final stop!

    http://www.miniusa.com/#/play/states-m



    @mexmini I hope so, MINI likes to get involved with all kinds of events, i can see this running in a rally
    Andno, its a whole new chassis.

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    Re: Fun has no limits. The MINI Countryman.

    It's very bulbous...

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    Re: Fun has no limits. The MINI Countryman.

    Quote Originally Posted by bugzy View Post
    is this based on Mini chassis or an X3 chassis?

    i like the concept, more info !!
    its chassis is based that off of the 1series, only shorten, and thats base off the 3, which will be used for the x1 . and theres talk that you could fit a straight six or v8 under that bonnet.
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    Re: Fun has no limits. The MINI Countryman.

    wow it looks great... i can imagine you can dub it out on air or something lol too much wheel gap. awd mini eh? sounds good 2 me
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    Re: Fun has no limits. The MINI Countryman.

    It just looks like a lifted mini to me. :?

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    Re: Fun has no limits. The MINI Countryman.

    Quote Originally Posted by karmakid View Post
    its chassis is based that off of the 1series, only shorten, and thats base off the 3, which will be used for the x1 . and theres talk that you could fit a straight six or v8 under that bonnet.
    Good info.

    I like it, a lot more than the clubman
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