The MINI Countryman, which will debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, will go on sale in Germany in September 2010. In its lineup, the fourth model is offered in a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines, developing between 66 kW/90 hp and 135 kW/184 hp.
MINI said that the all-wheel-drive system ALL4 will be offered for the MINI Cooper S Countryman and MINI Cooper D Countryman.
Aside from the standard six-speed manual gearbox, the petrol variants will also get a six-speed automatic with Steptronic variant.
When it comes to standard equipment, the MINI Countryman models will be fitted with air conditioning, MINI Centre Rail stowage, attachment system and an audio system with CD player.
Its other standard features include electromechanical power steering system EPS including Servotronic speed-sensitive power assistance, stability control system DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), extensive MINIMALISM measures to optimize fuel economy and minimize emissions, six airbags and ISOFIX child seat attachments in the rear.
The consumers will love that there is a wide range of paint finishes, upholstery and trim variants to choose from. Some of these options are only offered for the MINI Countryman. There are also plenty of optional extras and accessories for further customization.
Here are the prices: MINI One Countryman 20 200 Euros; MINI Cooper Countryman 22 500 Euro; MINI Cooper S, Countryman 26 300 Euros; MINI Cooper S, Countryman All4 27 900 Euros; MINI One D Countryman 22 000 Euros; MINI Cooper D Countryman 24 200 Euros; MINI Cooper D Countryman All4 25 900 Euros.
The totally noticeable MINI characteristics feature the modern car concept of the MINI Countryman in a stylish design. The first MINI to have dimensions exceeding four meters (157") long is also built based on the brand’s classic Mini philosophy of making extensive interior room and functionality on a compact car. Adding to the classic MINI dimensions, the distinct design elements at the front, back and side of the vehicle guarantee that the MINI Countryman is indeed a member of the MINI brand.
The chosen name for the fourth model in the MINI's range also mirrors the traditional and British roots of the MINI. Similar to the MINI Clubman, the MINI Countryman is also drafted from the exemplary compact car concept made by Alec Issigonis. The significantly flexible model of the traditional Mini having the Countryman badge broke into the market in the 60s and kept its glamour up until today.
The Austin Seven Countryman and its technical twin, the Morris Mini Traveller model gave an additional element of variability, their bigger cabin giving more options for usage. Available in the market until 1969, this version of the Mini - not to mention the "woody" variant that has the wooden frame on the back doors and body flanks - accumulated a following that is unparalleled up until today.