2013 MINI Countryman gets upgraded, standard three-seat rear bench now available

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 6, 2012

Mini has unveiled the complete details, which include the upgrades, for the 2013 Countryman crossover. Fans would be glad to know for instance that it will have window switches on the doors. The decision to relocate the switchgear should have been made earlier. Critics have lambasted the Countryman, as well as other Minis, for positioning the front window switches at the bottom of the center stack, right beside the power locks switch.

Its location becomes even more of an annoyance when the cupholders are filled. Buyers can ask for the rear seating and center-rail setup on the 2013 Countryman as an option for no added cost. Its three-seat rear bench is actually the standard for 2013 (which is the opposite of what the 2011 and 2012 offered). The design of the HVAC surrounds has been slightly revised.

They’re also now offered in either matte black or optional chrome. Just like the other 2013 Mini models, the options packages for the 2013 Countryman crossover are a bit different.

It now has Bluetooth as the standard feature while SiriusXM satellite radio has become a $250 option and comes with a one-year subscription.

In addition, the Tech package features SiriusXM, keyless entry and ignition, and MINI Connected, together with an armrest pre-wired for the optional iPhone adapter. Those who order the Countryman can also choose from two new shades, brilliant copper metallic and blazing red metallic.

The Countryman is offered in three variants: (1) normally aspirated, which delivers 121 hp; (2) the turbocharged S, which offers 181 hp; and (3) the top-trim JCW, which produces 208 hp. Buyers can select from either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission when they buy the Cooper S and ALL4 electronically controlled all-wheel drive (which is standard on the JCW). Production of the 2013 Countryman begins this month and will start selling in the fall.

The base model has a starting price of $22,700 for the base model, $26,300 for the front-wheel drive Cooper S Countryman, $28,000 for a Cooper S Countryman ALL4, and $35,550 for a John Cooper Works Countryman. These prices include a destination charge of $700.

Press Release

MINI Countryman

In the two years since its launch onto the world's car markets, the MINI Countryman has developed into a driving force behind the continuing growth of the brand. The transference of hallmark MINI qualities and values into a new vehicle segment has won over new target groups worldwide to the brand's unmistakable style. Autumn 2012 will see the British carmaker's first model to offer all-wheel drive benefiting from an extensive round of modifications which will further enhance the allure of its boundless driving fun. Detailed refinements to the car's design and the selection of materials available for the interior shine the spotlight even more brightly on a premium character none of the MINI Countryman's rivals can match. The spacious five-door's optimised ease of use underlines its very modern appreciation of practicality.

The modifications designed for the MINI Countryman will be rolled out across all model variants from November 2012. Open one of the front doors and the newly designed rings encircling the Centre Speedo and four air vents immediately stand out. They will now be presented across the board in the colour shade Carbon Black and also have an inner ring in high-gloss black or - as part of the Chrome Line Interior option - in chrome. Both in standard trim and with options specified, the fresh appeal of the colours and materials adds further lustre to the high-quality character of the MINI Countryman interior.

Newly designed door inserts also help to enhance the car's premium ambience, comfort and practicality. Remodelled door armrests provide even more comfortable support for the arms, and the controls for the electric windows are now also positioned in the door trim. A full control panel is integrated into the door armrest on the driver's side. The switches clustered here include the controls for all the windows, the deactivation facility for the rear window controls and adjustment for the exterior mirrors. Moving the window controls away from the centre console also optimises access to the larger storage compartment below it. From autumn 2012 the MINI Countryman will come as standard with a three-seat rear bench, while a pair of individual seats will be available as a no-cost alternative.

As well as changes to the range of interior colours, interior trim elements and Colour Lines, the selection of exterior paint finishes will also be given a refresh in autumn 2012. New additions include the suitably expressive colour shades Brilliant Copper metallic and Blazing Red metallic. Plus, a restructuring of the equipment packages on offer to customers will make it even easier to customise the MINI Countryman to reflect their tastes.

Customers can choose from six engine variants for the MINI Countryman. The three petrol and three diesel units produce outputs stretching from 66 kW/90 hp to 135 kW/184 hp. Beyond these, there is also the ultra-sporty MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, powered by a turbocharged 160 kW/218 hp engine. The ALL4 all-wheel-drive system fitted as standard on this top-class performance variant is also available as an option for the MINI Cooper S Countryman, MINI Cooper SD Countryman and MINI Cooper D Countryman. All models, with the exception of the MINI One D Countryman, can be ordered with a six-speed automatic gearbox as an alternative to the standard six-speed manual. The impressive efficiency of the engines and gearboxes along with extensive MINIMALISM technology ensure all the MINI Countryman variants achieve an exemplary balance between driving fun and fuel economy. Added to which, from autumn 2012 manual versions of the MINI One Countryman and MINI Cooper Countryman will meet the stipulations of the EU6 exhaust emissions standard due to come into force in 2014.

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