The MINI all-wheel drive system ALL4 will be available in the MINI Cooper Countryman and the MINI Cooper Paceman starting July 2013. This brings the total number of MINI models equipped with ALL4 all-wheel drive system to ten. Coming as standard for the MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 and the MINI Cooper Paceman ALL4 is a 6-speed manual transmission, with a 6-speed automatic gearbox coming as an option.
ALL4 all-wheel drive system promises improved traction, enhanced grip and better driving stability and ability for MINI drivers, helping them remain in control of their vehicles even when cruising through snow or slippery surfaces. Based on an electromagnetic center differential, the MINI ALL4 distributes drive force at continuously variable levels between the front and rear axle.
ALL4’s electronic control system is integrated directly in the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) control unit, allowing it to direct drive torque quickly and precisely to where it can be effectively transformed into forward thrust.
In the new models, the ALL4 all-wheel drive system distributes the power of a 1.6-liter 122-bhp four-cylinder engine between the front and rear wheels. The engine provides up to 160 Nm (190 Nm on automatic transmission) of torque at 4,250 rpm, assuring spontaneous forward thrust.
This power output and torque allows the MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 11.9 seconds (11.7 seconds on automatic transmission) and reach a top speed of 184 km/h (182 km/h on automatic transmission).
The MINI Cooper Paceman ALL4, meanwhile, could accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 11.8 seconds (11.6 seconds on automatic transmission) and reach a top speed of 185 km/h (183 km/h on automatic transmission).
The ALL4 system also allows the new models to become more fuel efficient. The MINI Countryman ALL4 and the MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 both consume an average of 6.9 liters of fuel per 100 km (7.5 liters on automatic transmission) on the EU test cycle and emits 167 grams of carbon dioxide (175 on automatic transmission) per kilometer. [source: MINI]