Official: 2011 MINI Countryman priced from $21,650

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 15, 2010

Pricing for MINI’s Countryman model is revealed as it is about to enter the US market. Three equipment levels are available: base, S and ALL4 (which offers all-wheel-drive). The entry-level model has a starting price of $21,650, while the S model is priced from $25,250. The all-wheel-drive version is priced at $26,950.

As with any MINI model, there is a long list of optional extras being offered. Owners can opt for the Steptronic automatic gearbox, which retails for $1,250.

Customers can choose from an array of packages. One is the Sport pack, which is offered in two equipment grades. One sells for $1,000 while the other costs $1,250. The other packages include the Premium Package ($1,750); the Cold Weather Package ($750); and the Convenience package ($1,250).

The MINI Countryman as a concept marks a clear divide between the latest model and the current line-up. This is made evident with the body design. The length for instance stands at 4,097 millimetres or about 161.3 inches, though the MINI Cooper S Countryman measures 4,110 mm, or around 161.8" inches.

Meanwhile the width measures 1,789 millimetres (70.4 inches) and the height is 1,561 millimetres (61.5 inches). As a result, this four-door model has the standard proportions of the brand but the ground clearance has been upped and the seating position raised.

It can be said that the MINI Countryman closes the gap between the classic MINI and a modern Sports Activity Vehicle. The ground-breaking MINI Countryman concept had opened up a new range of possibilities. It inspired this design as it symbolizes the latest development when it comes to the brand’s unique design language.

Overall, the MINI Countryman gives a new interpretation of the basic design elements found in the MINI. One of these is the prominent three-level split of its body. Then there is also the greenhouse and its roof.

The front end has a new look due to the upright windscreen, large headlights, and hexagonal radiator grille. The rear lights meanwhile have been stacked in a vertical manner. The rear contours have a cascading appearance which widens as it goes from the roof to the wheel.

The design details that ensure that it is part of the MINI family are present as well. The headlights and the rear lights continue to be integrated to the body like "islands.” Meanwhile, the side scuttle that is between the door and the front wing, as well as that of the greenhouse that narrows to the back, are other examples of standard MINI details.

The new details and the retention of some of the traditional ones give the MINI Countryman that extra appeal. It not only shows originality but also exhibits performance, versatility, and even robustness. Still, the charm and allure that many are familiar with continue to part of the Countryman.

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