2014 New York Auto Show: 2015 MINI Countryman gets a facelift

Article by Andrew Christian, on April 16, 2014

Just in time for the 2014 New York Auto Show, MINI unveiled the 2015 Countryman Facelift, an updated version of its well-known crossover that promises to continue the success of the outgoing model. If you were expecting some radical changes you will be disappointed as the 2015 Countryman only comes with a revised front grille, underride guard elements for the front and rear apron, and new side sills offered as standard in conjunction with the all-wheel drive system MINI ALL4 (not on the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman) and as an option on the other models.

Moreover, the 2015MY Countryman comes with new standard and optionally available light alloy wheels but also new exterior paint finishes such as Jungle Green metallic, Midnight Grey metallic and Starlight Blue metallic. MINI offers additional customization option such as contrasting colours for the roof and exterior mirror caps, bonnet stripes and Sport Stripes as well as Piano Black Exterior - available for MINI for the first time.

Other highlights are the new LED fog lights including daytime driving and parking light in LED technology, xenon headlamps and adaptive turning light, comfort access panorama glass roof, automatic air conditioning, removable tow hitch with trailer load of up to 1,200 kg, MINI navigation system, Sport Button, sports suspension, sports leather steering wheel with shift paddles for automatic transmission, multifunction steering wheel with cruise control, Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system and model-specific John Cooper Works accessories.

The MINI Connected infotainment program increases driving fun thanks to functions such as Mission Control, Dynamic Music, Driving Excitement and MINIMALISM Analyser; online connection also enables the use of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and foursquare as well as Glympse, RSS news feed reception and entertainment programs such as AUPEO!, Stitcher, Deezer, Audible, Napster/Rhapsody and TuneIn.

Powertrain

MINI will offer 11 variants of the 2015 Countryman and as expected, the most interesting one will be the 2015 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman. This model is powered by a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that develops 216 bhp and 280 Nm of torque (300 Nm with overboost function), enough to push the crossover from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.9 seconds and to a top speed of 228 km/h or 141.6 mph (225 km/h or 139.8 mph when using a the automatic transmission). Despite these performance, fuel consumption is just 7.1 litres/100 km (7.5 seconds with the automatic transmission), while CO2 emissions are 165 g/km (175 g/km).

The 2015 MINI Cooper S Countryman is powered by the same 1.6-liter petrol engine that delivers 190 bhp and 240 Nm of torque (280 Nm with overboost function), enough to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.5 seconds (7.8 seconds with the automatic transmission) and to a top speed of 218 km/h or 135.4 mph (214 km/h or 132.9 mph). Fuel consumption is 6.0 litres/100 km (6.8 litres), while CO2 emissions are 139 g/km (157 g/km).

The 2015 MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 uses the same engine with 190 hp and 240 Nm of torque, which pushes it from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.5 seconds (automatic 8.1 seconds), while top speed is 215 km/h or 133.5 mph (213 km/h or 132.5 mph).

The 2015 MINI Cooper Countryman uses the same engine that delivers 122 bhp and 160 Nm of torque and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/ h (62 mph) in just 10.4 seconds (automatic 11.6 seconds), while top speed is 191 km/h or 118.6 mph (184 km/h or 114.3 mph with automatic transmission). Fuel consumption in this case is 5.9 litres/100 km (6.9 litres), while CO2 emissions are 137 g/km (159 g/km).

The 2015 MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 gets the same engine as the standard Countryman and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 11.5 seconds (automatic 11.7 seconds) and has a top speed of 186 km/h or 115.5 mph (184 km/h or 114.3 mph with automatic transmission). Fuel consumption is 6.7 litres/100 km (7.0 litres), while CO2 emissions are 156 g/km (164 g/km).

The 2015 MINI One Countryman gets a detuned version of the 1.6-liter petrol engine that generates 98 bhp and 153 Nm of torque, enough to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 11.9 seconds (automatic 13.9 seconds) and to a top speed of 175 km/h or 108.7 mph (170 km/h or 105.6 mph with automatic transmission). Fuel consumption is 5.7 litres/100 km (6.9 litres/100 km), while CO2 emissions are 134 g/km (159 g/km).

The 2015 MINI Cooper SD Countryman is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine that generates 143 bhp and 305 Nm of torque. With these numbers, the vehicle accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.2 seconds (9.4 seconds using an automatic transmission), while top speed is 200 km/h or 124 mph (197 km/h 122.4 mph). Fuel consumption is just 4.5 litres/100 km (5.7 litres), while CO2 emissions are 119 g/km (149 g/km).

The 2015 MINI Cooper SD Countryman ALL4 has the same engine as the front-wheel drive version and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.3 seconds (automatic transmission: 9.4 seconds), while top speed is 197 km/h or 122.4 mph (195 km/h or 121.1 mph). Fuel consumption is 4.8 litres/100 km (5.9 litres), while CO2 emissions are 126 g/km (156 g/km).

The 2015 MINI Cooper D Countryman has a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine that develops 112 hp and 270 Nm of torque, and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 10.9 seconds (automatic: 11.3 seconds), while top speed is 186 km/h or 115.5 mph (181 km/h or 112.4 mph). Fuel consumption is even lower at 4.2 litres/100 km (5.6 litres), while CO2 emissions are 111 g/km (148 g/km).

The 2015 MINI Cooper D Countryman ALL4 uses the same 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine that delivers 112 bhp and 270 Nm of torque. This model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 11.6 seconds (automatic: 11.9 seconds), while top speed is 181 km/h or 112.4 mph (176 km/h or 109.3 mph).

The 2015 MINI One D Countryman gets the same 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine that delivers 90 bhp and 215 Nm of torque. As a result, it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 12.9 seconds, while top speed is 171 km/h or 106.2 mph. Fuel consumption is 4.2 liters/100 km while CO2 emissions are 111 g/km.

Press Release

2015 MINI Countryman

The MINI Countryman has pursued its path to success both on and off-road. The first MINI with four doors, a large tailgate, five seats and optional allwheel drive now gives an additional boost to the brand's advance into the premium compact segment. Selective design modifications for the exterior and interior, optimised fuel consumption and emission figures as well as innovative equipment features contribute to the more mature charisma and increased appeal of the new MINI Countryman. This gives it a more pronounced profile as an all-round talent for versatile mobility and an active lifestyle, both in city traffic and beyond.

With striking body design accents, refined premium characteristics in the interior and enhanced agility and efficiency, the new MINI Countryman specifically emphasises all the strengths that account for its exceptional standing within the competitive field. Now an important pillar of growth for MINI with 350,000 units already sold worldwide, the compact model has everything it takes to attract new target groups to the characteristic driving fun and distinctive style of the premium British brand.

An increase in output of 5 kW to 140 kW/190 bhp in the new MINI Cooper S Countryman, improved aerodynamic properties and other optimised details in the area of MINIMALISM technology have resulted in increased figures for acceleration, elasticity and top speed in some models.

At the same time, all model variants have lower fuel consumption and emission figures, as well as meeting the EU6 emission standard. The allwheel drive system ALL4 specially developed for MINI continues to be available for the models MINI Cooper S Countryman, MINI Cooper Countryman, MINI Cooper SD Countryman and MINI Cooper D Countryman. It comes as standard with the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman.

Exterior: striking accentuations for enhanced presence and distinctive style

The distinctive appearance of the MINI Countryman derives from its dimensions, four doors, large tailgate and specific roof shape as well as an individual interpretation of the brand's hallmark proportions and design features.

In the new MINI Countryman, both model-specific and hallmark brand elements are given additional emphasis. The upright front section instantly conveys a powerful presence, while a newly designed structure for the characteristic hexagonal radiator grill now further underscores this impression. A horizontal radiator grille rib finished in chrome in the new MINI Cooper S Countryman and the new MINI Cooper SD Countryman along with a curved "S" in red now help give the front view a clear, purist expression to ensure instant recognition. The front section of the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman features a red radiator grille rib supplemented with the John Cooper Works logo. In all other model variants the radiator grille is now subdivided by two ribs. In the models MINI One Countryman and MINI One D Countryman these are finished in high-gloss black, while in the MINI Cooper Countryman and the MINI Cooper D Countryman they are finished in matt silver.

The robust yet versatile character of the new MINI Countryman is also given intense emphasis. In conjunction with the all-wheel drive system ALL4, all visual underride guard elements for the front and rear apron as well as for the side sill area are now included as standard (exception: MINI John Cooper Works Countryman). These focus more strikingly on the ground clearance of the MINI Countryman, indicating its potential for driving fun away from paved roads. They are also optionally available for the model variants with front-wheel drive.

The range of exterior paint finishes has been expanded with the addition of Jungle Green metallic and Midnight Grey metallic, and Starlight Blue metallic paint is now available on the MINI Countryman for the first time. A contrasting paint finish for the roof and exterior mirror caps in black or white is available on request and at no extra charge for all model variants with the exception of the MINI One Countryman and the MINI One D. A contrasting paint finish in red is likewise offered free of charge exclusively for the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman. There are also Sport Stripes and bonnet stripes in a variety of colours to choose from.

Another customisation option available for MINI for the first time is the new Piano Black Exterior. It comprises a paint finish in high-gloss black for selected surfaces, thereby providing novel emphasis not only for the car's characteristic features but also for the proportions of the MINI Countryman. In addition to the surrounds of the headlamps and rear lights finished in chrome as standard, a high-end dark shading is applied to the diagonal links between the A columns and front wheel arches, the roof rails and the cross-ribs in the radiator grille of the MINI One Countryman, MINI Cooper Countryman and MINI Cooper D Countryman.

New light alloy wheels with reduced weight, optional LED fog lights

Adaptations to the wheel rim program contribute to increased agility and efficiency in the new MINI Countryman. The MINI Cooper Countryman and MINI Cooper D Countryman now come as standard with 16-inch light alloy wheels in 5-Star Air Spoke Design, offering the advantage of reduced weight and optimised aerodynamic properties. The 17-inch light alloy wheels in the new 5-Star Triangle Spoke Design for the MINI Cooper S Countryman and MINI Cooper SD Countryman are also lighter than their predecessors. They are also optionally available in a two-colour design. Both wheel versions are also optionally available in a MINIMALISM version, including tyres with reduced rolling resistance for further reduced fuel consumption and exhaust emission figures.

Another new addition are the LED fog lights with parking and daytime driving lights in LED - available as an optional extra for the first time. They provide an intense, bright white light with a much higher level of energy efficiency than conventional headlamps. The structure of their light sources in full LED technology also helps make the front view of the new MINI Countryman striking and instantly recognisable. This light can be used to improve visibility in fog and is generated by three LED units arranged horizontally at the centre of the cluster, radiated across the entire surface of the headlamp. The daytime driving light takes the form of a luminous ring fed by 15 LED units. When the parking lights are switched on, only five LED units are active in the upper third of the ring.

Interior with optimised acoustic comfort and refined premium characteristics

In the interior of the MINI Countryman, characteristic brand design features are combined with a highly versatile interior space. The premium compact model offers five seats as standard along with the MINI Center Rail attachment system fitted between the driver and front passenger seat. The MINI Countryman offers a comfortable ride not only on rough terrain but also over longer distances. Meanwhile expansion of the luggage compartment from 350 to as much 1 170 litres provides space for luggage, bulkier sports equipment or other any other items that may be required for leisure activities. To this end the rear seats can be shifted longitudinally by up to 13 centimetres, either together or in a 40 : 60 split. It is also possible to adjust the tilt of the seats, and the rear backrests can be folded down in a 40 : 20 : 40 split.

Another factor that helps provide a pleasant driving and travel experience in the new MINI Countryman is its acoustic comfort, which has also been further enhanced. The displays and controls have been redesigned so as to enhance the car's sporty flair and premium character. All model variants of the new MINI Countryman now have anthracite-coloured dials for the engine speed and road speed display in the style of the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, whose central instrument now also bears the John Cooper Works logo. The standard trim of the new MINI Countryman also includes chrome applications for the ventilation controls.

Extended MINIMALISM technology for increased driving fun and reduced fuel consumption figures

The petrol and diesel engines available for the new MINI Countryman all meet the EU6 exhaust emissions standard without exception. The high efficiency of the modern 4-cylinder power units and the extended use of MINIMALISM technology also ensure an even more favourable balance between driving fun and fuel consumption. Detailed measures promoting efficiency include optimised air ducting in the area of the underbody, wheel bearings with a lower friction coefficient and tyres with reduced rolling resistance. This means that the figures for acceleration, elasticity and top speed are significantly improved in certain model variants.

The 4-cylinder spark ignition engine used in the MINI Cooper S Countryman with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and variable valve control also sees an increase in output by 5 kW to 140 kW/190 bhp. This leads to a reduction in the figure for acceleration from zero to 100 km/h by 0.1 to 7.5 seconds, while the burst from 80 to 120 km/h in fifth gear now takes just 8.4 seconds - 0.2 seconds less than before - while top speed is increased by 3 km/h to 218 km/h. At the same time, fuel consumption in the EU test cycle in the new MINI Cooper S Countryman is reduced to 6.0 litres per 100 kilometres, while the relevant CO2 emissions drop by three per cent to 139 grams per kilometre.

A similar improvement can be seen in the acceleration and elasticity figures for the new MINI Cooper Countryman with 90 kW/122 bhp. Its average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle drops to 5.9 litres per 100 kilometres (CO2 emissions: 137 g/km). The new MINI One Countryman (72 kW/98 PS) especially increases performance on the interim sprint, while its average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is now just 5.7 litres per 100 kilometres (CO2 emissions: 134 g/km).

The three diesel variants of the new MINI Countryman also feature an increase in both agility and economy. The new 105 kW/143 bhp MINI Cooper SD Countryman sprints in 9.2 seconds (minus 0.1 seconds) from zero to 100 km/h and in 9.7 seconds (minus 0.4 seconds) from 80 to 120 km/h. Its average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle drops to 4.5 litres per 100 kilometres (CO2 emissions: 119 g/km). The new MINI Cooper D Countryman (82 kW/112 bhp) and the new MINI One D Countryman (66 kW/90 bhp) provide more driving fun than ever with elasticity figures increased by 0.4 and 0.3 respectively. The two models see the same extended reduction in terms of fuel consumption and emission figures in the EU test cycle: 4.2 litres per 100 kilometres and 111 g/km.

The all-wheel drive system ALL4 specially developed for MINI is optionally available as an alternative to the brand's characteristic front-wheel drive for the models MINI Cooper S Countryman, MINI Cooper Countryman, MINI Cooper SD Countryman and MINI Cooper D Countryman. The system is based on an electromagnetic centre differential and distributes drive force at continuously variable levels between the front and rear axle.

The ALL4 electronic management system integrated directly in the DSC unit enables power transmission to be altered as required, responding within milliseconds.

All-wheel drive comes as standard with the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman. In this way, the supreme power of its 160 kW/218 bhp turbo engine is transferred to all four wheels so as to ensure maximum traction, ride stability and sporty flair on bends at all time. The extreme driving fun offered by top athlete of the model program has also been further increased in intensity. The time required for the sprint from standing to 100 km/h is reduced by 0.1 seconds to 6.9 seconds, while a time of just 7.7 seconds rather than 7.9 seconds is required for accelerating from 80 to 120 km/h. The maximum speed of the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman is increased by 3 km/h to 228 km/h. Meanwhile, the extreme athlete has also been able to improve its efficiency. Its average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle drops to 7.1 litres per 100 kilometres (CO2 emissions: 165 g/km).

All engines are combined with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. An optional 6-gear automatic transmission is available for all model variants except for the MINI One D Countryman. Shift paddles for manual selection of drive position are another option. A Sport Button is available for all model variants of the new MINI Countryman, allowing activation of a more direct steering and accelerator response.

In conjunction with the automatic transmission, pressing the Sport Button also results in changes to the shift points. In the new MINI Cooper S Countryman this also triggers a particularly striking, sporty engine sound.

Safety at 5-star level, tyre pressure control and daytime driving light now standard

The integrated safety concept of the MINI Countryman guarantees outstanding occupant protection. Its extensive standard features in the area of active and passive safety led to a top score of 5 stars on the Euro NCAP crash test in 2010.

The standard trim of the MINI Countryman now also includes daytime driving light and tyre pressure control. Constant measurement of pressure on each individual tyre means that the driver is given an early warning of potential loss in each tyre.

High-quality equipment, innovative MINI Connected in-car infotainment

The remaining standard equipment of the new MINI Countryman is also at a high level, including air conditioning, MINI Center Rail between the front seats and a high-end radio system comprising CD player with MP3 capability, AUX-in socket and five speakers. In addition there is a modelspecific range of special equipment and accessories to choose from. The high-quality options include xenon headlamps and adaptive turning light, comfort access, panorama glass roof, automatic air conditioning, removable tow hitch with a trailer load of up to 1 200 kilograms, MINI navigation system, multifunction steering wheel with cruise control, Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system and model-specific John Cooper Works accessories.

Another special highlight within the segment of the new MINI Countryman is the wide range of MINI Connected functions for use in conjunction with Radio MINI Visual Boost and the MINI navigation system. It offers extensive integration of smartphones in the car, allowing the use of internet-based services in the areas of infotainment, communication and driver experience. These are provided via apps whose functional diversity is being continuously expanded. There are vehicle-related functions such as Mission Control, Dynamic Music, Driving Excitement and MINIMALISM Analyser as well as various online-based services. Current functions available include web radio, the use of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, foursquare and Glympse, RSS news feed reception and entertainment programs such as AUPEO!, Stitcher, Deezer, Audible, Napster/Rhapsody and TuneIn. Operation is intuitive reflects hallmark MINI style by means of a joystick in the centre console and the on-board computer in the central instrument.

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