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2017 MINI Countryman priced from $26,950 in the United States

Do you want to have your MINI customized in the exact way you want it? Well, the brand can do that for you but you have to be willing to pay a small fortune. After the success of the crossover segment, Mini decided to release its second-generation Countryman - this time, with a wide range of equipment to choose from.

The entry-level model comes with a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder with 134 horsepower (99 kW) and 162 pound-feet of torque. As with the top spec that has an engine of 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that can yield 189 horsepower and 207 lb-ft torque, the price begins at $31,950. The standard is a six-speed manual, and to upgrade to an eight-speed automatic, you will have to add $1,500.

The Fully Loaded Package, which costs $6,000, is the most expensive add-on. It’s a combination of all the equipment you’ll get from the Technology Package, Premium Package, and Convenience Package. Plus many more including a luxury Harman Kardon stereo, parking assist, real-time traffic info, power hatch, and heated front seats. And if you want an adaptive cruise control feature, that’s another $1,000 out of your wallet.

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2018 MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) Countryman gets official

Each time that Mini launches a new generation of the Countryman crossover, a John Cooper Works performance version is always expected to follow. When Mini unveiled the next-gen 2017 Mini Countryman at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, people were also expected the carmaker to release a JCW variant – especially that the current generation had one.

Now, it is official. Mini will be offering John Cooper Works version of the new-gen Countryman. Bound for launch for the 2018 model year, the new Mini John Cooper Works Countryman takes the Mini Countryman to a whole new level, both in terms of looks and performance. Mini is planning to unveil the new Mini John Cooper Works Countryman to the global public the Shanghai Motor Show in April 2017, with sales in the United States set to commence in the same month.

Even at a glance, the new Mini John Cooper Works Countryman exudes a fusion of athleticism and versatility. It is also laden with a number of features that distinguish it from a typical Countryman. Measuring 169.8 inches in length, 71.7 inches in width and 61.3 inches in height, this performance version of the Mini Countryman has been given a number of model-specific features like the John Cooper Works Aerodynamic Kit. This kit includes the large air intakes in the front apron and a model-specific roof spoiler. The Mini John Cooper Works Countryman is also provided with LED units as headlights.

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2018 MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) Countryman rendered

Let’s just admit it – the MINI Countryman John Cooper Works is a crossover that is not just hot-looking but is also an elegant sporty performer. This is why each time that Mini unveils a new Countryman crossover, sporty minded customers are already watching out for the John Cooper Works performance version of this vehicle.

Just recently, Mini unveiled the next generation Mini Countryman – starting 2017 model year -- at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. And since the previous generation had a JCW version for almost every model year, the next-generation Countryman is also heavily expected to have its own variant. Right now, Mini is probably in the final stages of completing the John Cooper Works version of the Countryman. Not a few are expecting that the Countryman that has been tested at the Nurburgring throughout the year is the next JCW version.

However, it remains a mystery how the next Mini Countryman John Cooper Works would look like. At the Nurburgring, the Mini Countryman believed to be the JCW was wrapped in camouflage so the appearance of this performance-oriented version was far from being totally exposed. However, the camouflaged Mini Countryman clearly reveals larger air intakes on the front bumper, new side skirts, a modified rear bumper and newly designed alloy wheels.

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4-door MINI Countryman Coupe set to arrive in 2018, will take slot left by Paceman

Back in 2011, Mini introduced what was then the Mini Paceman Concept at the North American International Auto Show and not long after, the British automaker brought this subcompact, three-door crossover SUV to production. The production model was unveiled in 2012 with similar choices as those of the Countryman, ranging from a two- or four-wheeled version to a 1.6-liter petrol or diesel engine and a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder diesel-powered engine.

BMW then announced in early 2015 that the Mini Paceman will no longer continue its line of quirky crossovers. It was reported in September that this unconventional crossover SUV will go out of production by the end of this year, leaving behind only three generations.

However, a new report from AutoExpress says that a “spiritual successor” of the Mini Paceman might be introduced in 2018. We learned this after an interview with BMW Group design chief Adrian van Hooydonk hinting that the British automaker is considering a new lineup for the Countryman which will serve as an “indirect replacement” for the Paceman and will be named the Countryman coupe.

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MINI is giving out an early Christmas treat for their fans – a brand new hybrid drivetrain for its first hybrid model complete with an electric range of 24 miles and a 1.5-liter turbo-three engine.

It is by far, the most important feature of the second-generation Mini Countryman, built from the experience of creating the all-electric Mini E as well as the lessons learned from BMW’s i3 and i8 plug-in vehicles. Complete with all the functionalities of a standard car as well as an all-wheel-drive capability, the new Cooper S E Countryman is made extra special with a healthy dose of efficiency.

This new plug-in electric vehicle is installed with a dual-powertrain setup in such a way that a turbocharged, 1.5-liter inline-three engine sits right under its hood while an electric motor sits pretty right under the luggage floor around the back of the car. The former is capable of producing 134 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque, with all of this power sent to the front wheels via its six-speed automatic transmission.

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MINI revealed that it will be premiering its 2017 Countryman during the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, specifically on November 18, 2016. The MINI, as a brand, has long been known for following tradition. With the 2017 MINI Countryman, the brand is revealing what may be the most versatile and, likely, the biggest, offering in its 57 years of operation.

In addition to being newly developed, the 2017 Countryman shows innovations when it comes to premium qualities, a sporty appearance, space, and functionality. Through this new model, the brand hopes to move its strategy forward under the premium compact segment.

When fitted with the all-wheel drive system the MINI Countryman is able to attain excellent figures with regards to efficiency. The all-wheel drive is available to all engine types as an option. This newest AWD boasts of being compact while being able to deliver on a new level when it comes to internal efficiency. The brand revealed that the AWD system can even react fast and do so in a precise manner should the situation change.

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Mini has just provided the world with a preview of its first hybrid model that employs petrol-electric power to propel its wheels. Derived from the second generation of the Mini Countryman that is bound to be released for the 2017 model year, the Mini plug-in hybrid would mark the brand’s first entry into a system of propulsion that employs not only a conventional engine, but also an electric motor.

The preview of Mini’s first hybrid vehicle – albeit in camouflaged form – was conducted by Sebastian Mackensen, head of Mini brand management, and Peter Wolf, head of Mini series management preview. This preview comes as the new Mini hybrid is now in the final phases of series development. This means that soon enough, there will be a new hybrid version of the Mini among the brand’s elegant offerings.

At a glimpse, it would be difficult to recognize the prototype as a hybrid model since Mini has discreetly integrated the charging socket for the high-voltage battery in the left Side Scuttle. To start the Mini hybrid, the driver just has to press the yellow start/stop button in the center of the dashboard. Making use of the electric motor’s silent operation, the Mini hybrid is set to start in electric mode, provided that the battery has enough electric charge.

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Lithium ion batteries powering the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and Nissan Leaf EV managed to pass their first Insurance Institute for Highway Safety small-overlap front crash tests with no reported issues. While battery of the Leaf survived the small overlap test, it still scored a poor rating after getting significant damage that makes drivers gain left knee, thigh and lower leg injuries.

The Volt scored an acceptable rating in the small-overlap test. It went on its way to receive the institute's only Top Safety Pick+ overall award after this round of testing.

IIHS grants Top Safety Pick+ designation to a vehicle that has earned a good or acceptable rating in the small-overlap test; a good rating on the institute's other four tests; and advanced or superior ratings for front crash prevention.

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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.

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MINI is offering Frozen Black metallic paint as an exclusive new variant of exterior paint finishes for its existing models. It is available as a limited edition colour for the range-topping MINI Countryman and MINI Paceman models. This paint has a textured, shimmering matt finish, giving it a look that’s stunning and expressive.

The models that can get this new colour and finish include the MINI Cooper S Countryman, MINI Cooper SD Countryman, MINI Cooper S Paceman, MINI Cooper SD Paceman, MINI John Cooper Works Countryman and MINI John Cooper Works Paceman. This Frozen Black metallic paint finish is formed with the use of a complex manufacturing process that only comes from the BMW Group.

This special painting process, which features not only innovative technology but also an excellent manual craftsmanship, is currently being applied for the first time by Austrian production partner Magna Steyr in Graz where the MINI Paceman and MINI Countryman are built.

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For those who often have a hard time getting a good overnight accommodation while on the road, sleeping on the vehicle seems the most ideal solution. This solution is even made more ideal with MINI’s newest offering – the MINI Countryman ALL4 Camp. The MINI Countryman ALL4 Camp features an innovative roof-top tent provides a simple and practical sleeping solution.

All a sleepy driver needs to climb up his vehicle, fold out the tent from it storage box and plump up the pillows! The roof-top tent on the MINI Countryman ALL4 Camp has space enough for two occupants, which means a driver does not need to worry about the sleeping needs of a riding companion.

After a good night of sleep, a driver just has to fold back the roof-top tent back into its back. Its exterior is painted in Absolute Black metallic with white stripes to match the car where its sits.

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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.

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A special edition model from MINI and John Cooper Works was recently launched in celebration of the win in the Dakar Rally 2013 of French duo, Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret. Dubbed the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4 Dakar Winner 2013, this model is meant to commemorate the duo’s success in driving the MINI ALL4 Racing to being declared the overall winner in the toughest rally event in the world for the second straight year.

This is a limited-edition model that pays homage to its rally inspiration. Eleven samples of this model will be built, representing Peterhansel’s 11 wins at Dakar. It comes with exclusive design and equipment features. The inspiration for the special edition model is the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, the first model from the brand to merge racing powertrain and chassis technology with the all-wheel-drive system that has proven its capability in races.

ALL4 offers optimum traction and directional stability in all weather as well as under-wheel conditions. It also provides a significant increase in agility via dynamically taken corners.

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Car rental company Europcar has added the MINI Countryman to its prestige fleet. Starting at the end of November, Europeans could have access to the MINI Countryman from any of its network of locations in the United Kingdom. The car rental service prides itself as a provider of latest vehicles for rent, giving customers the widest possible choice -- this was demonstrated when the company added the MINI Countryman to its rental fleet.

Europcar now offers the MINI Cooper SD, MINI Cooper S Convertible, MINI Cooper D Convertible and the MINI Cooper SD Countryman. The critically acclaimed Countryman is the first four-door MINI that provides the same style and fun while adding more space and practicality.

The MINI Countryman features the classic MINI design and responsive handling as well as more space for added luxury. Considered as an ideal city car, the MINI Countryman boasts of having ample room for luggage for either country retreats or business trips, while riding on a stylish set of wheels.

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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.

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Mini’s Countryman John Cooper Works edition costs $35,550. Customers would be paying for its speed-boosting features. The most significant addition to the small crossover is the standard ALL4 all-wheel-drive system. This means that it’s the first JCW model to get the technology. It uses an electromagnetic center differential that evenly distributes power between the front and rear wheels.

However, it could also direct power to where the car could get the highest benefit. What powers the all-wheel-drive setup is a twin-scroll turbocharged 1.6-liter four pot engine that produces 208 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque. The standard equipment includes a six-speed manual gearbox. But what’s offered as an option is a six-speed automatic with Steptronic function and steering wheel shift paddles.

The car can sprint from zero to 60mph in just seven seconds. Mini also claims that the model can return around 31 mpg. To boost the performance, the JCW Countryman features MacPherson struts in the front. Meanwhile, a central-arm rear axle was adapted particularly for the sporty model.

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MINI is introducing the latest member of its John Cooper Works range -- the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, which promises to provide race-bred excitement coupled with driving exhilaration brought by its all-wheel-drive transmission setup. The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman is powered by a newly developed four-cylinder turbocharged engine.

Considered to be the most powerful engine in the MINI model range, this 1.6-litre power plant could provide up to 160 kW/218 hp of output and 280 Nm/207 lb-ft of peak torque, which could be increased up to 300 Nm/221 lb-ft with overboost.

The engine powering the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman is made using construction principles and materials tailored particularly from race-trim cars. The engine is a combination of twin-scroll turbocharger, petrol direct injection and fully variable valve management that is based on BMW Group’s VALVETRONIC technology.

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After the latest mules for the next-generation Mini Countryman were seen, we finally get an idea of how BMW will expand its third-generation Mini range and add to its current seven models. It’s likely that a new Mini family MPV, which is also known as Spacebox, will be added to the lineup.

This would permit the Mini Countryman to have a more SUV-like appearance instead of a family vehicle and to be a sister model to the second-generation BMW X1.

Mini has not been candid about what its plans are to expand the Mini range further. It is expected that the Countryman will be replaced by two models since the Countryman isn’t a proper SUV or a utility family car.

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MINI has added more models to the lineup of John Cooper Works offered to customers. This marks the first time ever that all-wheel drive can be experienced with MINI racing-inspired thrills. The worldwide launch of MINI John Cooper Works is set in autumn 2012. The MINI John Cooper Works Countryman will be offered as standard equipment with the all-wheel-drive system dubbed ALL4.

In addition, it is fitted with a recently developed four-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers 211 hp. With this new combination, the driver is guaranteed extreme driving enjoyment on all types of terrain. The John Cooper Works Countryman can be ordered with a six-speed automatic gearbox as another option to the standard six-speed manual – the first model from John Cooper Works model to be available with such option.

The first five-seater from MINI – the Countryman – actually already has the racing genes that display the character of each MINI. But with the help of John Cooper Works, these models are able to showcase their finest features even better. The new engine and the MINI ALL4 all-wheel-drive system raise the output further and also lends a remarkable style.

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In a recent interview, Jim McDowell a.k.a. MINI U.S. boss revealed the fact that the coupe version of the four-door Countryman crossover dubbed Countryman Coupe will hit the U.S. shores in the first quarter of 2013. As you may remember, this car was unveiled at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show in the concept form and was called the Paceman.

The new MINI Countryman Coupe will take on the Land Rover Evoque, which was recently named the 2012 Truck Of The Year, and promises to boost MINI sales to new records.

Although McDowell didn’t give us any details regarding the new model we do expect to see plenty of styling elements borrowed from the Paceman Concept.

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