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.
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.
Countryman concept draws a clear line between the new model and MINI's existing offering. This new path is embodied in its poised body design. At 4,097 mm (161.3") long (MINI Cooper S Countryman: 4,110 mm/161.8"), 1,789 mm (70.4") wide, and 1,561 mm (61.5") high, the four-doored body blends the normal brand dimensions with greater ground clearance and a higher seat positioning. The MINI Countryman brings the classic MINI closer to the modern sports activity vehicle.
Like the greater possibilities that are available from the MINI Countryman’s pioneering body ideals, its styling embraces MINI’s further developing its distinct design ethos. The new model highlights new interpretations of the classic MINI design.
These include the stunning three-levels of body, greenhouse, and roof, the front fascia (sculptured by large headlamps, hexagon radiator grille, and erect windscreen), the vertical rear light stacks, and the flowing rear contours that widen from roof to wheel.
Classic MINI design touches like the head and rear lights combined like islands in the body, the side scuttle between the front wing and door, and the greenhouse narrowing back to the rear also clearly identify the Countryman as a MINI. But still, the game-changing styling creates a singular appeal.