Adventurers will love this roof tent built by Autohome for the MINI Countryman

Article by Christian A., on May 3, 2017

Are you the type who loves traveling and exploring? Or are you one of those people who go on out of town trips spontaneously? If you are, we think this is the perfect car for you. Photos of the new MINI Countryman have been circulating around the net, and it is looking cooler than ever.

The British automaker says that this model is about the spirit of discovery. And we totally agree with them. MINI Countryman fits five passengers, it has a huge trunk capacity, an optional all wheel drive system, and now, it adds comfort and a more homey vibe to its passengers with its convertible roof tent.

Mini collaborated with Autohome to come up with this genius idea. Autohome is an Italian company that has been around for over 50 years, with a specialization in roof tents for automobiles. The inspiration of the design comes from both Mini’s product portfolio, combined with Autohome’s signature design.

Customers can order this roof tent directly from Mini dealerships. So far, it is only compatible with the new Countryman and are available in two colours, white and black. There are only two colours available as these shades complement the contrasting colours of the outside mirror caps and the roof of the crossover.

When the tent is not in use, it is compact just like a conventional transport box, and is aerodynamically designed and for lower fuel consumption. Instead of putting it over your roof rails like surfboards, the tent is actually installed on the crossover’s standard roof rails for extra security. When being used, the tent will automatically raise when the safety clasps are released (two at the front, and one at the back), thanks to the four gas pressure springs. It’s that simple, no need for extra tools.

The waterproof tent measures over 3 feet (94 centimeters) high. Not only will this protect you from the rain and the heat as it also reduces noise due to its high-quality fabric that offers “optimum ventilation and insulating properties”. The four outer walls are all made of this special fabric. Inside, the tent comes with complete battery operated LED interior light and a high-density mattress with cotton cover for added comfort.

To make you feel more secure, there are two windows with zips, mosquito nets, and two doors instead of one. There are also luggage nets and pockets where you can keep your personal items safe. Of course, the tent comes with a solid aluminum ladder so you can easily climb up to your “home”.

So if you enjoy camping, you and your friends can get yourselves a Countryman with a roof tent and you’re all set to embark on your next adventure.

Press Release

For everyone who wants to get away – and aim high: the AUTOHOME roof tent for the new MINI Countryman

The new MINI Countryman arouses the spirit of discovery. With generous space for up to five occupants and their luggage as well as the optional all-wheel drive system ALL4, the latest generation of the British premium brand’s all-rounder is perfectly equipped for outings that go far beyond the limits of urban mobility and asphalted roads. And in the eventuality that not just the road comes to an end but the day, too, there is now even the option of a place to spend the night – for entirely spontaneous use. The Italian specialist AUTOHOME has expanded its product range to include a roof tent that perfectly matches both the look of the new MINI Countryman and the current MINI brand design.

A special edition of the AirTop roof tent model was designed in cooperation with the MINI Design Team and is now available directly from the manufacturer in black or white in keeping with the contrasting colours for roof and outside mirror caps for the new MINI Countryman. AUTOHOME has more than 50 years of experience in developing and making automobile roof tents and its products are used both in the leisure sector and on professional expeditions.

Mounting the mobile shelter is facilitated by the standard roof rails on the new MINI Countryman. This allows you to use the model-specific roof rail carrier – available from the MINI Shop as a MINI Original Accessory. The roof tent attachment system can be mounted on this carrier in a few easy moves without the need for tools. This roof rail carrier provides a solid foundation for the roof tent attachment, which is fixed stably and securely using the steel clamps included.

When closed, the roof tent is barely distinguishable from a conventional transport box. The aerodynamically optimised lines of its fibre-glass housing ensure a reduction in air resistance and wind noise. Opening it is simply a matter of releasing the safety clasps – two at the front and one at the rear. The tent superstructure is then automatically raised by means of four gas pressure springs.

The interior height of the mobile accommodation unit is 94 centimetres. With a stable cover and outer walls in special high-quality fabric, the tent is not only rain proof but also offers optimum ventilation properties as well as a high level of heat and noise insulation. The features of the roof tent include a high-density mattress with cotton cover, two doors and two windows with zips, close-meshed mosquito nets at all openings and a battery-operated LED interior light, as well as luggage nets and pockets to stow personal items. A solid aluminium ladder is provided to climb up onto the top floor of the MINI Countryman.

With its powerful engine, the all-wheel drive system ALL4 and a permitted towing capacity of up to 1 800 kilograms, the new MINI Countryman is also suitable for towing a caravan. But it is the roof tent that perfectly preserves the brand’s time-honoured principle of getting the maximum space out of a minimum surface area. The sleeping area for all those MINI fans who want to get away during the day and aim high at night measures 2.10 in length and 1.30 metres in width – sufficient to accommodate outdoor overnight stays for two. It provides a home for wherever the occupants of the new MINI Countryman happen to feel comfortable at any given time. Whether in the countryside, on the beach or in the mountains – wherever the new MINI Countryman conquers new terrain, its roof provides a tent pitch in a top location.

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