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03 May 2018

New Mini Countryman launched

Deliveries to kickstart this June, can be had with petrol and diesel engine options
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Say hello to the all-new Countryman, a car that also happens to be the roomiest Mini yet. Arguably the most practical Mini you could have by Indian-standards, the Countryman gets even bigger on the inside, but thankfully manages to keep its characteristic proportions intact. It still looks very much like a Mini, albeit slightly grown up, mature than ever before.

The Countryman will be available with two engine options – a 2-litre petrol engine and a 2-litre diesel. The petrol mill will make 189bhp and 280Nm, which allows for a 0-100kph time of 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 225kph. The diesel, on the other hand, makes 188bhp and 400Nm, however, it is marginally slower and hits a ton in 7.7 seconds and tops out at 220kph. Both these engines come mated to an 8-speed gearbox. The Countryman will be available in three variants – the Cooper SD gets the diesel motor while the Cooper S and the Cooper S JCW Inspired.

Coming back to the looks, the new Countryman also looks fresh compared to the old one. The face is distinctly Countryman, as is the stance, but the grille headlamps, taillamps and bumpers are new. This Countryman is a ground-up new car and not only gets a lot more features but is also slightly bigger. It is now 200mm longer, and 30mm wider freeing up a lot more space inside the cabin. It also gets driving modes like the other Minis, cruise control, run-flat tyres and a touchscreen infotainment system. Additional features include panorama glass roof, an automatic tailgate, Harman Kardon speakers and a second row that can do a 40:20:40 split to increase its 450 litres of boot space to more than 1300 litres.

With more than fifty per cent of this second-generation ‘Sports Activity Vehicle’ now being localised, the Countryman has been “competitively” priced at Rs 34.9 lakh, ex-India, for the entry-level Cooper S. The visually bolder S JCW will come at a premium of Rs 6.5 lakh over the S, while the Cooper SD costs Rs 37.4 lakh.

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