The Mini Countryman was first launched in 2012, it was a larger 5-Door alternative to the 2-Door Mini hatchback; sporty, dynamic, spacious, convenient, luxurious and infinitely customisable. The Mini Countryman Cooper D was a sensation in the market when it was launched in 2013, while the two petrol Cooper S variants launched earlier were soon discontinued. BMW, which owns the Mini brand, has started launching the renewed Mini model range in India; it began with the Mini 3-Door hatch, Mini 5-Door hatch and Mini Cooper S late last year, and now the new Mini Countryman is here.
This time Mini is only launching the Countryman Cooper D variant in the market, it is being imported into the country as CBU (completely built-up) units unlike the last time where it was assembled locally and it is priced at Rs. 36.5 Lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.
Mini has had to reposition the Countryman as a lifestyle vehicle which offers more space, flexibility and soft-roading capability than the Mini hatch range while maintaining the qualities of superb build-quality, unique and exciting design, great handling characteristics etc. which are the hallmark of the Mini brand.
In terms of exterior design, the updated Mini Countryman gets subtle changes all around. This includes a reworked bonnet which gets a new power-dome, a new hexagonal grille which gets large twin-horizontal slats replacing the earlier three slats, new LED fog-lamps, silver-highlighted front and rear skid plates, silver side-skirt highlights and new 17-inch alloy wheels. 11 paint options are available, 2 non-metallic and 9 metallic, along with a plethora of customised options to help customers create their own unique-looking car.
Inside, the design changes are limited to slightly re-done door pad design. Flexibility is enhanced thanks to the new 40:20:40 split rear seats. New optional equipment, including a 6.5-inch central display, smartphone connectivity app and panoramic sunroof add to the luxurious feel of the cabin.
Mini has not made many changes in terms of mechanicals of the Countryman. The engine is still a turbocharged 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder diesel unit developing 113PS @ 4000rpm and 270Nm between 1750-2250rpm. It is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, this is the only transmission option available. Optional paddle shifters can be installed to give the Countryman a sporty feel. Power is sent to the front wheels.
The updated Mini Countryman goes up against the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, Volvo V40 Cross Country among others.
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