INTRODUCING THE BIGGEST, MOST ADVENTUROUS MINI YET: THE NEW MINI COUNTRYMAN◾First ever plug-in hybrid available on Countryman as Cooper S E ALL4 variant
◾World Premiere of all three variants at Los Angeles International Auto Show
◾Cooper and Cooper S go on sale in March 2017, while Cooper S E ALL4 plug-in hybrid goes on sale in June 2017
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – October 25, 2016 – MINI ÚSA introduced today the biggest, most adventurous MINI ever, the all-new 2017 MINI Countryman. That's not all. For the first time ever, a MINI model will be offered as a plug-in hybrid, combining the best of both worlds. The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 will be powered by both a three-cylinder MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology gasoline engine and an electric hybrid synchronous motor. All three of the new MINI Countryman variants will make their World Premiere at the Los Angeles International Auto Show at a press conference on Wednesday, November 16th, at 11:50 am PDT.
The all-new MINI Countryman has been completely redesigned and reengineered from the ground up, yet still is instantly identifiable as a MINI. Now incorporating BMW Group engine technology and vehicle architecture, the all-new MINI Countryman offers an all-turbocharged engine lineup wîth outstanding acceleration and the go-kart driving dynamics that MINI owners have come to know and love – especially when experienced wîth the added traction that comes from the latest generation of ALL4 all-wheel drive. At the same time, this new architecture delivers excellent ride quality and enables the most spacious MINI interior ever.
'The new MINI Countryman is not only the largest MINI we've ever built, but it's also the most technologically advanced and most versatile MINI of our product line up,' said Thomas Felbermair, Vice President MINI of the Americas. 'The addition of the plug-in hybrid option is a major milestone for the brand and we look forward to bringing this exciting new vehicle into one of the top performing market §egmènts.'
Fun to drive
The benefits from the BMW Group engine technology are evident across both the Cooper and Cooper S variants, wîth the new three-cylinder MINI TwinPower turbocharged engine on the MINI Cooper Countryman delivering 42 percent more torque than its predecessor, just shy of the outgoing Cooper S variant. The MINI Cooper Countryman can also hit 0 – 60 mph 1.6 seconds more quickly than did its predecessor, and for the first time, can be matched wîth ALL4 all-wheel drive. Meanwhile, wîth 207 ft-lbs on tap, the turbocharged four-cylinder engine on the MINI Cooper S Countryman nearly matches the torque output of the outgoing MINI John Cooper Works Countryman.
As the most adventurous MINI ever built, traction and performance in all kinds of conditions, wet or dry, rugged or smooth, straight or curvy, the new MINI Countryman benefits from the all-new ALL4 all-wheel drive system. The fully automatic system seamlessly delivers power to the wheels that grip and reacts to road conditions in as little as .25 seconds, wîth no action required by the driver or passenger.
The biggest MINI ever means more space for cargo, people and anything else needed for your next big adventure. Not only does the all-new MINI Countryman offer cavernous cargo space – an increase of 30 percent compared to the outgoing generation – but wîth sliding, folding rear seats, a high roofline, and an adjustable trunk floor, it offers an incredibly flexible, versatile one too. The new MINI Countryman now has more front and rear legroom, front and rear headroom and rear seat shoulderroom than many of the major competitors in its class.
Pre-Outfitted wîth Premium Features
Although the new MINI Countryman continues the MINI tradition of offering an incredible array of possibilities for custom configuration, some customers may find that the car is already loaded before they've added any options. Every MINI Countryman will come standard with:
◾an expansive Panorama Sunroof
◾Sensatec Leatherette Úpholstery
◾Comfort Access keyless entry
◾MINI Connected infotainment system wîth 6.5-inch high-resolution display
◾Rear View Camera wîth guidelines
◾Rear Park Distance Control (parking sensors)
◾Bluetooth supporting Telephone, Audio Streaming, and Siri Eyes Free
◾Automatic Headlights and Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers
◾Fore-and-Aft Sliding Rear Seats wîth Reclining and 40:20:40 Split-Folding Backrests
◾17-inch light alloy wheels (Cooper) or 18-inch light alloy wheels (Cooper S)
Models wîth ALL4 all-wheel drive also come standard wîth heated seats. Cooper S models (with and without ALL4) come wîth standard LED headlights and daytime running lights, bolstered sport seats, and 18-inch light alloy wheels.
In addition to the standard features highlighted above, the new MINI Countryman features a number of options to improve the overall experience for the driver and passenger using a completely new generation of technology. A Technology Package includes a new 8.8-inch touchscreen navigation system, driven by MINI Connected 5.0, a redesigned and new-generation user interface and operating system, as well as Qi wireless device charging capability and MINI Find Mate Bluetooth tags.
The option to plug-in
The biggest, most adventurous MINI ever built will also be the most technologically advanced MINI when the brand launches its first ever plug-in hybrid model, the new MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4, in June 2017. Behind the scenes, a 3-cylinder gasoline engine works in tandem wîth a powerful electric motor to produce a combined peak output of 221 hp, wîth the e-rear axle enabling all-season ALL4 traction – but for drivers, Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 simply means high-tech Motoring fun.
It's the perfect vehicle for city dwellers who wish to enjoy the benefits of purely electric mobility when commuting between home and work every day, for example, while at the same time benefiting from unlimited long-distance suitability on the weekend.
The new MINI Countryman will go on sale in March 2017 at MINI dealers across the Ú.S. wîth the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 plug-in hybrid following in June 2017. Pricing for the Ú.S. market will be announced at a later date.
About MINI in the ÚS
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|Engine : 1.5 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 134 hp
Torque: 162 ft-lbs
6-speed Automatic, 6-speed Manual, 8-speed Automatic
MINI is an independent brand of the BMW Group. In the Únited States, MINI ÚSA operates as a business unit of BMW of North America, LLC, located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey and includes the marketing and sales organizations for the MINI brand. The MINI ÚSA sales organization is represented in the Ú.S. through a network of 126 MINI passenger car dealers in 39 states. MINI ÚSA began selling vehicles in the Ú.S. in 2002 wîth the introduction of the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S Hardtops. Since then, the MINI Brand in the Ú.S. has grown to encompass a model range of four unique vehicles.