New 2017 MINI Countryman driving through mountains

Driving Fun for Every Occasion.

THE NEW MINI COUNTRYMAN.

The new MINI Countryman is the biggest and most versatile model in the brand’s 57-year history and will arrive in Australia in early 2017. Having been completely overhauled, it now reflects considerable advancements in the areas of space, functionality, athletic flair and premium characteristics. The new MINI Countryman achieves its unique standing due to its powerfully expressive design, efficiently shaped bodywork and in particular its unmatched driving agility. The latest version of the all-wheel drive system ALL4 ensures driving fun beyond paved roads, too.

Some of the key innovations that can be found within the new MINI Countryman include:

20 centimetres longer than its predecessor with five fully-fledged seats, a clear increase in space and versatility.

The new MINI Countryman is some 20 centimetres longer and approximately 3 centimetres wider than the current generation, which is now in run-out, its wheelbase has also been extended by 7.5 centimetres. This growth results in significantly increased space on five fully- fledged seats as well as a definite increase in storage volume and luggage transport versatility. The raised seating position ensures an excellent view and hallmark driving fun whilst the rear seats can be shifted longitudinally by up to 13 centimetres. The folding rear backrest offers a 40 : 20 : 40 split and also provides a variable tilt angle so as to be able to either increase seating comfort or gain additional storage space at the rear. The luggage compartment volume is 450 litres and can be extended as required to a total of 1,309 litres.

Electrical tailgate control as well as touchless opening and closing of the tailgate.

The optional electric tailgate control makes touchless opening and closing of the tailgate possible in conjunction with Comfort Access. Whilst the unique option of the Picnic Bench – a flexible surface that folds out of the luggage compartment – provides seating for two people, perfect for taking a break on another city escape.

New generation of engines and gearboxes, efficiency-optimised all-wheel drive system ALL4.

The latest generation of engines and transmissions gives the new MINI Countryman a perceptible increase in temperament as well as measurable improvements in terms of driving performance figures. The new version of the all-wheel drive system ALL4 not only reacts quickly and precisely to changing situations, it is also compact and offers a high level of internal efficiency. It consists of a power take-off unit integrated in the front axle differential, a propeller shaft leading to the rear axle and a hang-on clutch that ensures precisely measured transmission of the drive torque to the rear wheels.

Central instrument with touchscreen function for the first time.

Inside the cockpit of the new MINI Countryman, the driver not only has the option to use the Touch Controller on the centre console but also an 8.8-inch colour screen in the central instrument with a new graphic design. It is also a touchscreen, allowing functions to be selected and adjusted at the tip of the finger.

MINI Country Timer measures driving fun over demanding terrain.

The MINI Country Timer registers all travel over sloping, uneven, unsurfaced and snow-covered roads and tracks. As soon as the new MINI Countryman moves on demanding terrain, the type and extent of the challenge are detected and shown on the display in the central instrument by means of graphics. “The driver can then read off on the on-board computer how long and how intensively they have driven over this type of surface,” explains Julius Schluppkotten, MINI Countryman project manager. The driving situation is analysed based on data supplied by the control unit of the Dynamic Stability Control function. In this way it is possible to observe how fast and how persistent the new MINI Countryman is surpassing the status of “Street Cruiser” and striving to achieve the “Cliff Champ” category.

Even with its model designation, the new edition of the MINI Countryman remains firmly rooted in the tradition of the British brand. A particularly versatile variant of the classic MINI once bore the same name back in the 1960s. Just like the identically constructed Morris MINI Traveller, the Austin Seven Countryman had a highly versatile interior, and the version with wood frame panelling – popularly known as “Woody” – attained cult status that it continues to enjoy to this day. The MINI Countryman likewise offered additional ways of enjoying the brand’s hallmark driving fun when it was launched in 2010. It was the first MINI with four doors, a large tailgate, five seats and optional all-wheel drive and a total of more than 540000 were sold worldwide.

Final specifications and pricing for the new MINI Countryman in Australia have not yet been confirmed however register your interest today to be kept up to date in the lead up to its arrival in early 2017.

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