The MINI Countryman

Meet the MINI Countryman, the fourth addition to the MINI family. A sporty crossover vehicle with optional ALL4 all-wheel drive. The most “masculine” vehicle in the MINI family.

Longer and taller, the new MINI Countryman is a genuine crossover vehicle that bridges the gap between the classic MINI and a modern crossover. As with all MINI vehicles, the MINI Countryman offers that unique go-kart handling that customers expect, while allowing the brand to appeal to new customers who require extra space and flexibility.

All-wheel drive • Extra space and versatility
The MINI Countryman is the first vehicle in the MINI lineup to offer four doors and all-wheel drive. It provides more space and extra versatility with a wide-opening tail gate, a slightly elevated seating position and optimized driving comfort.

The optional ALL4 all-wheel drive provides extra capability for motoring enthusiasts who like to explore all types of terrain. In a nutshell, the MINI Countryman offers all the iconic characteristics of the MINI in terms of design, premium quality, handling, efficiency and customization in a new, modern style.

U.S. specs
The Countryman will be available in three versions – Cooper Countryman, Cooper S Countryman and Cooper S Countryman with ALL4 – all of which will be available in early 2011. Final pricing will be announced at a later date, but the base MSRP for the MINI Cooper Countryman will be $22,350 (including $700 D&H), and a well-equipped MINI Cooper S Countryman with ALL4 will be less than $30,000. BMW military sales agents in Europe will offer special military prices.

Exterior design
The MINI Countryman maintains the unique design characteristics and quality of the MINI, while adding new larger body dimensions, greater ground clearance and four doors for those customers who need just a little more MINI. It also features short overhangs, a high window line and windows extending around the entire car, together with proportions typical of the MINI brand.

True crossover
As a genuine crossover, the MINI Countryman measures 161.3 inches in length, with a wheelbase of 102.2 inches and features an interior that offers a new dimension of space and function.

The front of the Countryman is engineered to optimize pedestrian safety. The extra space inside the car is emphasized by extra-large windows, a clever window design behind the C-pillar and the distinctive shape of the roofline. The particularly wide frame around the lower part of the body and the powerfully-flared wheel arches highlight the robust character of the car.

Clever and cute: Mini logo at rear acts as a tail gate release button
For the first time the MINI logo at the rear has a specific function: Pressing the inner circle on the logo allows the MINI owner to release the tail gate, which is hinged at the top.

Optimizing aerodynamic qualities on the MINI Cooper S Countryman
On the MINI Cooper S Countryman the rear air dam works as a diffuser, guiding the flow of air beneath the rear of the car to optimize its aerodynamic qualities. The most powerful model in the range also stands out through its special roof spoiler, a twin-chamber exhaust system and striking openings in the rear wheel arches.

Choice of at least 11 body colors
The MINI Countryman is available with a choice of at least 11 body colors: five non-metallic, and six metallic. All models are available with the roof finished either in Black, White, or as an alternative, Body Color.

Inside the Countryman: innovative interior
The most unique interior feature is the innovative Center Rail system, which extends from the front to the rear replacing a conventional center console. It opens up new, individual options for integrating all kinds of storage boxes, cupholders, external audio devices, mobile telephones and other comfort features. It also offers flexible clip-in elements, enabling the driver and passengers to subdivide the storage boxes individually as required, keeping travel utensils within easy reach. At the same time, the Center Rail forms an unconventional visual and functional connection between the front seats and the rear passenger compartment.

Superior comfort
The MINI Countryman offers superior comfort on long distance drives with generous legroom, headroom and shoulder freedom for all occupants as well as two individual rear seats that are fitted as standard. The rear seats move fore-and-aft 5.1 inches independently, and the backrests may be tilted for angle or folded flat, offering up to 41.3 cu ft of space in the trunk - enough for two mountain bikes with their front wheels removed. Even with the seats in their upright position, the MINI Countryman is able to meet additional space requirements as the rear seat backrests may be moved to a more vertical cargo position increasing luggage space from 12.2–16.5 cubic feet.

And for those who need more options to carry their adventure equipment, a standard low-profile roof rail system gives owners the ability to add a full line of MINI accessories.

Supportive bucket seats
The MINI Countryman comes with supportive bucket seats developed specifically for the Countryman. Sports seats are featured as standard on the MINI Cooper S Countryman (optional on the Cooper) and offer two different combinations of cloth/leather seating as well as various choices of all-leather upholstery as an option. A particular highlight is the top-of-the-line Lounge Leather upholstery that is reminiscent of classy leather seats with piping seen in classic British sports cars.

Ambient lighting
Ambient lighting, which is part of the standard light package, is a highlight of the MINI Countryman’s interior. Providing an indirect lighting effect, ambient lighting creates color highlights throughout the entire door panel in night mode, giving the interior a truly unique atmosphere. Using a toggle switch, the driver and passengers may change the color of the light generated from a warm orange to a sporting blue. Light rods also provide the desired color on the MINI Center Rail from one end to the other making it easier to find objects attached to the Center Rail.

The optional interior color lines provide more opportunities to customize the car by creating different color effects along the door panels, on the center armrest side panels, the lower section of the B-pillar covers and the inserts on the Center Rail itself. The colors available are Carbon Black, Polar Beige, Pure Red, and Dark Tobacco, as well as Surf Blue which is exclusive to the MINI Cooper S Countryman. Trim bars for the cockpit as well as a Chrome Package add discreet gloss to the air vents, the central instrument, the rev counter and the surrounds on the gearshift lever, and provide an even more intense touch of color and style.

More fun with less guilt: dynamic performance with superior fuel economy
The 2011 MINI Countryman features extensively upgraded 1.6 liter, four-cylinder engines, resembling the original MINIs in cylinder number and placement, transversely over the front axle, but far more efficient, cleaner and powerful. Both were developed utilizing BMW Group’s expertise in the field of engine development.

The MINI Cooper Countryman accelerates from 0-60 mph in 9.8 seconds. The MINI Cooper S joins the forces of direct injection and a twin-scroll turbocharger with the power-enhancing and fuel-efficient technology known as Valvetronic, making the engine the most efficient in its displacement class. The MINI Cooper S Countryman accelerates to from 0-60 mph in 7.0 seconds.

The MINI Cooper produces 121 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque, while the MINI Cooper S boasts 181 hp and 177 lb-ft respectively (192 lb-ft with overboost).

Compared with the MINI Cooper, the MINI Cooper S has a more sporting suspension, and as an option both models are available with a sport suspension for an even higher level of driving pleasure.

Despite their high level of dynamic performance and sporting character, both MINIs return superior fuel economy, with the Cooper Countryman having a 2011 EPA fuel economy estimate of 27 City / 35 Highway mpg for a combined EPA estimate of 31 mpg.

The Cooper S Countryman is also very efficient, with EPA 2011 estimates of 25/32 City/Highway for a combined rating of 28 mpg. The Cooper S ALL4 achieves 25 City / 31 Highway / and 27 Combined. All fuel economy numbers are for models equipped with manual transmission.

Six-speed manual transmission or optional automatic transmission
The MINI Cooper, Cooper S and Cooper S ALL4 each come standard with a six-speed manual transmission. An optional six-speed automatic transmission is available that features a sport mode and includes steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters on the Cooper S, allowing the driver to keep both hands on the wheel even during gearshifts.

All MINI models come with a new, self-adjusting clutch. Automatic readjustment ensures that the pedal feel you expect from a MINI is there to be enjoyed over the car’s full service life. The synchronization of the gears is further optimized by a carbon coating for the clutch linings.

EPS Electric Power-assisted Steering
EPS Electric Power-assisted Steering helps make the MINI even more nimble and agile on the road, by delivering speed-related assistance ensuring low steering forces when parking and precise control at high speeds. And when the standard Sport button is depressed, EPS offers a sportier mode that specifically increases steering forces for an even more direct driving experience.

Complete range of safety equipment
Designed for optimum safety in the event of a collision, the MINI Countryman body structure has precisely defined load paths and deformation zones, ensuring passive safety of the highest caliber.

MINIs come with a wide range of safety equipment, including seven standard airbags. Three-point inertia-reel seat belts are fitted for all occupants, with belt latch tensioners and belt force limiters at the front, and LATCH child seat fastenings at the rear – all as standard.

Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) is standard on all models and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) is optional. DTC also includes an EDLC (Electronic Differential Lock) function that controls wheel spin on the drive wheels during acceleration by using front brake force to manage the speed and torque differential between the wheels.

Active safety is enhanced in critical driving situations by the standard anti-lock brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBFD), and Cornering Brake Control (CBC).

Brake Assist detects emergency operation of the brakes and builds up maximum brake pressure very quickly. Hill Assist start-off assistance, in conjunction with DSC, maintains brake pressure for up to three seconds after the brake pedal has been released and before the clutch has been engaged, to prevent the car from rolling back when setting off on an uphill gradient.

All Countryman models feature 205/50 R17 runflat tires as standard for supreme safety and performance in all situations. Available optionally are 18’’ alloy wheels with runflat tires, and 19” wheels can be ordered as a dealer-installed accessory.

For 2011, Adaptive Headlights are available for the first time on a MINI in conjunction with the optional Xenon lights. This technology allows the headlights to follow the line of upcoming corners to ensure maximum illumination of the road surface.

Entertainment and navigation systems
The new audio and navigation systems and optional integration platforms for external music players and mobile phones all offer top-class entertainment and communications capability. All three of the radio system options include an MP3-compatible CD player and AUX IN connection to hook up external music players with the on-board audio system. The standard-fitted MINI CD radio comes with six loudspeakers. The radio now boasts newly designed controls, and the radio’s volume control and station selector are now positioned at the same level.

The MINI Connected and MINI Connected with Navigation systems come with a 6.5-inch high-resolution display in the Center Speedo and a Bluetooth hands-free facility with USB audio interface. The maps for the navigation systems are stored on an on-board flash memory device and can be updated via a USB interface. The map display can be viewed in a day and night mode.

Customize your Countryman - “True You-ification,” Countryman style
The typical MINI range of both exterior and interior customization options is supplemented by new, model-specific features exclusive to the MINI Countryman. New combinations in the range of interior colors, trim strips and upholstery enable even the most discerning customer to create his or her very special car with truly unique character.

Supplementing the car’s standard equipment as well as the options offered by the factory, the new MINI may be further personalized through a wide range of Genuine MINI Accessories.

More than 100 options for roof graphics
By tradition, special roof graphics and mirror caps play an important role in customizing the MINI. The 2011 MINI offers more than 100 options for roof graphics, including the Union Jack, Checkered Flag and the letters “MINI.” Mirror caps and door handle trim with the Union Jack and Checkered Flag motifs highlight the British heritage and sporting DNA of the MINI.

And to take customization to the next level, in 2011 MINI will now offer customers the option to create their own graphics for their vehicle’s “A” panel, roof, side panel, interior and stripes.

Wide range of additional options
The range of options and special equipment includes items such as high-end audio and navigation systems, as well as mobile telephone interfaces – including the option to integrate an Apple iPhone® and other smartphones in the car. Additional options include the dual-pane Panoramic sunroof, Adaptive Headlights in combination with the optional Xenon headlight units, 17” to 18” lightweight-alloy wheels, and sports suspension (which lowers the car by 10 millimeters or almost 0.4 inches). There will also be a range of John Cooper Works Performance Components, including wheels, aero kits, interior and roof rail accessories.

5 stars for the MINI Countryman. The new MINI crossover earns top rating

The MINI Countryman earned a top 5-star score in the latest Euro NCAP crash test results. In this internationally recognised test – which was further tightened in 2009 by the addition of more test criteria – the MINI Countryman put in a convincing performance with its wide range of standard-fitted safety equipment designed to ensure highly effective occupant protection for both adults and children in various types of collision. Alongside the high levels of active and passive safety designed to reduce the risk of injury inside the MINI Countryman, its pedestrian protection measures also played their part in securing the top rating.

In the frontal collision at a speed of up to 64 km/h, which forms part of the Euro NCAP crash test, the passenger cell of the MINI Countryman proved to be extremely stable. Irrespective of the size and sitting position of the passengers, only a slight risk of injury was detected. The MINI Countryman earned the maximum number of points for occupant protection in a side-on collision, while the testers also rated the risk of injury to the cervical vertebrae in a rear-end collision as low. The crash test results were just as positive when it came to the use of seat systems for three-year-old and 18-month-old children. Both in the frontal and the side-on collision, a stable position and minimal head movements at the moment of impact were registered in each case.