The second generation Mini Countryman was unveiled early at the Auto Expo 2018. Deemed as the most-selling iteration under the MINI brand in the country and also, the only MINI car to be assembled in Chennai, India, the new generation of Countryman is now more spacious for its extended wheelbase.
The MINI pavilion at the Auto Expo 2018 saw immense urge from the audience to learn more about its all-new features in the latest generation. The British automotive marque at the Auto Expo 2018 said that the new MINI Countryman will be offered in three variants with two being the petrol variants and one being powered by diesel.
The petrol variants – MINI Countryman Cooper S JCW Inspired and the MINI Countryman Cooper S have their own distinct features with the former offering a rear roof spoiler,]18-inch JCW thrill spoke alloy wheels, ‘Leather Cross Punch’ Sport Seats, Harmon Kardon Hi-Fi Speaker System, MINI Find Mate, and the MINI Wired Package. The latter is rather more focussing on offering technology and features such as an Automatic tailgate, Cruise control, LED Headlight, Fog Light, and Multifunction steering wheel.
On the contrary, the diesel version – MINI Countryman Cooper SD seeing the Indian Shores for the first time boasts the powerful Cooper SD engine which delivers a staggering power of 190 hp and 400 Nm of torque.
The all-new MINI Countryman is powered by an all-new range of petrol and diesel engines developed from the latest MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology offering outstanding performance and efficiency. To speak about the engines, the 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine equipped with TwinPower Turbo Technology offers a fuel-efficient yet powerful drive with a peak output of 192 hp and a maximum torque of 280 Nm. The MINI Countryman Cooper SD 2.0-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine puts out 190 hp of maximum power and a peak torque of 400 Nm. All the three variants come with the standard 8-speed Steptronic Automatic transmission gearbox.
The petrol takes the upper hand by touching the 0-100 kmph barrier in just 7.5 seconds while the diesel takes 7.7 seconds to do the same task. The diesel can reach a top speed of 220 kmph while the petrol tops it to 225 kmph.
With many more features staying back on the list to be mentioned, the all-new MINI Countryman is very spacious and is 20 centimetres longer and 3 centimetres wider than its predecessor. The longer wheelbase will add to the comfort of more leg-room on the back and an extended boot space. The second generation Countryman is expected to be priced at the similar price tag of Rs. 35 lacs as that of the first edition launched in 2010. It will compete with the likes of BMW X1, Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA and the upcoming Volvo V40.