Mini unveils updated 2015 Countryman


With the introduction of the new 2015 Mini Hardtop earlier this year, the Countryman has received a mid-cycle refresh in anticipation of an expected redesign in a couple of years. The exterior was updated with styling that is closer to the new Hardtop but is still easily recognized as a Countryman. On hand are new trim pieces, grille, LED lighting, wheels, colors, and interior tweaks. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that the 2015 Countryman has been given the ergonomic updates that the Hardtop received like the switching moves (window switches to the doors, etc.) and the face front speedo. But what you do get is a good-looking ute that has available All4 all-wheel drive, four doors (five with the hatch), decent fuel efficiency (where are the diesels for the US Mini?), and Mini's premium compact experience. The Countryman will come in Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works flavors with All 4 available on all models. Typical of Mini (and corporate-parent BMW), there are numerous options and packages to outfit your Countryman how you like it and can afford. For more info, check out the two press releases and pics after the jump. The 2015 Mini Countryman is expected at your local dealer this fall.
 
Source: Mini - Press releases (2) and pics (6) after the jump.

 










Press Release:
MINI USA Unveils 2015 MINI Countryman with World Premiere at New York International Auto Show

  • MINI Countryman is currently the second highest selling model in the U.S. by volume, led only by the MINI Hardtop
  • New safety and functional features enhance the premium crossover model
  • Expanded range of paint finishes now includes Jungle Green metallic, Midnight Grey metallic, and Starlight Blue metallic
The model year 2015 MINI Countryman has pursued its path to success both on and off-road. The first MINI with four doors, a large tailgate, five seats and optional all-wheel drive now gives an additional boost to the brand's advance into the premium compact segment. Selective design modifications for the exterior and interior, as well as innovative equipment features contribute to the more mature charisma and increased appeal of the new MINI Countryman. This gives it a more pronounced profile as an all-round talent for versatile mobility and an active lifestyle, both in city traffic and beyond.

With striking body design accents, refined premium characteristics in the interior and extensive safety features, the new MINI Countryman specifically emphasises all the strengths that account for its exceptional standing within the competitive field. Built at Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria, the MINI Countryman is now an important pillar of growth for MINI with 350,000 units already sold worldwide. MINI USA sold over 62,000 units since the launch in 2010 and the model represents about 30% of the MINI USA sales volume. The compact model has everything it takes to attract new target groups to the characteristic motoring fun and distinctive style of the premium British brand.

The all-wheel drive system ALL4 specially developed for MINI continues to be available for the MINI Cooper S Countryman. It comes as standard with the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman. The top athlete of the model family also lines up for the start to coincide with the market launch of the new MINI Countryman in summer 2014.


Exterior: striking accentuations for enhanced presence and distinctive style.

The distinctive appearance of the MINI Countryman derives from its dimensions, four doors, large tailgate and specific roof shape as well as an individual interpretation of the brand's hallmark proportions and design features.

In the new MINI Countryman, both model-specific and hallmark brand elements are given additional emphasis. The upright front section instantly conveys a powerful presence, while a newly designed structure for the characteristic hexagonal radiator grill now further underscores this impression. A horizontal radiator grill rib finished in chrome in the new MINI Cooper S Countryman along with a curved "S" in red now help give the front view a clear, purist expression to ensure instant recognition. The front section of the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman features a red radiator grill rib supplemented with the John Cooper Works logo. On the Cooper variant the radiator grill is now subdivided by two ribs and is finished in matte silver.

The robust yet versatile character of the new MINI Countryman is also given intense emphasis. In conjunction with the all-wheel drive system ALL4, all visual underride guard elements for the front and rear apron as well as for the side sill area are now included as standard (exception: MINI John Cooper Works Countryman). These focus more strikingly on the ground clearance of the MINI Countryman, indicating its potential for driving fun away from paved roads. They are also optionally available for front-wheel drive models.

The range of exterior paint finishes has been expanded with the addition of Jungle Green metallic and Midnight Grey metallic, and Starlight Blue metallic paint is now available on the MINI Countryman for the first time.

A contrasting paint finish for the roof and exterior mirror caps in black or white is available on request and at no extra charge for all model variants. A contrasting paint finish in red is likewise offered free of charge exclusively for the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman. There are also Sport Stripes and bonnet stripes in a variety of colors to choose from.

Another customization option available for MINI for the first time is the new Piano Black Exterior. It comprises a paint finish in high-gloss black for selected surfaces, thereby providing novel emphasis not only for the car's characteristic features but also for the proportions of the MINI Countryman. In addition to the surrounds of the headlamps and rear lights finished in chrome as standard, a high-end dark shading is applied to the diagonal links between the A columns and front wheel arches, the roof rails and the cross-ribs in the radiator grill of the MINI Cooper Countryman.
 
New alloy wheels with reduced weight, LED fog lights.

Adaptations to the wheel rim program contribute to increased agility in the new MINI Countryman. The 17-inch light alloy wheels in the new 5-Star Triangle Spoke Design for the MINI Cooper and Cooper S Countryman are lighter than their predecessors and give this compact SAV a rugged look. They are also optionally available in a two-color design. Another new addition are the LED fog lights with parking and daytime driving lights in LED - available as an optional extra for the first time (standard for Cooper S and John Cooper Works models). They provide an intense, bright white light with a much higher level of energy efficiency than conventional headlamps. The structure of their light sources in full LED technology also helps make the front view of the new MINI Countryman striking and instantly recognizable. This light can be used to improve visibility in fog and is generated by three LED units arranged horizontally at the centre of the cluster, radiated across the entire surface of the headlamp. The daytime driving light takes the form of a luminous ring fed by 15 LED units. When the parking lights are switched on, only five LED units are active in the upper third of the ring.

Interior with optimized acoustic comfort and refined premium characteristics.

In the interior of the MINI Countryman, characteristic brand design features are combined with a highly versatile interior space. The premium compact model offers five seats as standard along with the MINI Center Rail attachment system fitted between the driver and front passenger seat. The MINI Countryman offers a comfortable ride not only on rough terrain but also over longer distances. Meanwhile expansion of the luggage compartment from approximately 17.5 to as much as 42.2 cubic feet provides space for luggage, bulkier sports equipment or any other items that may be required for leisure activities. To this end the rear seats can be shifted longitudinally by up to five inches, either together or in a 40 : 60 split. It is also possible to adjust the tilt of the seats, and the rear backrests can be folded down in a 40 : 20 : 40 split.

Another factor that helps provide a pleasant driving and travel experience in the new MINI Countryman is its acoustic comfort, which has also been further enhanced. The displays and controls have been redesigned so as to enhance the car's sporty flair and premium character. All model variants of the new MINI Countryman now have anthracite-colored dials for the engine speed and road speed display in the style of the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman, whose central instrument now also bears the John Cooper Works logo. The standard trim of the new MINI Countryman also includes chrome applications for the ventilation controls.

ALL4 all-wheel drive for increased driving fun and maximum traction.
The all-wheel drive system ALL4 specially developed for MINI is optionally available as an alternative to the brand's characteristic front-wheel drive for the MINI Cooper S Countryman. The system is based on an electromagnetic center differential and distributes drive force at continuously variable levels between the front and rear axle.

The ALL4 electronic management system integrated directly in the DSC unit enables power transmission to be altered as required, responding within milliseconds.

All-wheel drive comes as standard with the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman. In this way, the supreme power of its 208 hp turbo engine is transferred to all four wheels so as to ensure maximum traction, ride stability and sporty flair on bends at all time. All engines are combined with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. An optional 6-gear automatic transmission is available for all model variants. Shift paddles for manual selection of drive position are standard for Cooper S and John Cooper Works models. All models come standard with a Sport Button which allows more direct steering and accelerator response.

In conjunction with the automatic transmission, pressing the Sport Button also results in changes to the shift points. In the new MINI Cooper S Countryman this also triggers a particularly striking, sporty engine sound.
 
Extensive safety features, tire pressure control and daytime driving lights standard.

The integrated safety concept of the MINI Countryman guarantees outstanding occupant protection. Its extensive standard features in the area of active and passive safety led to a Top Safety Pick reward by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for the past three years (2011-2013) and is expected to perform well in 2014 testing.

The standard trim of the MINI Countryman also includes daytime driving lights and tire pressure control. Constant measurement of pressure on each individual tire means that the driver is given an early warning of potential loss in each tire.

High-quality equipment, innovative MINI Connected in-car infotainment.

The remaining standard equipment of the new MINI Countryman is also at a high level, including a multifunction steering wheel with cruise control, automatic climate control, rain sensor, MINI Center Rail between the front seats and a high-end radio system comprising CD player with MP3 capability, USB port and five speakers. In addition there is a model-specific range of special equipment and accessories to choose from. The high-quality options include xenon headlamps and adaptive turning light, comfort access, panorama glass roof, Park Distance Control (PDC), MINI navigation system, voice control, Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system and model-specific John Cooper Works accessories.

Another special highlight within the segment of the new MINI Countryman is the wide range of MINI Connected functions for use in conjunction with Radio MINI Visual Boost and the MINI navigation system. It offers extensive integration of smartphones in the car, allowing the use of internet-based services in the areas of infotainment, communication and driver experience. These are provided via apps whose functional diversity is being continuously expanded. There are vehicle-related functions such as Mission Control, Dynamic Music, Driving Excitement and MINIMALISM Analyzer as well as various online-based services. Current functions available include web radio, the use of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, foursquare and Glympse, RSS news feed reception and entertainment programs such as Pandora, Stitcher, Audible, Rhapsody and TuneIn. Operation is intuitive and reflects hallmark MINI style by means of a joystick in the center console and the on-board computer in the central instrument.

About MINI in the US
MINI is an independent brand of the BMW Group. In the United States, MINI USA 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 USA sales organization is represented in the U.S. through a network of 119 MINI passenger car dealers in 38 states. MINI USA began selling vehicles in the U.S. in 2002 with the introduction of the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S Hardtops. Since then, the MINI Brand in the U.S. has grown to encompass a model range of seven unique vehicles.



Press Release:
The new MINI Countryman


New version of the first MINI with four doors, a large tailgate, five seats and optional all-wheel drive; new MINI Countryman (combined fuel consumption: 7.1- 4.2 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 165 - 111 g/km) hones its profile as an all-round talent for versatile mobility and an active lifestyle; fresh measures to ensure the continued success of the premium compact model that has sold more than 350,000 units worldwide; selective design modifications; further enhanced driving performance figures; optimised fuel consumption and emissions; increased engine output in the new MINI Cooper S Countryman; market launch of all model variants including the top sports model MINI John Cooper Works Countryman in July 2014.

Striking accents underscore the distinctive interpretation of the hallmark MINI body design; clear emphasis of the specific dimensions and proportions convey variable functionality and versatile athletic flair over all terrains; characteristic hexagonal radiator grille in new design reinforces the presence of the upright front section; visual underride guard elements for the front and rear apron and side sills now standard in conjunction with the all-wheel drive system MINI ALL4 (exception: MINI John Cooper Works Countryman) and optional for all other model variants; new standard and optionally available light alloy wheels with reduced weight and optimised aerodynamics properties; tyres with reduced rolling resistance as an option; new exterior paint finishes in Jungle Green metallic, Midnight Grey metallic and Starlight Blue metallic; additional customisation options include contrasting colours for the roof and exterior mirror caps, bonnet stripes and Sport Stripes as well as Piano Black Exterior - available for MINI for the first time.

Refined details, optimised acoustic comfort and reinforced premium characteristics in the interior; dark dials for road speed and engine speed; MINI John Cooper Works Countryman additionally with John Cooper Works logo in the central instrument; ventilation controls with chrome applications; five seats and exceptional variability with rear seats that can be shifted 13 centimetres longitudinally, backrests that are tilt-adjustable and foldable in a 40: 20 : 40 split; luggage compartment volume can be extended from 350 to as much as 1 170 litres.

Extensive engine portfolio comprising 4-cylinder petrol and 4-cylinder diesel engines; all engine types now with emission rating according to EU6 emission standard; increase in output by 5 kW to 140 kW/190 bhp in the MINI Cooper S Countryman; optimised driving performance and fuel consumption figures due to extended MINIMALISM technology including improved aerodynamic properties; 6-speed manual transmission as standard, 6-speed automatic transmission as an option (exception: MINI One D Countryman); MINI specific all-wheel drive system ALL4 optional for the models MINI Cooper Countryman, MINI Cooper S Countryman, MINI Cooper D Countryman and MINI Cooper SD Countryman, as standard in the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman.

Outstanding safety; MINI Countryman with top 5-star rating on the Euro NCAP crash test thanks to extensive standard equipment features in the areas of active and passive safety, now supplemented with type pressure control on each individual wheel and daytime driving light.

High-quality standard trim and a wide selection of options for additional driving fun, increased comfort and maximum customisation; new LED fog lights including daytime driving and parking light in LED technology; other features available include xenon headlamps and adaptive turning light, comfort access, panorama glass roof, automatic air conditioning, removable tow hitch with trailer load of up to 1 200 kilograms, MINI navigation system, Sport Button, sports suspension, sports leather steering wheel with shift paddles for automatic transmission, multifunction steering wheel with cruise control, Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system and model-specific John Cooper Works accessories.

Extensive MINI Connected in-car infotainment program; unique functional diversity and permanent expansion options with apps integrated in the automobile via smartphone; increased driving fun with typical MINI functions such as Mission Control, Dynamic Music, Driving Excitement and MINIMALISM Analyser; online connection also enables the use of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and foursquare as well as Glympse, RSS news feed reception and entertainment programs such as AUPEO!, Stitcher, Deezer, Audible, Napster/Rhapsody and TuneIn.

Model variants:
MINI John Cooper Works Countryman: 4-cylinder petrol engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and fully variable valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC technology,
capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 160 kW/218 bhp at 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 280 Nm at 1 900 - 5 000 rpm (300 Nm at 2 100 - 4 500 rpm with overboost), acceleration (0-100 km/h): 6.9 seconds (automatic: 6.9 seconds), top speed: 228 km/h (225 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 7.1 litres/100 kilometres (7.5 litres), CO2 emissions: 165 g/km (175 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper S Countryman: 4-cylinder petrol engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and fully variable valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC technology,
capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 140 kW/190 bhp at 5 500 - 6 500 rpm, max. torque: 240 Nm at 1 600 - 5 000 rpm (260 Nm at 1 700 - 4 500 with overboost), acceleration (0-100 km/h): 7.5 seconds (automatic: 7.8 seconds), top speed: 218 km/h (214 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 6.0 litres/100 kilometres (6.8 litres), CO2 emissions: 139 g/km (157 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4: 4-cylinder petrol engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and fully variable valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC technology,
capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 140 kW/190 bhp at 5 500 - 6 500 rpm, max. torque: 240 Nm at 1 600 - 5 000 rpm (260 Nm at 1 700 - 4 500 with overboost), acceleration (0-100 km/h): 7.7 seconds (automatic: 8.1 seconds), top speed: 215 km/h (213 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 6.4 litres/100 kilometres (7.1 litres), CO2 emissions: 148 g/km (165 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper Countryman: 4-cylinder petrol engine with fully variable valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC technology, capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 90 kW/122 bhp at 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 160 Nm at 4 250 rpm, acceleration (0-100 km/h): 10.4 seconds (automatic: 11,6 seconds),
top speed: 191 km/h (184 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 5.9 litres/100 kilometres (6.9 litres), CO2 emissions: 137 g/km (159 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4: 4-cylinder petrol engine with fully variable valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC technology (in the MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 with automatic transmission also: twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection), capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 90 kW /122 bhp at 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 160 Nm (MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 with automatic transmission: 190 Nm) at 4 250 rpm, acceleration (0-100 km/h): 11.5 seconds (automatic: 11,7 seconds), top speed: 186 km/h (184 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 6.7 litres/100 kilometres (7.0 litres), C02 emissions: 156 g/km (164 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6

MINI One Countryman: 4-cylinder petrol engine with fully variable valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC technology, capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 72 kW/98 bhp at 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 153 Nm at 3 000 rpm, acceleration (0-100 km/h): 11.9 seconds (automatic: 13,9 seconds), top speed: 175 km/h (170 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 5.7 litres/100 kilometres (6.9 litres), C02 emissions: 134 g/km (159 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper SD Countryman: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common rail injection and variable turbine geometry, capacity: 1 995 cc, output: 105 kW/143 bhp at 4 000 rpm, max. torque: 305 Nm at 1 750 - 2 700 rpm, acceleration (0-100 km/h): 9.2 seconds (automatic: 9.4 seconds), top speed: 200 km/h (197 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.5 litres/100 kilometres (5.7 litres), C02 emissions: 119 g/km (149 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper SD Countryman ALL4: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common rail injection and variable turbine geometry, capacity: 1 995 cc, output: 105 kW/143 bhp at 4 000 rpm, max. torque: 305 Nm at 1 750 - 2 700 rpm, acceleration (0-100 km/h): 9.3 seconds (automatic: 9.4 seconds),
top speed: 197 km/h (195 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.8 litres/100 kilometres (5.9 litres), C02 emissions: 126 g/km (156 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper D Countryman: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common rail injection and variable turbine geometry, capacity: 1 598 cc (MINI Cooper D Countryman with automatic transmission: 1 995 cc), output: 82 kW/112 bhp at 4000 rpm, max. torque: 270 Nm at 1 750 - 2 250 rpm, acceleration: (0-100 km/h): 10.9 seconds (automatic: 11.3 seconds), top speed: 186 km/h (181 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.2 litres/100 kilometres (5.6 litres), C02 emissions: 111 g/km (148 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper D Countryman ALL4: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common rail injection and variable turbine geometry, capacity: 1 598 cc (MINI Cooper D Countryman ALL4 with automatic transmission: 1 995 cc), output: 82 kW/112 bhp at 4000 rpm, max. torque: 270 Nm at 1 750 - 2 250 rpm, acceleration (0-100 km/h): 11.6 seconds (automatic: 11,9 seconds), top speed: 181 km/h (176 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.7 litres/100 kilometres (5.9 litres), C02 emissions: 123 g/km (155 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI One D Countryman: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common rail injection and variable turbine geometry, capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 66 kW/90 bhp at 4 000 rpm, max. torque: 215 Nm at 1 750 - 2 500 rpm, acceleration (0-100 km/h): 12.9 seconds, top speed: 171 km/h, average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.2 litres/100 kilometres, CO2 emissions: 111 g/km, exhaust emission standard: EU6.

Exterior dimensions:
  • Length: 4 097 millimetres (MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 and MINI Cooper D Countryman ALL4: 110 millimetres, MINI Cooper S Countryman and MINI Cooper SD Countryman: 4 109 millimetres, MINI John Cooper Works Countryman: 4 133 millimetres)
  • Width: 1 789 millimetres
  • Height: MINI John Cooper Works Countryman 1 549 millimetres) Wheelbase: 2 595 millimetres
For further details on official fuel consumption figures, official specific CO2 emissions and power consumption of new cars, please refer to the "Manual on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption of new cars", available at all sales outlets, from Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at http://www.dat.de/angebote/verlagsprodukte/leitfaden-kraftstoffverbrauch.html. ManualCO2 (PDF - 2.7 MB)