T he new Mini Countryman is not exactly an off-roader par excellence: it is the mini-SUV outperforms the Clubman station wagon by a few centimeters in length (4.07 meters compared to the 3.94 meters of the Clubman), width (1.83 meters compared to 1.68 meters) and height (1.60 meters compared to 1, 43 meters). In the basic version, the Mini Countryman is only available as a pure front-wheel drive with the 90 hp diesel engine from the Mini One D. The ground clearance, which is slightly higher than that of the standard Mini, leaves little desire for adventure.
All-wheel drive for the Countryman only optional
The little one can optionally but can also be ordered with permanent all-wheel drive. Then there is an electro-hydraulic clutch in front of the rear axle differential, which distributes the drive force to both axles. In extreme cases, up to 100 percent of the forces can be directed to the rear axle. Electronic stability control as well as front, side and curtain airbags are part of the standard equipment, dynamic traction control and an electronic locking function for the differential are also only available for a surcharge - just like the six-speed automatic instead of the standard manual six-speed gearbox.
The engine range extends up to the 184 hp Mini Cooper S Countryman. The top Countryman runs at a top speed of 215 km /h, consumes an average of 6.3 liters (146 g /km CO2) and sprints from zero to 100 km /h in 7.6 seconds. With the 122 PS petrol engine, the values are: 190 km /h, 6.1 liters (142 g /km CO2), 10.5 seconds. The 95 hp basic petrol engine accelerates the Mini Countryman to 100 km /h in 12.7 seconds, consumes an average of 5.9 liters (137 g /km CO2) and has a top speed of 175 km /h. The 90 PS diesel is good for 170 km /h, a sprint time of 13.2 seconds and an average consumption of 4.3 liters (113 g /km CO2). With the 112 hp diesel, the Countryman sprints from zero to 100 km /h in 10.9 seconds, runs 180 km /h and consumes an average of 4.4 liters (116 g /km CO2).
The consumption-reducing measures in the Countryman include an automatic start-stop system, braking energy recovery, a switching point display and control of auxiliary units as required.
Mini Countryman is designed as a four-seater
The interior of the Countryman is designed as a four-seater, a rear bench with three seats is asOption can be ordered. Whether it is a bench or a seat, the trunk can be increased from 350 to 1,170 liters by flipping it and moving it.
However, the Countryman will be the first Mini not to roll off the line in the overloaded Stammerk in Oxford, but at Magna Steyr in Austria. The price of the mini-SUV is likely to be around 25,000 euros, with a surcharge of around 4,000 euros for the Cooper S version.
The Mini Countryman will be launched in autumn 2010 - the Countryman will celebrate its premiere at the Geneva Motor Show 2010.