The small car builder Mini made a name for itself on the Alpine stages of classic rally championships, and it rumored to be making a comeback in the much depleted WRC for 2011 and should be unveiled in March at the Geneva Motor Show. Similar to the Beachcomber Concept , the new Mini Countryman is a slightly larger Cooper wearing the same headlights and fog lamps, however the front end is specific to the future model especially with its unique grill and Pepper White paint scheme topped off with a black roof.
The Countryman will get 1.6-liter four-cylinder engines, with the S model getting a turbocharged. The turbo will take the power from 122 horsepower to 184. If you are lucky enough to live in Europe, you can get a few diesel options.
Buyers will be able to choose from a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission. Opt for the base model with the auto box and it will take around 11 seconds to hit 60 miles per hour. The S model can do that time in around eight seconds. The highest version will top out at 190…kmh that is.
The Countryman will not come standard with all-wheel drive. You will have to bump it up to the S level in order to get that on your Mini. Despite the cars rugged looks, it has MacPherson struts in the front and multilink in the rear, so no off-roading.
Sales will begin at the end of 2010 with prices starting at $22,350. A Mini Countryman with some good options on it will run you around $30,000, that’s more than the Nissan Juke , Nissan Rogue and the Volkswagen Tiguan.
UPDATE 07/14/2010: Mini has just released specs on the 2011 Countryman. This article has been updated with that information.
UPDATE 09/01/2010: Check out our review of the Mini Countryman byclicking here !
UPDATE 10/07/2010: This article has been updated with pricing for the Countryman.
Updated 11/24/2010: Mini USA has put online the configurator for the new Countryman. So get there and start customizing the model of your dream. There are lots of options and accessories to choose from. Have fun!
Press release after the jump.