After introducing the bonkers Clubman Vision Gran Turismo, Mini didn’t see fit to come empty-handed to the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, and therefore brought a special edition of its Countryman crossover. Called the Countryman Park Lane, the special model was named after a London street in the upscale Mayfair district, while hardcore Mini aficionados may remember that this is not the first ever Park Lane model featured in the carmaker’s lineup. A more luxurious version of the classic Mini featured the Park Lane moniker in 1987, as did a posh modern Mini back in 2005.

At first glance, the special-edition Countryman isn’t overly charismatic-looking, but, as with plenty of other British models, the devil is in the details. Particularly high-end fittings are to be found as standard on the Countryman Park Lane, with the special edition being offered in up to eight different versions, depending on the market.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mini Countryman Park Lane.

Exterior

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"Park Lane" emblems positioned under the distinctive turn signals tell bystanders that this is no ordinary Countryman , while the Chrome Line Exterior package is available optionally, but at no extra charge.

The two-tone paint scheme is obviously the most eye-catching feature from afar, but the Park Lane is has a number of distinctive details. Don’t call it gray, the base color is named Earl Grey metallic – not after the famous tea but harking back to the British noble – while the racing stripes, roof, exterior mirror caps, indicator surrounds and lower door sections are painted in Oak Red. Whether with front- or all-wheel drive, the Countryman Park Lane is equipped with the Mini All4 Exterior visual package, which includes silver design motifs for the side sills and front and rear apron.

"Park Lane" emblems positioned under the distinctive turn signals tell bystanders that this is no ordinary Countryman , while the Chrome Line Exterior package is available optionally at no extra charge. Sportier "S" models, whether diesel or gasoline, are fitted with xenon headlights, while the 18-inch wheels in Turbo Fan Dark Grey give the special edition a sportier stance.

Interior

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The upholstery makes up for the cold atmosphere, with the sports seats being engulfed in a fabric/leather finish called Parallel Lines Light Tobacco.

Along with the addition of "Park Lane" emblems on the door sills and dashboard, the special edition Countryman features an Oxide Silver surface for the door handle surrounds and cockpit trim, while the vertical side trim around the center console is finished in Cross Stripe Grey. With the doors and center console base trim painted in Carbon Black, the interior atmosphere could be too "Earl Grey" for some tastes, maybe even a bit Germanic from some points of view, especially since the rest of the dashboard is covered in good old black plastic.

That said, the upholstery makes up for the cold atmosphere, with the sports seats being engulfed in a fabric/leather finish called Parallel Lines Light Tobacco. No matter the engine choice, the Mini Countryman Park Lane is equipped with automatic air conditioning, on-board computer, rain and light sensors, a sports steering wheel with multi-function buttons, velour floor mats and the storage and lighting package.

Drivetrain

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Both engines can be paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

Depending on the market, the Park Lane can be had with any of four engines, all of which are available with either front-wheel-drive or the All4 all-wheel-drive system. The less-powerful gasoline engine is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 121 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque, while the top of the range is found in the Cooper S Countryman, where the turbocharged, 1.6-liter four-cylinder has an output of 181 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. Both engines can be paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

On the diesel front, the base engine is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 111 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque, while the Cooper SD Countryman features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 141 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque.

Prices

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Mini hasn’t announced pricing, nor a sale date, but considering that it used to charge around 4,000 EUR (approximately $4,400 as of 3/5/2015) extra for the similarly posh "Mayfair" package, I would suspect that the Park Lane will probably command a premium in the same ballpark.

Competition

Nissan Juke

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Sporting unconventional styling features and a "love it or hate it" attitude, the Nissan Juke is a slightly less expensive rival for the Mini Countryman, but it makes up for it with quirkier styling and better standard equipment. In Europe, the only place where the Countryman Park Lane is likely to hit shorwooms, the Juke features an assortment of diesel and gasoline four-cylinder engines and even a Nismo RS version, while almost all versions have a choice of front- or all-wheel-drive.

The base model is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with only 93 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque, while the sporty Nismo RS version features a turbocharged, 1.6-liter, four-cylinder with 215 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. The only diesel available is a Renault-sourced 1.5-liter with 108 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. The Juke can be had with either a six-speed manual or a CVT.

Fiat 500X

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Unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the new Fiat 500X also tries to bring some fresh air into the mini-crossover segment, by mirroring some of the design features of the smaller, top-selling 500. Developed on the same platform as the Jeep Renegade, the latest Fiat crossover is powered by a range of four-cylinder engines from either Chrysler’s or Fiat’s own stable.

The least-powerful model comes with a 1.6-liter with 109 horsepower and 112 pound-feet of torque, with Europe also getting two diesel engines. The top of the range model in North America features a version of the Chrysler TigerShark engine, with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder developing 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. Depending on engine choice and market, the 500X can offer a five-speed or six-speed manual, while certain engines can be mated to a six-speed, dual-clutch or a nine-speed, automatic transmission.

Conclusion

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While the Mini Countryman Park Lane is not exactly a must-have special edition, it benefits from a range of distinctive options. Then again, with Mini generally offering quite a varied choice of configurations that includes quirky color combinations and special interior trims, some may see just a fancy badge in the Park Lane edition, and I must admit that I am among those people.

  • Leave it
    • * Not special enough
    • * Likely expensive

Press Release

Bold athletic flair and supreme versatility define the character of the MINI Countryman. As the first MINI with four doors, a large tailgate, five seats and optional all-wheel drive, it took on the role of an irresistible front-line force from the very outset - both in the conquest of additional target groups for the British premium brand and in the area of off-road driving. Its irrepressible forward thrust and flexibility are now expressed even more strikingly in an exclusive edition model. The MINI Countryman Park Lane sees its world premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show in March 2015. It will be available worldwide in up to four engine variants from July 2015.

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The MINI Countryman has enabled the brand to establish a secure standing in the premium compact segment. Unmistakable design, premium quality, an interior concept of exemplary versatility and typical MINI driving fun both on and off the road go together to create an overall package that is unique in this category of vehicle, meeting the multi-faceted mobility needs of demanding target groups in urban traffic and beyond. In this way the MINI Countryman has successfully asserted itself as an all-round talent with individual style. For the first time, this special status within the competitive environment is now underscored with an edition model. A distinct design and colour concept as well as high-end equipment features make the MINI Countryman Park Lane an authentic ambassador for versatile driving fun in the compact segment.

The MINI Countryman Park Lane indicates its high-end individual flair at first sight with a specially developed design and colour concept. The body finish in Earl Grey metallic is combined with the entirely new colour variant Oak Red for the roof and exterior mirror caps, supplemented with optional sport stripes in the same colour for the bonnet, tailgate and lower side sections. The characteristic side turn indicator surrounds in chrome known as side scuttles also comprise an inlay in Oak Red. The MINI Countryman Park Lane boldly accentuates its classic athletic character with 18-inch light alloy wheels in Turbo Fan Dark Grey design and the MINI ALL4 Exterior visual package including silver body elements for the front and rear apron as well as the side sills.

Exclusive emblems on the side scuttles and the cockpit surface bear the inscription "Park Lane", as do the entry sills. The interior surfaces in Oxide Silver for the door bezel and cockpit trim and Cross Stripe Grey for the side surrounds of the centre console were also designed exclusively for the MINI Countryman Park Lane. These go together with the inlay colour Carbon Black for the door trim and centre console to create a sports-style premium ambience in the interior.

The edition model can also be combined with a particularly high-end equipment package. As the MINI Countryman Park Lane Chili, the all-rounder additionally comprises features such as LED fog lamps and white direction indicators. The Chrome Line Exterior is available as an optional extra at no additional charge. What is more, the models MINI Cooper S Countryman, MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4, MINI Cooper SD Countryman and MINI Cooper SD Countryman ALL4 are fitted with xenon lights. The interior fittings are supplemented with sports seats in the fabric/leather finish Parallel Lines Light Tobacco, automatic air conditioning, an on-board computer, a rain sensor with automatic driving light control, the Sport Button, a sports steering wheel with multifunction buttons, velour floor mats and a storage and lighting package.

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Located in the London borough of Mayfair, Park Lane is one of the most distinguished addresses in the British capital. MINI itself has a prestigious showroom there. It is the third time that Park Lane has lent its name to an exclusive edition model of the brand. A version of the classic Mini with particularly high-end fittings bore the designation in 1987, while another MINI Park Lane came out in 2005, following in the footsteps of its predecessor after the brand’s relaunch. Now the tradition of naming design and edition models made by the British premium automobile manufacturer after London streets and districts is applied to the MINI Countryman for the first time.

The precisely coordinated exterior and interior features of the MINI Countryman Park Lane underscore both the versatile functionality and the exclusive charisma of the premium compact model. With its high-end features and versatile customisation options, this all-round talent offers five seats, including a rear seat that can be shifted longitudinally and has a folding backrest with a 40 : 20 : 40 split. As a result the luggage volume can be expanded from 350 to up to 1 170 litres as required, allowing the MINI Countryman not just to tackle the challenges of everyday urban traffic but also transport bulky sports equipment or carry everything required for a family holiday.

Powerful, efficient engines and high-quality suspension technology ensure that the hallmark brand agility known as the go-kart feeling is brought to life in the compact segment, too - further enhanced by an additional facet with the permanent all-wheel drive system ALL4 that was developed especially for MINI. What is more the car’s raised seating position offers a supreme view of the road, giving the characteristic MINI drive feel a whole new dimension. For the MINI Countryman (combined fuel consumption:
7.3 - 4.2 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 169 – 111 g/km) there are three petrol and three diesel engines available, covering an output range of 66 kW/90 hp to 140 kW/190 hp. Four power units can be optionally combined with ALL4. Over and above this, the 160 kW/218 hp MINI John Cooper Works Countryman provides extreme driving fun: here the engine power is transmitted to all four wheels as standard.

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The MINI Countryman Park Lane is offered in up to eight model variants, depending on the market. The edition model is available both with the characteristic MINI front-wheel drive as well as the all-wheel drive system ALL4. 4-cylinder petrol engines with 90 kW/122 hp or 140 kW/190 hp power the models MINI Cooper Countryman and MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 as well as the MINI Cooper S Countryman and MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4. 4-cylinder diesel engines deliver 82 kW/112 hp in the MINI Cooper D Countryman and MINI Cooper D Countryman ALL4, and 105 kW/143 hp in the MINI Cooper SD Countryman and MINI Cooper SD Countryman ALL4.

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