MINI Malaysia has just launched the facelift MINI Countryman – the Countryman S and the Countryman SE ALL4 PHEV. The launch coincided with the introduction of the 430i M Sport to the Malaysian market.

On the exterior, both the Countryman variants now come with a revised front bumper, new grille design and Union Jack graphics on the tail lamps.

As it is equipped with the Piano Black exterior package, both the facelift Countryman comes with black surrounds on the headlamps, black door handles and black surrounds for the emblem on the front fenders. Also part of the package is the Countryman lettering on the tailgate, finished in black.

Inside, by far the biggest change has to be the new 5-inch digital instrument cluster – a much-needed upgrade for the Countryman to stay relevant for the foreseeable future. Elsewhere MINI has also removed the physical buttons for the touchscreen infotainment system, and replaced them with haptic feedback units.

Performance wise, the Countryman S is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission while the Countryman SE ALL4 gets a 1.5-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder coupled with an electric motor.

There’s no dual-clutch transmission for the SE ALL4 Countryman but instead, it’s been fitted with a 6-speed automatic to drive all four wheels. The Countryman S on the other hand, is front-wheel drive.

Despite being heavier than the Countryman S, the Countryman SE ALL4 PHEV can do 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.8 seconds, while the Countryman S does the same in 7.5 seconds.

The Countryman SE ALL4 is capable of returning up to 48 km of pure electric mileage, with a top speed of 120 km/h in pure electric mode.


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MINI Countryman SE ALL4 PHEV

MINI Countryman S


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