Together with the unveiling of the all-new MINI Cooper, MINI has also unveiled the all-new MINI Countryman, firstly in its electric versions. Don’t worry, the MINI Countryman is also available with internal combustion engine (ICE) powertrains. The electric versions are the:
- MINI Countryman E
- MINI Countryman SE ALL4
The petrol versions are the:
- MINI Countryman C
- MINI Countryman S ALL4
- MINI Countryman JCW ALL4
There will also be diesel options.
Making history in its company, the all-new MINI Countryman is the first MINI with a fully-electric all-wheel drive (AWD) system and the first MINI to be made in Germany. It could also be the first MINI to ditch the roundish headlights in favor of…. polygonal ones…
According to MINI, the Countryman is now larger than its predecessor, specifically 60 mm taller and 130 mm longer. As for its overall dimensions, it now measures 4,433 mm long, 1,843 mm wide, and 1,656 mm tall. Its wheelbase measures 2,692 mm long.
Like the all-new MINI Cooper, the Countryman now sports a simpler design language which the company says gives it a more “focused” appearance. There are no more surrounding trims on the headlights and the body lines are generally cleaner.
The most drastic appearance change to the MINI Countryman would be its more angular overall look, and this has affected the shape of the headlights as well. We’re not quite how we feel about it. The front also now appears a bit more elongated, making the MINI Countryman look a bit like a modernized Ford Thunderbird or a modernized Aston Martin DB5 from the front. There are also new roof colours for the MINI Countryman.
The MINI Countryman is the second MINI model to be given an all-electric powertrain. The MINI Countryman E has a single electric motor setup which makes 204 hp and 250 Nm. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds onward to a top speed of 170 km/h.
A step up from the Countryman E, the MINI Countryman SE ALL4 gets a dual-motor setup that makes 313 hp and 494 Nm. The SE ALL4 does the century sprint in 5.6 seconds onward to a top speed of 180 km/h.
As for battery and range, the MINI Countryman E houses a 66.45 kWh battery pack that gives 462 km of electric driving range (WLTP). The MINI Countryman SE ALL4 houses the same 66.45 kWh battery pack and as the dual-motor system draws more power, it has an electric range of 433 km (WLTP).
Charging can be done at a maximum rate of 22 kW with AC charging for the MINI Countryman which is great news as this makes your home charging experience a lot better. DC charging in the MINI Countryman is also faster than the MINI Cooper as it can be done at a maximum rate of 130 kW. MINI says this allows charging from 10% to 80% to be done in just under 30 minutes.
Inside, the cabin design of the MINI Countryman pretty much follows in the footsteps of the all-new MINI Cooper. There’s the same circular head unit with the screen stretching out to the circle’s edges and it runs on the latest MINI Operating System 9.
Imitating a Tesla, the MINI Countryman makes do without the typical instrument cluster. However, the MINI Countryman does things a little differently with the use of a Head-Up Display (HUD). One improvement that MINI highlights in the Countryman is the rear seats which are now wider by 25 mm.
An optional item in the Countryman is a panoramic glass roof with a front half that can be opened. Like the all-new MINI Cooper, the MINI Countryman also now uses a new toggle control that replaces the old-fashioned gear selector.
Also new on the MINI Countryman are features like the new MINI Experience Modes, the new “Hey MINI!” first MINI Intelligent Personal Assistant, and new driver assistance systems.