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The Mini Countryman is a subcompact crossover SUV, the first car of this type to be launched by Mini. It was launched in 2010 and received a facelift in 2014. The second generation car came out in 2017.

MINI Countryman
2017 Mini Cooper S Countryman E ALL4 1.5.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerMini (BMW)
Production2010-present
Body and chassis
ClassSubcompact crossover SUV
Body style4-door SUV
LayoutFF / F4

Contents

Pre-production conceptsEdit

There is the 2008 Mini Crossover Concept which has four doors (2 right swing open, 1 left swing open, 1 left lift/sliding) and four single seats.[1] It was unveiled at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.[2]

The 2010 Mini Beachcomber Concept was based on the Crossover Concept and the Mini Countryman, with no doors and no conventional roof. It included ALL4 all-wheel drive and offroad wheels. It was unveiled at the 2010 North American International Auto Show.[3][4][5]

First generation (R60) (2010–2016)Edit

First generation (R60)
 
Overview
ManufacturerMini (BMW)
Production2010-2016
AssemblyGraz, Austria (Magna Steyr)
Chennai, India (BMW India)
Araquari, Brazil (BMW Brazil)
Rayong, Thailand (CKD)
Kulim, Malaysia (CKD)
Body and chassis
ClassSubcompact crossover
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFront engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
RelatedMini Paceman
Powertrain
Engine1.6 L I4 (One/Cooper)
1.6 L Prince turbocharged I4 (Cooper S)
1.6 L BMW N47 diesel I4 (Cooper D and One D)
2.0 L BMW N47 diesel I4 (Cooper D Automatic and Cooper SD models)
Transmission6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,595 mm (102.2 in)
Length4,097 mm (161.3 in)
Cooper S: 4,110 mm (161.8 in)
Width1,789 mm (70.4 in) (excluding mirrors)
Height1,561 mm (61.5 in)
Kerb weight1,265 kg (2,789 lb) (DIN)
1,340 kg (2,950 lb) (EU)
 
Mini Countryman (Malaysia; pre-facelift)
 
Interior

The design of Mini's first five-door crossover echoed that of the Mini Crossover Concept. The production model was first unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.[6][7] UK models went on sale on 18 September 2010.[8][9] The availability of models varies between markets, with the United States and Russia not taking the One versions or any diesel-powered models. The All4 all-wheel-drive option is available on variable models, again depending on the country.

The ALL4 all-wheel-drive powertrain includes electro-hydraulic differential, positioned directly on the transmission's final drive, to vary the power distribution from front to rear. Under normal driving conditions, up to 50 percent of the engine's power goes to the rear wheels. Under “extreme” conditions ("extreme" being undefined) up to 100 percent heads to the back wheels.[10]

Early models included Cooper S, Cooper S ALL4, Cooper, One, Cooper D, Cooper D ALL4, and One D.[11][12][13] Cooper SD, Cooper SD ALL4, Cooper D Automatic, Cooper D ALL4 Automatic were added from spring 2011.[14][15][16]

In 2012 the Countryman received some minor amendments, including an EU6 exhaust emissions standard compliance for the One and Cooper models, and using a different clutch material and improved software to reduce stalling problems.[17][18] They went on sale from November 2012.[19]

A Cooper ALL4 model was added in July 2013.[20][21][22]

Changes to US 2014 model year range included the omission of the interior "Centre Rail" feature from the back seats. The rail is still present in the front.[23]

Countryman WRC (2010–)Edit

This is a race car version of Mini Cooper S ALL4 developed with Prodrive beginning in early 2009, with a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder turbo-charged engine from BMW Motorsport. The first test drive for the Mini Countryman WRC, which would also be available to customer teams, was planned for autumn 2010.[24] It was unveiled at the Paris Show in 2010.[25][26]

Countryman John Cooper Works (2012–2016)Edit

The John Cooper Works is a derivative of the Cooper S ALL4 version of the Countryman, with increased engine power to 218 PS (160 kW; 215 hp) and 280 N⋅m (207 lb⋅ft) with over boost: 300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft). Steering, suspension, wheels and appearance have also been modified.[27] It was unveiled at the 2012 International Geneva Motor Show, and went on sale in autumn 2012.[28]

US models receive reduced engine power to 211 PS (155 kW; 208 hp) and 260 N⋅m (192 lb⋅ft) (overboost:280 N⋅m (207 lb⋅ft)), and went on sale in July 2012 as a 2013 model year vehicle.[29]

Kiss Edition (2011)Edit

In June 2011, Mini USA collaborated with rock band Kiss to create a quartet of one-off Countryman crossovers themed after the band. The cars were placed on auction on eBay, with proceeds going to UNICEF to help children affected by the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[30] The auction was able to raise US$129,000. Mini USA also sold replica vehicle wraps for Countryman owners through their website and dealerships.[31]

SafetyEdit

In November 2010, Euro NCAP awarded the Countryman a 5-star crash rating.[32]

Euro NCAP test results
Mini Countryman (2011)[33]
Test Points %
Overall:      
Adult occupant: 30 84%
Child occupant: 41 83%
Pedestrian: 23 63%
Safety assist: 5 71%

ReceptionEdit

Pulitzer Prize winning automotive journalist Dan Neil suggested the Countryman had jumped the shark – that is to say the car pushed the Mini ethos beyond relevance, marking the zenith of popularity and the start of decline. Neil suggested that by making a vehicle that is longer, wider and taller, the company had forsaken the inner logic of the brand: excellent handling in a tiny size. In a March 2011 review titled What Part of 'Mini' Did You Not Grasp, BMW? , Neil wrote "with the Countryman, tiny sharks have been jumped."[34] The Countryman became Mini's second most popular model after the iconic Hardtop. The very first year of production it sold almost 50% more units than the Clubman, Convertible, and Coupe added together. Almost 1 out of every 3 vehicles Mini sold in 2011 was a Countryman (U.S. market).[35] This trend continued through 2012 also with almost 1 in 3 MINIs sold again being a Countryman - both in the US and globally.[36] By the end of 2013 the Countryman was 31% of total U.S. sales for the Mini brand.[37]

2014 update (R60 LCI)Edit

A minor facelift to the Countryman was unveiled at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.[38] Changes include a new structure of the hexagonal radiator grill, underride guard elements for the Cooper S Countryman ALL4 and additional body colour options. It went on sale in July 2014. All variants carried over.[39][40] US variants include Cooper, Cooper S, Cooper S ALL4, John Cooper Works (with ALL4), with 6-speed manual transmission or optional 6-speed automatic transmission.[41]

PowertrainEdit

Petrol engines
Model Years Type Power, torque @ rpm Transmission
One 2010–2016 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 98 PS (72 kW; 97 hp) @ 6000, 153 N⋅m (113 lb⋅ft) @ 3000 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Cooper 2010–2016 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 122 PS (90 kW; 120 hp) @ 6000, 160 N⋅m (118 lb⋅ft) @ 4250 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Cooper ALL4 2010–2016 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 122 PS (90 kW; 120 hp) @ 6000, 160 N⋅m (118 lb⋅ft) @ 4250 6-speed manual
Cooper ALL4 Automatic 2010–2016 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 122 PS (90 kW; 120 hp) @ 6000, 190 N⋅m (140 lb⋅ft) @ 4250 6-speed automatic
Cooper S 2010–2014 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 turbo 184 PS (135 kW; 181 hp) @ 5500, 240 N⋅m (177 lb⋅ft) @ 1600-5000
overboost:260 N⋅m (192 lb⋅ft) @ 1700-4500
6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Cooper S 2014–2016 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 turbo () 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp)@5500, 240 N⋅m (177 lb⋅ft)@1600-5000
overboost:260 N⋅m (192 lb⋅ft)@1700-4500
6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Cooper S ALL4 2010–2014 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 turbo 184 PS (135 kW; 181 hp) @ 5500, 240 N⋅m (177 lb⋅ft) @ 1600-5000
overboost:260 N⋅m (192 lb⋅ft) @ 1700-4500
6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Cooper S ALL4 2014–2016 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 turbo () 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp)@5500, 240 N⋅m (177 lb⋅ft)@1600-5000
overboost:260 N⋅m (192 lb⋅ft)@1700-4500
6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
John Cooper Works (211PS) 2012–2016 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 twin-scroll turbo 211 PS (155 kW; 208 hp) @ 6000, 260 N⋅m (192 lb⋅ft) @ 1850(1900?)-5600
overboost:280 N⋅m (207 lb⋅ft) @ 2000-5200
6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
John Cooper Works (218PS) 2014–2016 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 twin-scroll turbo 218 PS (160 kW; 215 hp) @ 6000, 280 N⋅m (207 lb⋅ft) @ 1900-5000
overboost:300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft) @ 2100-4500
6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Diesel engines
Model Years Type Power, torque @ rpm Transmission
One D 2010–2016 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 turbo 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) @ 4000, 215 N⋅m (159 lb⋅ft) @ 1750-2500 6-speed manual
Cooper D 2010–2016 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 turbo 112 PS (82 kW; 110 hp) @ 4000, 270 N⋅m (199 lb⋅ft) @ 1750-2250 6-speed manual
Cooper D Auto 2011–2016 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo 111 PS (82 kW; 109 hp) @ 4000, 270 N⋅m (199 lb⋅ft) @ 1750-2250 6-speed auto
Cooper D ALL4 2010–2016 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 turbo 112 PS (82 kW; 110 hp) @ 4000, 270 N⋅m (199 lb⋅ft) @ 1750-2250 6-speed manual
Cooper D ALL4 Auto 2011–2016 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo 111 PS (82 kW; 109 hp) @ 4000, 270 N⋅m (199 lb⋅ft) @ 1750-2250 6-speed auto
Cooper SD 2011–2016 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo 143 PS (105 kW; 141 hp) @ 4000, 305 N⋅m (225 lb⋅ft) @ 1750-2700 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Cooper SD ALL4 2011–2016 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo 143 PS (105 kW; 141 hp) @ 4000, 305 N⋅m (225 lb⋅ft) @ 1750-2700 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic

Second generation (F60) (2017–present)Edit

Second Generation (F60)
 
Overview
ManufacturerMini (BMW)
Production2017-present
Model years2017-present
Assembly
Body and chassis
ClassSubcompact crossover
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFront engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
PlatformBMW UKL2 platform
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,670 mm (105.1 in)
Length4,313 mm (169.8 in)
Width1,821 mm (71.7 in) (excluding mirrors)
Height1,557 mm (61.3 in)
Kerb weight
  • 1,460 kg (3,218 lb) (One)
  • 1,497 kg (3,300 lb) (Cooper)
  • 1,592 kg (3,510 lb) (Cooper ALL4)
  • 1,646 kg (3,629 lb) (Cooper S ALL4)
 
Rear view
 
Interior

The second generation Countryman was introduced at the LA Auto Show in November 2016, and go on sale in February 2017 in Europe, and March elsewhere.[42][43] It was launched with three variants: Cooper (FWD or ALL4), Cooper S (FWD or ALL4), and in June 2017, the new Cooper S E ALL4 plug-in hybrid. The new Countryman is 8 inches (200 mm) longer than the first generation, and 1-inch (25 mm) wider. The Cooper Countryman will be powered by a turbocharged 3-cylinder engine, while the Cooper S will use a new 2.0 liter turbo I4.

The Cooper S E plug-in hybrid combines a 134 hp (100 kW) 3-cylinder gasoline engine and a 65 kW (88 PS; 87 hp) synchronous electric motor, producing a combined system output of 221 hp (165 kW) with system torque of 385 N·m (284 lb-ft). Average fuel consumption on the NEDC test cycle is 112 mpg‑US (2.10 L/100 km; 135 mpg‑imp), with CO2 emissions of 49 grams per kilometer. The 6.1 kWh lithium-ion battery is positioned directly in front of the electric motor underneath the rear seat, delivering an all-electric range of up to 40 km (25 mi) and a top speed of 126 km/h (78 mph). Charging at a 240-volt socket takes 3 hours and 15 minutes.[44]

Mini makes the John Cooper Works edition available again in this generation with the tuned version based on the Cooper S. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine has been upgraded with a new heat-resistant turbocharger and additional inter-cooler, resulting in 228 bhp (170 kW; 231 PS), 258 lb⋅ft (350 N⋅m) of torque and a 0-62mph time of 6.5sec[45]. Similar to the Countryman S, JCW Countryman can be mated to either a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission (which comes with the option to choose between Normal, Sport, and Eco mode)[46]. Government tested fuel economy for the JCW under manual transmission is 20MPG for city and 29MPG for highway which the automatic does slightly better with 22MPG for city and 30MPG for highway[47]

PowertrainEdit

Petrol engines
Model Years Type Power, torque @ rpm Transmission
One 2017- 1,499 cc (91.5 cu in) I3 turbo 102 hp (76 kW; 103 PS) @ 4400, 180 N⋅m (133 lb⋅ft) @ 1250 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Cooper 2017– 1,499 cc (91.5 cu in) I3 turbo 134 hp (100 kW; 136 PS) @ 4400, 220 N⋅m (162 lb⋅ft) @ 1250 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Cooper ALL4 2017– 1,499 cc (91.5 cu in) I3 turbo 134 hp (100 kW; 136 PS) @ 4400, 220 N⋅m (162 lb⋅ft) @ 1250 6-speed manual, 8-speed automatic
Cooper S 2017– 1,998 cc (121.9 cu in) I4 turbo 189 hp (141 kW; 192 PS) @ 5000, 281 N⋅m (207 lb⋅ft) @ 1250 6-speed manual, 8-speed automatic
Cooper S ALL4 2017– 1,998 cc (121.9 cu in) I4 turbo 189 hp (141 kW; 192 PS) @ 5000, 281 N⋅m (207 lb⋅ft) @ 1250 6-speed manual, 8-speed automatic
Cooper S E ALL4 2017– 1,499 cc (91.5 cu in) I3 turbo
Electric motor
(Total system:)
134 hp (100 kW; 136 PS) @ 4400, 220 N⋅m (162 lb⋅ft) @ 1250
87 hp (65 kW; 88 PS), 165 N⋅m (122 lb⋅ft)
221 hp (165 kW; 224 PS), 385 N⋅m (284 lb⋅ft)
6-speed automatic
Diesel engines
Model Years Type Power, torque @ rpm Transmission
Cooper D 2017– 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo 110 kW (148 hp; 150 PS), 330 N⋅m (243 lb⋅ft) 6-speed manual, 8-speed automatic
Cooper D ALL4 2017– 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo 110 kW (148 hp; 150 PS), 330 N⋅m (243 lb⋅ft) 6-speed manual, 8-speed automatic
Cooper SD 2017– 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo 140 kW (188 hp; 190 PS), 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) 8-speed automatic
Cooper SD ALL4 2017– 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo 140 kW (188 hp; 190 PS), 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) 8-speed automatic

SafetyEdit

In May 2017, Euro NCAP awarded the Countryman a 5-star crash rating.[48]

Euro NCAP test results
Mini Countryman (2017)
Test Points %
Overall:      
Adult occupant: 34.3 90%
Child occupant: 41 83%
Pedestrian: 23 63%
Safety assist: 6.2 51%

MotorsportsEdit

In July 2010, Mini announced plans to enter the World Rally Championship (WRC)[49] with the Countryman beginning in 2011, and entering season-long tournament starting from 2012.[50] The factory team had its first test outing of the 2011 WRC season at the 2011 Rally d'Italia Sardegna, before taking on the full calendar in 2012 and 2013. In the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, the RRC version had its first win at the 2012 Tour de Corse, driven by Dani Sordo.[51] After just one season Mini terminated its works involvement in the World Rally Championship.[52] The car continued to be used outside of the WRC, and won the 2012 Qatar International Rally and 2014 Barum Czech Rally Zlín, also taking podium finishes at the 2013 Rally of Lebanon.

The All4, equipped with a straight-six engine, has won the Dakar Rally 4 straight years beginning in 2012, with Stéphane Peterhansel driving in 2012[53] and cars from German Monster Energy X-raid Team won the 2013 Dakar Rally.[54][55][56] Mini won the car category of the 2014 Dakar Rally with the All4 driven by Nani Roma.[57] Another overall win in the 2015 Dakar Rally made it four straight wins, with a 100% finish rate. The same team won the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge four times from 2011, with other wins in the Baja Aragón, Desafio Ruta and Desafio Inca, and being the runner-up in the 2011 Silk Way Rally, 2012 Desafio Litoral Rally and 2015 Baja Russia Northern Forest.

Khalifa Al Mutaiwei win the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup in 2012, Krzysztof Holowczyc in 2013, Vladimir Vasilyev in 2014, and Nasser Al-Attiyah in 2015.

Jean-Philippe Dayraut used a Mini Countryman to win the Andros Trophy ice racing championship in 2013 and 2014.

A 900 bhp vehicle based on the Mini Countryman entered the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, finishing third overall.[58]

Team JRM entered the 2015 FIA World Rallycross Championship season, acquired ex-Prodrive Minis, which unlike its competitors, using 1.6-litre engine with some concessions so the cars were able to competing with 2.0-litre engine cars. Guy Wilks reaching the final in the British round. It was also entered into the 2013 Global RallyCross Championship, with Liam Doran winning the Munich round. A further car was entered into the 2015 FIA European Rallycross Championship season, driven by Riku Tahko.

The team eventually entering FIA World Rallycross full-time, with Liam Doran as the driver. The Minis losing its concessions, as they debuted their self developed 2.0-litre engine in the 4th round in Great Britain.

ProductionEdit

The first generation Countryman was primarily built in Graz, Austria under contract by Magna Steyr, making it the first of the BMW era Minis to be manufactured entirely outside the UK.[59]

In 2013, assembly of the Countryman was expanded to three international locations: from April 2013 at BMW's plant near Chennai, India, specifically for the Indian market[60][61] from June 2013 at the BMW Group Malaysia Assembly Plant in Kulim, Kedah,[62] and at the BMW Manufacturing Thailand plant in Rayong from August 2013.[63]

In 2012, worldwide sales of Countryman reached 102,000 units,[64] 21,012 of which were sold in the US.[65] In March 2013, the 250,000th Countryman was produced at Magna Steyr's Graz plant.[66]

Since November 2016 the second generation Countryman will only be assembled at VDL Nedcar in Born, the Netherlands.[67]

See alsoEdit

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