There are now electric variants, and as anticipated, the MINI Countryman is even bigger than before
Unveiled just a couple of days ago at the IAA International Motor Show in Munich, the all-new third-generation MINI Countryman is offered for the first time with choice of a fully electric or combustion powertrain.
There will be a total of five variants, comprising two EVs and three ICE models as listed below:
- [EV] MINI Countryman Electric E – 204hp, 250Nm, 461 km range
- [EV] MINI Countryman Electric SE ALL4 – 313 hp, 494 Nm, 432 km range
- [ICE] MINI Countryman C – 170 hp, 280 Nm
- [ICE] MINI Countryman S ALL4 – 218hp, 360 Nm
- [ICE] MINI Countryman JCW ALL4 – 300 hp, 400 Nm
The largest member of the MINI family has grown in stature, gaining six cm in height and 13 cm in length. The first all-electric MINI Countryman also marks a pivotal step on MINI’s journey towards becoming an all-electric brand.
On the exterior, the new MINI Countryman maintains the iconic MINI proportions – short overhangs, a short bonnet, and a contrasting long wheelbase, while larger wheels, wider wheel arches and the removal of chrome details add to the vehicles road presence.
This contemporary exterior design is supported by clear-cut surfaces, a slightly curved roof, and a newly designed C-pillar, making the vehicle appear shorter.
The models front end is characterised by a new octagonal grille with a small radar sensor integrated into its surface to enable Level 2 semi-automated driving – a first for the MINI brand. Newly designed headlights are offered with three unique light signatures for the first time, and the daytime running light elements can be switched to create three adjustable light signatures.
At the rear, vertical light clusters reminiscent of classic Mini design can be switched to different modes in the same way as the front headlights. In addition, all light modes start and end with a specially orchestrated welcome and goodbye animation.
Moving inside, the curved dashboard with an OLED curved displayEight MINI Experience modes are available on the new MINI Countryman: Core, Green, Go-Kart, Personal, Vibrant, Timeless, Trail and Balance.
Each mode has specially designed backgrounds and when one of the seven modes is selected, features a textile surface for the first time, where a specially developed knitting process has been used to create a versatile, easy-care textile in a two-colour design, made entirely of recycled polyester.
Unique to the Countryman, design elements such as the air vents and door handles are vertically aligned. Behind the steering wheel, the optional head-up display ensures that all the relevant content appears in the driver’s field of vision.
Underneath the dashboard, the newly designed toggle bar houses the most important driving functions: parking brake, gear selector, start/stop key, experience mode toggle and volume control.
Without the need for a gearstick, the new MINI Countryman offers more storage space in the centre console, with larger cup holders and an open storage compartment, alongside a wireless charging area.
Last but not least, there are eight MINI Experience modes are available on the new MINI Countryman – Core, Green, Go-Kart, Personal, Vibrant, Timeless, Trail and Balance, where each mode has a specially designed background.