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New MINI Cooper Countryman Makes Malaysian Debut

new mini countryman

MINI Malaysia today introduced the New MINI Cooper S Countryman and the New MINI Cooper SE Countryman, with prices as mentioned below:

  • The New MINI Cooper S Countryman – RM 244,265
  • The New MINI Cooper SE Countryman – RM 254,461

The New MINI Countryman Variants

Both the New MINI Cooper S Countryman and the New MINI Cooper SE Countryman now feature the MINI ALL4 Exterior Optic. The differentiated front and rear bumpers with decorative elements and sump guard in aluminium matt provide a rugged look to the new variants.

The New MINI Countryman variants also feature auto LED headlights with cornering lights, bonnet stripes, roof rails and side sills.The Union Jack Rear Light now represents an abstract interpretation of the Union Jack, with a more block-designed triangular surface, resulting in stronger lighting.

The New MINI Cooper S Countryman is equipped with 19” MINI Turnstile Spoke with Run Flat Tyres while the MINI Cooper SE Countryman is equipped with the 19” MINI Yours British Spoke with Run Flat Tyres.


Both variants also feature the Piano Black Exterior Optic that ensures a particularly striking appearance. The headlight surrounds, rear lights, radiator grille and side scuttles are finished in high-gloss black instead of chrome, as are the door handles and the model lettering on the tailgate.

Owners can also enjoy the convenience of Comfort Access with Easy Opener, as well as the automatic tailgate operation.

Inside, both variants feature the MINI Yours Illuminated cockpit in Shaded Silver, conveying a stylish yet sporty flair by combining the illuminated cockpit bezel in Shaded Silver with the Dark Silver door bezels and Hazy Grey.

The stylish interior is further amplified with Satellite Grey Headliner and Leather Cross Punch in Carbon Black.

Both variants also feature the MINI Yours Walknappa Leather Steering, which is a first for the MINI Cooper S Countryman. A signature union jack insignia is also featured at the bottom of the steering wheel.

New display

For the first time, the New MINI Cooper S Countryman and the New MINI Cooper SE Countryman features a 5” digital instrument cluster strategically placed behind the steering wheel to inform the driver of speed, fuel level, mileage, temperature and navigation instructions.

The updated 8.8” touchscreen display with navigation offers the vehicle a refined surface look, with the audio control panel, hazard light buttons and driver assistance systems seamlessly integrated into its circular control unit.

For a focused driving experience, owners can also take advantage of the Head Up Display. In-car entertainment comes in the form of a 12-speaker Harman Kardon HiFi Loudspeaker System. Both variants now include Driving Assistant system as standard.


A 2-litre MINI TwinPower Turbo engine sits at the heart of the MINI Cooper S Countryman, enabling the vehicle to produce 192 hp and 280 Nm of torque to achieve a century sprint in 7.5 seconds. This MINI variant is capable of a top speed of 226 km/h.

Paired with a 7-Speed Dual Clutch Sports Automatic Transmission, the vehicle can achieve extremely fast gear change with a high degree of shift comfort and optimised efficiency.

Meanwhile, the MINI Cooper SE Countryman is powered by a 1.5 litre MINI TwinPower Turbo engine and an electric motor, producing a combined power of 224 hp and 385Nm of torque. The plug-in hybrid is capable of going from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.8 seconds. The top speed of the MINI Cooper SE Countryman is 194 km/h.

The New MINI Cooper SE Countryman features the latest eDrive technology which includes a high-voltage lithium battery with a gross energy content of 10 kWh, providing the new plug-in hybrid a maximum electrically powered range of 48 kilometres.

Additionally, the ALL4 all-wheel drive system provides a noticeable boost in terms of traction, driving stability and agility. With its fast and precise electronic control, the system ensures need-based distribution of power between the front and rear wheels in all road surface and weather conditions.

The cutting-edge eDrive technology in the New MINI Cooper SE Countryman provides owners with three modes.

Charging the Cooper SE Countryman

The New MINI Cooper SE Countryman can be charged at home by connecting it to a power socket via the home charging cable, which comes standard with the vehicle. Depending on the voltage of the household power grid, it takes approximately 5 hours @ 2.3kW to charge from 0-100%.

Alternatively, the plug-in hybrid vehicle can be charged in one of over 300 public charging facilities across Malaysia, using the public charging cable. The 0-100% charging time with the Public Charging Station is approximately 3 hours 15 minutes @ 3.7kW.

MINI Malaysia will provide every MINI Cooper SE Countryman owner with a complimentary MINI Public Charging Cable and a one-year free subscription of unlimited charging at all ChargEV stations nationwide.

Owners of the MINI Cooper SE Countryman can also enjoy the eDrive Services on their MINI Connected App which provides information such as current battery status, electric range, charge timer, personal efficiency status data, the nearest charging station and pre-conditioning at their fingertips.

The New MINI Countryman variants are available in Chili Red, White Silver, Island Blue, Thunder Grey, British Racing Green and for the first-time ever, Sage Green –a captivating hue inspired by nature.

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MINI Announces New Year Sales Campaign

MINI Countryman SE

MINI Malaysia just welcomed the year of the Ox with a special sales campaign for the MINI Countryman SE plug-in hybrid, which includes interest rates from 0% and more.

The campaign entitles all new owners of the MINI Countryman SE to interest rates from as low as 0% (based on Straight Line Financing), monthly instalment plans from RM2,678, and the extended 8-Year High Voltage Battery Warranty.

New MINI Countryman SE owners who purchase the 4-Year MINI Service and Repair Inclusive (MSRI) Programme are also entitled to an extra complimentary year of the programme.

Harald Hoelzl, Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia said, “The new year brings a host of new opportunities, and we are pleased to place the MINI Countryman SE at the forefront of our latest programme.”0

“As we move into 2021, the new MINI Countryman SE programme underlines our continued commitment towards accelerating the adoption of electromobility in Malaysia – especially while the SST exemption is still in place. The opportunity also allows us to better deliver the undeniable thrill of MINI ownership to our loyal customers nationwide.”

The MINI Countryman SE All4 PHEV

Powering the MINI Countryman SE All4 PHEV is a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine that makes 134 hp and 220 Nm of torque, paired to a six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. Complementing the engine and gearbox is a rear-mounted electric motor producing 87 hp and 165 Nm of torque.

Together, the engine and electric motor make a combined system output of 224 PS and 385 Nm of torque, enabling the Countryman SE to do the century sprint in 6.8 seconds, which is actually quicker than the MINI Cooper S  that does it in 7.4 seconds. Top speed stands at 198 km/h.

The MINI Countryman SE also features the advanced MINI All-Wheel-Drive System that provides optimal grip and maximum enjoyment for every ride, as well as the eDrive mode that allows drivers to select either electric, combustion engine or the hybrid driving mode to provide a more efficient travelling experience.

MINI Countryman

Convenience is offered via the MINI Remote Services, which allows for monitoring of the vehicle’s status as well as pre-conditioning of the vehicle before travel – all remotely via a smartphone, anywhere and at any time.

Interior highlights of the electrified MINI Countryman include the Head-Up Display and 4G LTE Sim Card MINI Connected – as they provide seamless on-the-road infotainment. With lower emissions and high performance, the MINI Countryman SE presents a rewarding driving experience – while saving on fuel.

View the complete MINI range’s price list here.

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McD Car Park to Have Electric Car Charging Points

mcd charging station

By the end of 2021, 100 McDonald’s restaurant outlets across Italy will have 2 electric vehicle charging points each.

The move is in line with McD’s efforts in facilitating the transition towards electric mobility, which is going to be the future of the automotive landscape worldwide.

A new partnership between McDonald’s Italia and energy transformation specialists Enel X was established yesterday, which will see the installation of 200 charging points for electric vehicles inside the 100  McDonald’s car parks across Italy.

It is said that the charging stations will offer a new service to customers, allowing two vehicles to be charged simultaneously with available power of up to 22 kW in AC for the “JuicePole” charger and of at least 50 kW in DC for the “JuicePump” charger.

With the latter, an average of about 30 minutes will be sufficient to “charge up” with electrical energy, the equivalent of the average time it takes McDonald’s customers to have a meal inside the restaurant.

It is said that the charging points working at maximum output will lead to a net saving of over 1,800 tons of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere, a figure that corresponds to the CO2 absorbed by over 100,000 trees in one year.

“We are the biggest restaurant chain in the world and we feel we should get directly involved in some of today’s more urgent social and environmental challenges,” states Tommaso Valle, Corporate Relations and Sustainability Director at McDonald’s Italia. 

The decision to implement this project strengthens McDonald’s commitment towards sustainability, the cornerstone of the entire company strategy and which develops right through the entire supply chain, from the field to the tray.

 “The agreement with McDonald’s enables people to easily and consciously approach the world of electric mobility, the only real option for travelling with due regard for the environment,” stated Federico Caleno, Head of e-mobility Italy for Enel X. 

On the basis of available figures, the number of electrical vehicles in the world is over 7.7 million, of which over 2.25 million were sold in 2019 alone.

To date, Enel X has installed over 10,500 charging points in Italy and expects to reach a total of 28,000 by 2022.

Thanks to Enel X’s e-Mobility Emission Saving tool it has been calculated that the charging services provided using the connected infrastructures have enabled its customers to travel over 100 million km on electricity and saving the environment over 12 million kg of CO2, equal to the quantity absorbed by about 670,000 trees in one year.

Well done, McDonald’s Italia. Let us hope that the franchise does something similar in Malaysia as well in the near future in an effort to save the world and the environment.

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8 Years Battery Warranty For BMW and MINI PHEV Models

BMW Group Malaysia is now extending its current PHEV battery warranty programme for its BMW and MINI vehicles by an additional 2 Years and 60,000KM, bringing the programme to 8 Years/ 160,000KM (whichever comes first).

The New Battery Warranty Programme is also available as an extension via the BMW and MINI Aftersales Upgrade Programmes for the BMW 330e, BMW X5 xDrive 40e, BMW 530e and MINI Countryman PHEV at RM 2,200 as well as the BMW 740Le at RM 7,600.

The PHEV Battery Warranty Programme is available from now until 31st December 2020.

Selected models purchased during the campaign period will also receive complimentary 1-year BMW Comprehensive Motor Insurance, as well as complimentary 1-year BMW Ultimate Protection Programme – including the BMW 740Le.

New owners of the BMW 740Le will also enjoy an attractive cash rebate of RM60,000, a low financing rate of 0.88% with the BMW Straight Line Financing Solution, and an automatic entry to the BMW i8 Coupe contest.

Additionally, the BMW 740Le will be equipped with a complimentary BMW i Wallbox Plus and BMW i AC Fast Charging Cable with the BMW i Wallbox Promo. The new battery warranty programme is also available to the BMW 740Le as an Aftersales upgrade package for an additional RM7,600.

New owners will be entitled to additional cash rebates starting from RM5,000 to RM40,000 with their purchase of the BMW 740Le or select BMW 3 Series and BMW 5 Series models. Terms and conditions apply.

BMW Malaysia also introduced a separate programme of a complimentary 3-month instalment plan for select BMW models purchased, with the BMW Straight Line or Easy Drive Financing Solution, between now to 30th June 2020. New owners can also enjoy an attractive financing rate from 0% with this program. Cash rebates from RM10,000 to RM30,000 are available, along with complimentary 1-year BMW Ultimate Protection Programme for the selected models.

To take advantage of this campaign, new owners need only book with a minimum down payment of 20% on any of the BMW 740Le LCI, BMW X3 xDrive30i Luxury, BMW X1 sDrive20i, or select BMW 5 Series and BMW 3 Series models.

With an in-showroom purchase of the BMW 740Le, owners automatically stand a chance to be in the running to drive home a brand-new BMW i8 Coupe. Additionally, purchases of the BMW 530e M Sport, BMW 530e Sport, BMW 840i Gran Coupe M Sport or the BMW X6 xDrive40i M Sport via BMW Shop Online exclusively would entitle potential owners to two entries to the contest.

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Volvo S60 T8 Now Gets Park Assist, Same Price – RM295,888

Volvo Car Malaysia today announced that the S60 T8 PHEV is now available as Completely Knocked-Down (CKD) version in Malaysia. The car was launched in CBU form back in October 2019.

Assembled in Volvo’s plant in Shah Alam which also happens to be the oldest car plant in the country, the price of the S60 T8 remains unchanged at RM295,888 on the road without insurance.

Specs wise, things remain largely the same except for the addition of the Park Assist Pilot system and a powered boot which now come as standard. It is also worth mentioning that the 12V socket and netting in the boot which was there in the CBU version, as well as the Birch Light exterior colour option, are now gone.

Anyways, here’s how Park Assist Pilot works:

Power comes courtesy of a 2.0-litre twin-charged petrol engine that drives the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox, and an electric motor which sends power exclusively to the rear wheels. Total system output stands at 407 PS and 640 Nm of torque, which translates into a 0-100 km/h run in an impressive 4.4 seconds.

The hybrid battery on the other hand, is an 11.6 kWh lithium-ion unit which offers an electric driving range of up to 49 km. It can be fully charged in about three hours using a 3.7 kW outlet.

While key exterior features include the R-Design kit, Thor’s Hammer LED DRL, LED headlights and taillights, 19-inch wheels, twin mufflers, and blacked out wing mirrors, interior highlights include Charcoal Fine Nappa Leather upholstery, a tailored dashboard, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, and the Sensus Connect infotainment system that is fully compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

On the subject of safety, the Volvo S60 T8 CKD offers City Safety with Autobrake technology, which assists the driver in avoiding potential collisions and is the only system in the market to recognise pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. In a world-first for the mid-size sedan segment, City Safety now also engages auto braking to mitigate oncoming collisions.

The Pilot Assist system – which supports the driver with steering, acceleration and braking on well-marked roads up to 130km/h – has been upgraded with improved cornering performance.

The Volvo S60 T8 CKD also includes Run-off Road Mitigation, Oncoming Lane Mitigation and other steering assistance systems. The Cross Traffic Alert further enhances safety for people inside and outside the car designed to detect traffic crossing behind the car when reversing.

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Evoque PHEV variant for Malaysia after NAP 2018 arrives

The Evoque joins the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover in offering plug-in hybrid (PHEV) options and it might just come to Malaysia if the National Automotive Policy 2018 (NAP) gives incentives for PHEV and low emission vehicles.

For this new Evoque PHEV, Land Rover will add a 300-volt plug-in hybrid will toward the end of next year. It will have an electric motor mated to a new 3-cylinder petrol engine that will reduce CO2 emissions to below 45 grams per km.

The Evoque’s all-wheel drive versions will be available with a 48-volt mild-hybrid that adds a belt-driven starter-generator to capture energy lost in braking and add electric assistance under acceleration.

The engine will also shut off below speeds of 17km/h to save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions. The most fuel efficient mild-hybrid diesel version has CO2 emissions of 149 g/km, Land Rover said.

Electrification is key to reducing JLR’s CO2 levels below the agreed 135 g/km average needed to avoid fines when the European Union introduce tougher CO2 emissions limits for new vehicles in 2020/21.

JLR’s average European emissions are currently at 178 g/km, the company said earlier this year. JLR said last year every new model will come with electrified options from 2020 onwards.

The most powerful option is a petrol version with an output of 296 hp. The Evoque will continue to be available with a 9-speed automatic gearbox. This new Evoque is not bigger than the model it replaces and features almost identical footprint. However, thanks to Land Rover’s new mixed-metal Premium Transverse Architecture, it provides more room for the passengers, especially at the back. The cargo space is some 6% larger at 610 liters growing up to 1,430 liters with the rear seats folded. Look out for its arrival here in Malaysia in the coming months.

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