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PostHeaderIcon 10 Best Handling Crossovers on the Market

Crossovers are vehicles designed to look like they can go off-road, but really be at their best on the road. Sure, some can do light off-roading, but realistically you won’t want to stray too far from the blacktop or the occasional bumpy gravel backroad.

To this end it’s not trivial to know which of these 4×4-aping high riders are best out on the open (and sometimes twisty) road, since it’s where they will spend most of their time. But don’t go thinking that they are on par with more conventional car shapes, because their higher center of gravity and usually higher mass will affect handling.

Safety is at the top of buyers’ lists these days, but what many don’t think about when browsing lists of cars rated with safety stars is that good, predictable road manners and sharp handling are one of the biggest safety features a car can have, since they allow the driver to avoid crashing in the first place.

And while crossovers may give occupants a feeling of extra safety when they’re on board, their poor road manners bring this into question.

Here’s a list of the 10 best handling high-riding vehicles ever made.

PostHeaderIcon MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 – Driven

Plug-in cars are the future, and the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 seeks to prove they can be both practical and fun to drive.

And we’re not talking fun to drive in the “let’s see how far I can go on a tank of fuel” sense. We’re talking in the traditional, pedal-to-the-metal sense.

In a lot of ways, the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 succeeds in its mission. In one important way, however, I felt like it needed a little work.

PostHeaderIcon MINI Countryman Panamericana Plug-In Hybrid Is Ready To Go The Distance

The 2018 New York International Auto Show is now in full swing, and MINI is getting in on the action with the debut of a unique new version of the Cooper SE Countryman ALL4. Rocking a select group of updates “specially designed for extremely challenging routes,” it’s a fresh take on mixing electric and gasoline motivation in a stylish British package.

Continue reading for the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Mini John Cooper Works Rally And Buggy

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As is tradition, the world of motor sport is looking to kick off 2018 with the infamous Dakar Rally, one of the most brutal, unforgiving, car-breaking, will-sapping events ever conceived. The Dakar heads into its 40th running this year, and its tenth stint in South America after the move across the Atlantic in 2009, and once again, competitors will do battle over a variety of terrain, from sand, to tarmac, to boulder fields, to 13,000-foot mountain passes. With so much tough terrain and such insane distances to cover, simply completing the Dakar is considered a major accomplishment. However, X-raid and Mini aren’t looking to just reach the finish line – they wanna win. Thus far, the collaborative effort has yielded four consecutive victories between 2012 and 2015, with the most recent outing in 2017 snagging sixth overall thanks to the efforts of Argentinian driver Orlando Terranova. Now, X-raid and Mini are gearing up for a fresh approach that includes the brand-new RWD Mini John Cooper Works Buggy. Created to take advantage of certain regulations to bolster 2WD competition, the Buggy will race alongside the more traditional Countryman-based 4WD Mini John Cooper Works Rally for a two-pronged approach to tackling the Dakar.

Fittingly, both vehicles were presented in Paris prior to their competition debut. The Buggy is a particularly exciting new venture for the Germany-based X-raid, which for the past 15 years has focused primarily on 4WD competition vehicles. However, with an experienced roster of drivers ready to take the controls, plus the proven Mini Rally to bolster the ranks, the team is feeling good about its chances. Read on for details on what makes these machines tick.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mini John Cooper Works Rally.

RALLYE DU MAROC 2017

Wracamy jeszcze do naszego ostatniego startu cross-country w sezonie 2017! Podsumowanie Rallye du Maroc 🙂

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Exterior

  • Unique exterior between the Rally and the Buggy
  • Rally takes its inspiration from the Mini Countryman
  • Carbon fiber and kevlar body panels to cut weight
  • Aerodynamically optimized package
  • Big fenders to fit big suspension
  • Tough underbody protection

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“The bespoke exterior looks tough and ready for competition, with ultra-high fenders, a plethora of intakes and scoops, and loads of underbody protection as well”

While both the Countryman-based Mini Rally and the 2WD Mini Buggy employ body panels constructed from carbon fiber reinforced plastic and kevlar (to help save weight), the Buggy is unique in its aesthetic. The bespoke exterior looks tough and ready for competition, with ultra-high fenders, a plethora of intakes and scoops, and loads of underbody protection as well. Several outside sources assisted in the creation of the Buggy’s exterior, all of which collaborated to make sure it was “aerodynamically optimized” and could easily cut through the atmosphere at speed. “The aero package was of major importance and was enhanced together with KLK in many simulations,” said X-raid Team Manager Sven Quandt. “The final looks of the vehicle were created in cooperation with Mini Design.


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Meanwhile, the Countryman-based 4WD Mini Rally looks a little closer to something you might buy in a showroom, albeit with innumerable enhancements under (and over) the skin. While the overall shape of the Mini Rally is similar to the street-friendly sub-compact crossover, it too gets impossibly flared fenders, tons of extra ground clearance, an extra intake on the roof, tough underbody protection, and a few sponsorship stickers as well.

Cute these Minis are not.

Finally, there are 17-inch diameter wheels on the Buggy and 16-inch wheels on the Countryman-based Rally.

Exterior Dimensions

Mini John Cooper Works Buggy Mini John Cooper Works Rally
Length 4,332 mm (170.6 inches) 4,350 mm (171.3 inches)
Width 2,200 mm (86.6 inches) 1,999 mm (78.7 inches)
Height 1,935 mm (76.2 inches) 2,000 mm (78.7 inches)
Wheelbase 3,100 mm (122 inches) 2,900 mm (114.2 inches)
Track Width 1,855 mm (73 inches) 1,736 mm (68.3 inches)

Interior

  • Stripped down and business like
  • Lots of vents to keep it cool
  • Digital instrumentation
  • Loads of tools and spares in case something breaks

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Note: Mini All4 Racing pictured here.

While we didn’t get a full rundown on the interior spec for these machines, there are a few things to mention right off the bat. First off, both will get utterly stripped-down cockpits, with bucket racing seats and multi-point racing harnesses to keep driver and co-pilot in place while rocketing through the scenery. Various vents and intakes will help to keep ’em cool while on the move, including via small sliding ports in the lexan windows. Digital instrumentation will help the pilots keep tabs on the vitals.

If something does happen to go boom (and considering this is the Dakar, that’s definitely a distinct possibility), the racers come equipped with a plethora of tools and spare parts. If called upon, the pilots can set up a little impromptu workshop out in the field to quickly get them back up and running.

Drivetrain

  • Similar drivetrain and powertrain between the Buggy and Rally
  • Turbocharged diesel powerplant
  • 340 horsepower, 590 pound-feet of torque
  • Six-speed transmission
  • Xtrac differential
  • 118 mph top speed

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“Developed with input from BMW Steyr, both oil burners produce peak output figures of 340 horsepower at 3,250 rpm and 800 Nm (590 pound-feet) of torque at 1,850 rpm”

The beating heart for both the Buggy and the Mini Rally is a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel powerplant. Developed with input from BMW Steyr, both oil burners produce peak output figures of 340 horsepower at 3,250 rpm and 800 Nm (590 pound-feet) of torque at 1,850 rpm. Regulations dictate that the engines must suck the atmosphere through a 38 mm (1.5-inch) restrictor, otherwise you can bet these lumps would be making a helluva lot more power. Top speed is clocked at 190 km/h (118 mph), which might not seem very high at first glance. That is, until you realize the sort of terrain its over.

“Top speed is clocked at 118 mph, which might not seem very high at first glance. That is, until you realize the sort of terrain its over. ”

Although the engine utilizes BMW-bred turbocharging technology, the transmission and drivetrain are both newly developed for the racing application. And even with the Buggy using RWD and the Mini Rally using 4WD, the drivetrains for both are quite similar in terms of which performance company makes which components. Both racers utilize a six-speed gearbox from Sadev, a high-performance clutch from AP Racing, and a differential from Xtrac. Both also have a 325-liter (85.9-gallon) fuel capacity.

Mini John Cooper Works Rally And Buggy Engine And Performance Specs

Engine turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel
Drive Type RWD (Buggy), 4WD (Rally)
Horsepower 340 HP @ 3,250 RPM
Torque 590 LB-FT @ 1,850 RPM
Transmission Sadev six-speed
Clutch AP Racing
Differential Xtrac
Top Speed 118 mph

Chassis And Handling

  • Tubular steel frames
  • Up to 11 inches of suspension travel
  • Roughly 4,000-pound curb weight for the Rally
  • Roughly 3,750-pound curb weight for the Buggy
  • Two spares for the Buggy, three for the Rally
  • Obsessive weight reduction – down to the screws used

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“Under those composite body panels, you'll find the Buggy and Mini Rally get a specially designed tubular steel frame”

Under those composite body panels, you’ll find the Buggy and Mini Rally get a specially designed tubular steel frame. Basically, these are custom-built racers with almost nothing in common with Mini’s production line, but hey – this is the Dakar. Any and all advantages you can get are well worth the investment.

This time around, the Mini John Cooper Works Rally gets a refresh for its chassis, offering up more suspension travel and further weight reduction compared to the outgoing iteration. The suspension travel was increased from 250 mm (9.8 inches) to 280 mm (11 inches), making for a massive amount of leeway when bashing through harsh terrain. Meanwhile, the Mini Rally’s weight was reduced from 1,952 kg (4,303 pounds) to 1,850 kg (4,079 pounds), a significant savings in the world of top-shelf motorsport competition.


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“Basically, these are custom-built racers with almost nothing in common with Mini's production line, but hey – this is the Dakar.”

“We succeeded in achieving the new minimum weight,” said Team Manager Quandt. “We looked at absolutely every component. As a result, the thickness of the carbon fiber body and the weight of the frame were reduced. We also checked all screws what [sic] helped us to save another three to four kilograms. This demonstrates that reducing the car’s weight really was an in-depth effort.”

All those weight saving efforts benefited the Buggy as well, and thanks to the lack of extra driven wheels, the rear-wheeler weighs just 1,700 kg (3,748 pounds) when empty. Of course, that 150-kg weight loss is the trade off for reducing traction by half.


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“The rear-wheeler Buggy weighs just 3,748 pounds when empty, a trade off for half the traction.”

To haul down the Buggy, the RWD machine gets Brembo brake discs measured at 355 mm (14 inches) by 32 mm (1.3 inches). There are also two spare wheels in case of punctures, with the rubber coming from BF Goodrich and measuring in at 37 inches tall and 12.5 inches wide.

Meanwhile, the Works Rally gets AP disc brakes measured at 320 mm (12.6 inches) by 32 mm (1.3 inches), with ventilated air cooling in front and water-chilled cooling in the rear. To stave off the DNFs, the Rally gets three spare wheels, with BF Goodrich once again supplying the rubber, this time measuring in at 245/80.

Competition

Peugeot 2008 DKR Maxi


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Like the Mini, the Peugeot 2008 is based on a street machine, and also like the Mini, this Dakar champion has very little in common with the production variant. Without a doubt, Peugeot is Mini’s chief rival, having lost the last two Dakars to the French automaker. This year, the Peugeot Total team is going for its third consecutive win, and the 2008 DKR is looking as mean as it’s ever been. And with Peugeot boasting a roster that includes rally legends like Sebastien Loeb and Carlos Sainz, Mini definitely has its work cut out for it.

Read our full review on the Peugeot 2008 DKR Maxi.

Conclusion


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“Despite its fresh-start beginnings, the Mini John Cooper Works Buggy has performed quite well in testing thus far.”

While the Mini Rally is certainly impressive, it’s the Buggy that really piques our interest. While the larger SUV has seen the field of battle, the Buggy is still green, as construction only got underway this past February. That’s not a lot of time to develop a world-beating racer, but the X-raid team poured a lot into the project in such a short period.

“This has been the biggest project in our company’s history so far and we have worked extremely hard at it,” said X-raid Team Manager Sven Quandt. In total, more than 50 engineers from X-raid contributed to its creation, as did several other company partners, such as BMW Motorsport, Magna Steyr, Heggemann, CP Autosport, and Faster. “It was the very first buggy designed and built by us but we could benefit from our massive cross-country experience.”

Despite its fresh-start beginnings, the Mini John Cooper Works Buggy has performed quite well in testing thus far, with the team wringing it out on a variety of terrain, conducting sessions in locales like Hungary and Morocco. “During this time the Buggy never had to stop once due to a technical problem, which is really quite remarkable,” said Team Manager Quandt. “Despite all the euphoria, we must definitely not forget the Mini John Cooper Works Rally. There are tracks and types of terrain where an all-wheel drive has advantages. What is more, our car is extremely reliable.”

This year, the Mini X-Raid Dakar effort includes no less than seven cars and a corresponding roster of drivers and co-drivers. There will be three new Mini John Cooper Works Buggies, with drivers including Mikko Hirvonen from Finland, Bryce Menzies from the U.S., and Yazeed Al-Rajhi from Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, taking the helm of the remaining four Mini John Cooper Works Rally will be Argentina’s Orlando Terranova, Poland’s Jakub Przygonski, Spain’s Joan “Nani” Roma, and Chile’s Boris Garafulic.

“This year, the Mini X-Raid Dakar effort includes no less than seven cars and a corresponding roster of drivers and co-drivers.”

“It’s our goal to make it onto the podium,” said Quandt. “No matter if the Mini John Cooper Works Buggy or the Mini John Cooper Works Rally makes it. There are many variables we can’t control, such as the routing, the weather and – of course – a little dose of luck, which is something you definitely need if you want to succeed in the Dakar.”

“With these two cars we have the most powerful Mini family that ever raced at the Dakar Rally,” said Mini Senior Vice President Sebastian Mackensen.

However – will it be enough to stop Peugeot from grabbing a third consecutive win?

The opening stage of the Dakar is set to take place on January 6th in Lima, Peru, with the final stage set for completion by January 20th in Cordoba, Argentina.

  • Leave it
    • * Peugeot is on a roll
    • * Luck plays a major role in success at the Dakar
    • * Will the advantages of RWD outweigh the drawbacks?

References

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Read our full review on the 2017 Mini Countryman.


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Read our full review on the 2018 Mini Countryman JCW.


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Read our full review on the 2015 Mini ALL4 Racing.

PostHeaderIcon The Mini Cooper Countryman Has The Heart of a Supercar

Did you know the all-new 2017 Mini Cooper Countryman shares its turbocharged engine with a supercar? Indeed it does. Perhaps even more surprising, the Countryman only has 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. Wait, what? Yep, the Countryman shares it internal combustion engine with the BMW i8 – the hybrid halo coupe hailing from Munich.

The engine in question is BMW’s B38 1.5-liter turbocharged inline three-cylinder. The all-aluminum mill uses direct fuel injection and variable valve timing mixed with an 11:1 compression ratio and a single-scroll turbocharger to make its power. Two interesting side notes: the turbo is the first ever to use an aluminum housing and BMW still brands the 1.5-liter with the TwinPower name despite it not having a twin-scroll turbocharger.

Despite the technological wizardry, the Mini Countryman still weighs around 3,500 pounds, meaning it isn’t a hot performance machine. The sprint to 60 mph takes roughly 9.5 seconds and top speed caps at 120 mph. Needless to say, the Countryman isn’t a BMW i8.

Speaking of which, the BMW i8 hooks its 1.5-liter three-cylinder to a 7.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack and two electric motors. Combined, the gasoline-electric hybrid system zaps out 357 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. While technically not supercar numbers either, the i8 is capable of hitting 60 mph in 4.0 seconds and reaching a top speed governed at 155 mph – far more impressive than the Countryman.

Still, it’s interesting to see how BMW has used the same engine two very different ways in two very different vehicles. So, what do you think? Does the shared engine boost your view of the Mini Cooper Countryman or degrade your view of the BMW i8? Let us know in the comments below.

References

BMW i8


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Read our full driven review on the BMW i8.

Mini Countryman


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Read our full review on the Mini Countryman.

PostHeaderIcon MINI Countryman Earns Euro NCAP 5-Star Safety Rating

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The new version of the MINI Countryman has been through the rigorous crash tests and evaluations of the Euro NCAP organization and, with a degree of inevitability, it has passed the tests without breaking a sweat. What we mean by that is the trendy SUV got a 5-star rating.

That means the Countryboy, which is more apt for an urban-oriented car like this, is one of the safest vehicles in any class you can buy and trust the lives of your children to. Actually, the MINI Countryman is particularly good as protecting children since in NCAP tests the car performed brilliantly regardless of the size and seat position of the occupants. The safety agency also praised the Countryman for the performance of its headrests which effectively protect the passengers from neck and spine injuries in the case of a rear-end crash.

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The new MINI Countryman also features an impact absorber in the front apron area as well as an active engine hood for optimum pedestrian protection. In the case of a collision with a pedestrian or cyclist, the hood is automatically raised up to prevent the risk of injuries occurring due to impacting especially hard parts of the engine. So not only is this car safe for you, it is also easy on those you may run over!

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PostHeaderIcon Official: MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

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With the launch of the new 2017 MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 the British brand presents its first model with a plug-in hybrid system which provides emission-free electric drive. The hybrid Countryman uses a 3-cylinder petrol engine and a synchronous electric motor which promises an average fuel consumption of 2.3 – 2.1 litres per 100 kilometres and the CO2 emissions figure of 52 – 49 grams per kilometer.

Those figures are pretty astonishing, especially when you take into account the fact that the hybrid system powering the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 churns out 224 hp. Another amazing number is the top speed of 125 km/h in electric mode along with a range of up to 42 km. Last but not least, we have the ALL4 four-wheel-drive system which is electrified.

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Being a plug-in hybrid means MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 needs the occasional charging via the power outlet. But it’s not that bad since the lithium-ion high-voltage battery can be charged at a wallbox in 2:30 hours. Charging at a regular household socket takes 3:15 hours. The Cooper S E also features an eDrive toggle switch which enables the driver to switch between various self-explanatory operational modes including AUTO eDRIVE, MAX eDRIVE, and SAVE BATTERY. The rest of the car is standard Countryman, which is a nice blend of style, practicality, and quirkiness. Unless they give this model an unreasonable price tag, the Cooper S E Countryman plug-in is the one every buyer should choose.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Mini Countryman John Cooper Works Unveiled

Mini just revealed the new Countryman John Cooper Works, which means the compact crossover now gets more space, more style, and more importantly, more speed. Now in its second generation, the Countryman JCW is the largest and most powerful Mini yet.

In case you were unaware, John Cooper Works is Mini’s performance badge, homage to the famous sports car designer of the same name. Any modern Mini with an inkling of sporting intent carries the JCW designation, and as such, the Countryman JCW gets upgrades to the engine, transmission, AWD system, suspension, aero, and interior design.

Let’s get down to the specifics then, shall we? Mounted behind the grille is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which was turbocharged to 228 horsepower at 5,000 rpm, and 258 pound-feat of torque between 1,450 and 4,500 rpm. And if you’re keeping score, that’s 20 ponies more than the outgoing Countryman.

Features include direct fuel injection, plus variable valve control and variable camshaft control (a.k.a. BMW’s Double Vanos system). Specific to the JCW model are new pistons, a new intercooler, and an additional radiator. There’s also a sport exhaust with a controllable flap and dual chrome tips.

Incredibly, Mini says the turbo pumps out an eye-popping 2.2 bar of boost (31.9 psi), but that’s gotta be a typo – we think 1.2 bar (17.4 psi) is closer to the truth!

Performance figures look like 6.2 seconds to 60 mph, while top speed is capped at 145 mph.

Cog swaps come courtesy of a standard six-speed manual, while an eight-speed Steptronic Sport Automatic is optional. Further JCW touches include a sportier suspension, 18-inch alloy rollers, and a Brembo brake package.

Outside, you’ll find more aerodynamic touches, plus larger intakes up front. The headlights get LEDs as standard. The body also gains 6.7 inches in length, 1.3 inches in width, and an extra 2.9 inches in the wheelbase.

Inside is seating for five, plus JCW-specific sports seats. Pilots can select from multiple driving modes, and should enjoy the 6.5-inch infotainment screen and various Connected features.

The 2018 Mini Countryman JCW will make its worldwide debut this coming April at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show. Look for it in U.S. dealerships around that time.


PostHeaderIcon Mini Countryman

Launched in 2010, the Countryman is one of the newest additions to the Mini family. Based on the Crossover Concept, the company’s first mini SUV debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show with a range of four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines, a six-speed manual, and a six-speed automatic transmission. An all-wheel-drive model was added for the 2014 model year, a year before the Countryman received its mid-cycle refresh. Longer, wider and taller than any other Mini, the Countryman just got even larger with the second-generation model.

The new Countryman was spotted testing in Germany as early as September of 2014. Two years have passed and the crossover was unveiled at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. Significantly larger than its predecessor, the new Countryman boasts a new exterior and a revamped interior with modern features and new technology. Although Mini claims that the new crossover “remains firmly rooted in the tradition of the British brand,” the modern-day Countryman has very little in common with the original two-door estate from the 1960s.

This will be highly noticeable among purists, some of which might be offended by the comparison, but open-minded fans will probably appreciate the enhanced roominess and larger trunk space that come with a longer and wider body. The redesigned crossover will hit North American shores starting March 2017. Stay tuned for updates.

Updated 12/07/2016: Mini announced prices for the 2017 Countryman which will go on sale in March 2017.

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PostHeaderIcon Meet the Mini Countryman E Prototype

The first production series hybrid car, the Toyota Prius, may be only two decades old, but hybrid drivetrains have become increasingly popular over the years, to the extent that nearly every automaker offers or is at least working on one. Such is the case with Mini, which is about to launch its first-ever hybrid.

Still being tested on public roads ahead of production, the company’s first hybrid will be based on the Countryman crossover. Dubbed Countryman E, it’s almost identical to the conventional model, but uses hybrid technology borrowed from BMW, and is all-wheel drive when the combustion engine and electric motor are used at the same time.

Although Mini has yet to showcase a production-ready model and the prototype is still wearing the familiar black-and-yellow camouflage, the hybrid is identical to its gasoline and diesel siblings on the outside. Like any plug-in, it does feature a charging socket, but the device is discreetly integrated into the small vent on the left bumper (or side scuttle in Mini talk). The production car will also sport an “E” badge, but other than that, you won’t know it’s a hybrid.

Inside, the start/stop button in the center of the dashboard glows yellow instead of red, while the instrument cluster display will include a battery status display and other hybrid-specific information.

Mini didn’t say what engine and electric motor make up the hybrid drivetrain, but a turbocharged, 1.5-liter three-cylinder and a compact motor rated at 88 horsepower are the most likely options. The three-pot will spin the front wheels, while the electric motor will be installed right over the rear axle and will motivate the rear wheels.

The British firm says that the hybrid model will always start in electric mode, while the combustion engine will be engaged depending on the vehicle’s speed and the intensity with which the driver operates the accelerator pedal. Speaking of the latter, Mini promises “catapult-like acceleration” due to the instant torque generated by the electric motor. The drivetrain will have three modes. Auto eDrive will permit speeds of up to 50 mph, while Max eDrive will allow the driver to travel with speeds of up to 78 mph. The third mode is Save Battery, in which the combustion engine moves the car while the high voltage battery retains charge at a constant level or recharge via the generator.

The hybrid also gives us our best look at the next-generation Countryman. The design is obviously evolutionary and the vehicle appears to ride a little taller than the current model. It should also be longer and wider, as all Mini cars have grown larger with each generation. The new Countryman will be unveiled by the end of the year and arrive in showrooms in 2017.

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PostHeaderIcon Mini Countryman

Launched in 2010, the Countryman is one of the newest additions to the New Mini family. Based on the Crossover Concept, the company’s first mini SUV debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show with a range of four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines, a six-speed manual, and a six-speed automatic transmission. An all-wheel-drive model was added for the 2014 model year, a year before the Countryman received its mid-cycle refresh. Longer, wider and taller than any other Mini, the Countryman is currently being built alongside the Paceman by Magna Steyr in Austria. With the facelifted version of the current model having arrived in dealerships for the 2015 model year, the Brits are already working on the next-generation Countryman.

The new Countryman has been spotted testing in Germany as early as September of 2014, but the thick camouflage and the pre-production components offered very little hints as to what will change. Come 2016 and the test vehicles are closer to their production forms, meaning there are more details to run by. Having just received a new set of spy shots, we decided to have a closer look at the upcoming Countryman before it makes its official debut. Speaking of which, expect the crossover to break cover at the next Geneva Motor Show in March 2017.

Updated 09/12/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Countryman out for a new testing session – most likely the final one before the car’s official debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October.

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PostHeaderIcon Mini Countryman John Cooper Works

The Mini Countryman was added to the Mini family back in 2010, and it was refreshed for the 2015 model year. Since then, we’ve seen spy shots of the next generation Countryman testing, with the most recent shots coming back in January of 2016. Now, we’ve got some more spy shots, but this time, they are shots of the next-generation Mini Countryman John Cooper Works. This comes as no surprise, as the next-gen Countryman is reportedly due to hit showrooms in the second half of this year, and the JCW version is sure to follow shortly after that.

As far as information goes, we have very little concerning the Countryman JCW, but the spy shots at least give us an idea of how the JCW variant will differ from the base model. Of course, the JCW models never really vary that much, but there is at least some difference to talk about. The model will, of course, get all of the new design and styling from the soon-to-be-released base model, but it will sport a few differences of its own.

With the base model Countryman debuting soon, this thing will likely hit dealerships by the end of the year. So, with that said, let’s take a closer look at these spy shots and see if we can make out anything significant on the Countryman JCW.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Mini Countryman John Cooper Works.


PostHeaderIcon UK Only: MINI Countryman Special Edition

MINI Countryman Special Edition

We’ve hearing less and less about MINI lately, especially in terms of special and limited editions. They have now come up with a new SE version of the MINI Countryman which, to be frank, is not that special and could be just a slightly posher trim grade. Still, they’ve put a 250 units production cap on it to make it at least sound special.

The blacked-out MINI Countryman Special Edition comes with a number of unique interior and exterior appointments. But as we said, they are all features a higher trim grade would have had. They are not at all special edition-ish. There is an inherent problem with excessively trendy products like MINI’s. The novelty soon wears off of them and what you end up with is a thing of little substance.

In any case, the MINI Countryman Special Edition features, on the outside, Space Grey Metallic roof and mirror caps, 18” 5-Star Double Spoke alloy wheels in black and Absolute Black Metallic body paint. These are complemented with interior upgrades such as Piano Black trims and leather upholstery in Gravity-Carbon Black.

Equipment-wise, being based on the S or SD ALL4 grade, the Special Edition gets Front Seat Heating, Automatic Air Conditioning and Xenon Headlights, plus MINI Navigation System, Voice Control, MINI Connected, Enhanced Bluetooth and USB audio.

The post UK Only: MINI Countryman Special Edition appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon Official: MINI Countryman ALL4 Business

MINI Countryman ALL4 Business-1

MINI announced the launch of a new variant of their pseudo-SUV, the Countryman. As the name suggests, MINI Countryman ALL4 Business is all for business, designed specifically for the fleet market. It comes with a diesel engines and the equipment a company driver really needs.

The equipment in question here include multi-function steering wheel including cruise control and MINI Navigation System, plus parking sensors, automatic headlights and wipers.

So the fleet driver can go further and do more. And he will be going further than rivals, because MINI Countryman ALL4 Business is based on the Cooper D model with a frugal 123g/km diesel engine. MINI has also equipped this model with the ALL4 all-wheel-drive system so as to eliminate any excuse on the part of the driver for not doing his job on account of bad weather.

MINI Countryman ALL4 Business is priced from £22,455 (monthly payments £199).

MINI Countryman ALL4 Business-2

MINI Cooper D ALL4 Countryman standard equipment:

  •     17” 5-Star Triangle Spoke alloy wheel
  •     Multifunction steering wheel, including cruise control
  •     3-spoke sport leather steering wheel
  •     Park distance control
  •     Radio Visual Boost
  •     MINI Navigation System
  •     Floor mats in velour
  •     Storage compartment pack
  •     Rain sensor and automatic lights on
  •     Automatic air conditioning
  •     On-board computer
  •     Interior lights pack

The post Official: MINI Countryman ALL4 Business appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon Mini Countryman Park Lane

After introducing the bonkers Clubman Vision Gran Turismo, Mini didn’t see fit to come empty-handed to the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, and therefore brought a special edition of its Countryman crossover. Called the Countryman Park Lane, the special model was named after a London street in the upscale Mayfair district, while hardcore Mini aficionados may remember that this is not the first ever Park Lane model featured in the carmaker’s lineup. A more luxurious version of the classic Mini featured the Park Lane moniker in 1987, as did a posh modern Mini back in 2005.

At first glance, the special-edition Countryman isn’t overly charismatic-looking, but, as with plenty of other British models, the devil is in the details. Particularly high-end fittings are to be found as standard on the Countryman Park Lane, with the special edition being offered in up to eight different versions, depending on the market.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mini Countryman Park Lane.

Mini Countryman Park Lane originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 5 March 2015 16:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Mini Countryman Plug-In Hybrid

Our spy photographers caught the Mini Coutryman Plug-In Hybrid playing around in the show. Check out our analysis of it at TopSpeed.com.

It seems the 2016 Clubman and 2016 Countryman aren’t the only brand-new vehicles Mini is working on. Word from our spy photographers has it the British marque is also testing its first plug-in hybrid automobile. Naturally, Mini hasn’t designed a brand-new vehicle altogether, but it will implement the technology across its entire lineup over the next few years. In the meantime, the Countryman will be the only mini to feature hybrid technology and the photos we just received from out paparazzi provide us with our first look at the thriftier Mini.

Much like most test vehicles spotted, the hybrid Countryman comes wrapped in heavy camouflage, so there’s really nothing new to see as far as exterior styling goes. In fact, we have only the “Hybrid Test Vehicle” sticker on the rear bumper as a hint that this Countryman also employs an electric motor under its skin. Actual details are still unknown as Mini has yet to confirm it will offer a hybrid, but the news of a plug-in Countryman is far from shocking with a plug-in version of the 2015 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer underway. Since the two vehicles make use of the same UKL platform, it was only a matter of time before Mini began exploring hybridization.

That time has apparently come, and judging by the way things usually roll at Mini, the Countryman Plug-In Hybrid is set to arrive right after the next-generation crossover debuts sometime in 2016.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Mini Countryman Plug-In Hybrid.

Mini Countryman Plug-In Hybrid originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 2 February 2015 19:00 EST.

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