MINI has launched the all-new Countryman SUV in India with prices starting from Rs 34.90 lakh (ex-showroom, India). First showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo, the newly launched car replaces previous generation Countryman in India that was first launched in 2010 and was also the first MINI to be assembled here in India. The Countryman is made available in two petrol variants - S and JCW and one diesel - SD variant priced at Rs 34.90 lakh (ex-showroom, India) for the Cooper S, Rs 41.4 lakh (ex-showroom, India) for the Cooper S JCW and Rs 37.4 lakh (ex-showroom, India) for the Cooper SD. To be locally assembled at BMW’s Chennai plant, the new MINI Countryman underpins the new BMW X1.
Under the hood, the 2018 MINI Countryman will come in both petrol and diesel engine options- the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine capable of producing max power 189 bhp and peak torque of 280 Nm and the 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine churning out 188 bhp of max power and 400 Nm of peak torque. The transmission duties will be carried out by an 8-Speed Steptronic transmission. In terms of performance, while the petrol version is capable of going from 0 to 100 kmph in less than 7.5 seconds, the diesel engine can do the same sprint in 7.7 seconds.
Talking about the design, styling and features, the newly launched MINI Countryman is 200 mm longer and 30 mm wider than its predecessor, while the wheelbase has been increased by 75 mm. In terms of looks, the 2018 Countryman is more squarish in its stance, along with the familiar 'floating roof', large headlamps and hexagonal radiator grille carried forward from the first generation MINI Countryman with subtle changes. With LED lighting now an option, the headlamp units differ from other MINI models by having an asymmetric shape. Moving towards the rear, the car offers vertically arranged light units, the Countryman badging across the boot lid and the pronounced wheel arches.
At the interior, the newly launched crossover offers 30 per cent extra space as claimed by the company. Hence, apart from offering more front and rear legroom, front and rear headroom and rear seat shoulder-room than before, the second generation MINI Countryman also offers MINI's acclaimed Satellite Navigation System, Bluetooth, Cruise Control, Emergency E-call and Active Guard among others. Other than these, the car also offers personalization options for its buyers. The customization options include extensive color and trim options, advanced technology features and a range of option packs such as a new 8.8-inch touchscreen display as part of the MINI Navigation System XL, offering touchscreen multimedia and navigation control for the first time in a MINI.
The first generation MINI Countryman was launched in the country in 2010 and now the BMW owned company has introduced the second generation of the crossover. However, the deliveries for the 2018 MINI Countryman will commence from June 2018 onwards. The next gen MINI Countryman takes against the likes of the Volvo V40 Cross Country and the Volkswagen Beetle. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates.