The fourth Mini variant has arrived in the country, man (sorry, couldn’t resist!). BMW Malaysia today introduced the Countryman (at the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, no less) and the four-door, five-seater vehicle effectively completes the range of Mini vehicles available in Malaysia.
The four-metre long Countryman – which we’ve written about in our comprehensive long-lead test drive report on the car – is available in two 1.6 litre engine variants, the Cooper and the Cooper S. The naturally-aspirated version of the Prince block in the Cooper – designated the N16B16M0 in this case – offers 120 hp at 6,000 rpm and 160 Nm at 4,250 rpm, and it’s mated to an AW 260K six-speed auto transmission. Performance specs include a 182 kph top speed and 0-100 kph time of 11.6 secs.
The Cooper S Countryman gets the addition of a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and BMW’s Valvetronic variable valve management, and is the first MINI to feature all three technologies in the same boat.
Performance-wise, the N18B16M0 Prince offers 184 hp at 5,500 rpm and 240 Nm from 1,600-5,000 rpm, with 260 Nm on overboost. It’s mated to a AW 225K six-speed box (with different ratios on gears 1 and 4 to 6 compared to the Cooper’s), and it does the 0-100 kph sprint in 8.3 secs and has a top speed of 205 kph.
The Cooper S Countryman features ALL4 permanent all-wheel drive as standard. An electromagnetic centre differential positioned directly on the final drive varies the distribution of power seamlessly between the front and rear axles, with the ability to channel 100% to either side when required. While DSC is standard on both versions, Dynamic Traction Control is only offered on the Cooper S Countryman and includes electronic locking function for the front axle differential.
For wheels, the Cooper gets 17-inch 5-Star Double Spoke alloys while the Cooper S Countryman wears 18-inch Turbo Fan design alloys finished in anthracite.
The Countryman is available in a wide variety of exterior colours – 11 in all, these being Pure Red, Bright Yellow, Surf Blue, Light Coffee, Light White, Absolute Black, Cosmic Blue, Oxford Green, Crystal Silver, Royal Grey and True Blue. Meanwhile, the interior features cloth leather upholstery in parallel lines of carbon black, with a choice of Pure Red or Light Tobacco to provide combination contrast.
Automatic air conditioning and an audio system with CD player are all fitted as standard, while the model-specific array of optional equipment packages available for the Countryman includes the glass roof package and MINI Connected package. The glass roof package offers one-touch operation and convenient opening of a panoramic glass roof through radio-remote control key, and goes for an additional RM9,988.
As for the MINI Connected package, items include the world’s first web radio function to allow users to pick up their preferred radio stations from around the world regardless of their location, user-definable RSS news feeds and much more.
Also included in the MINI Connected package is a Harman/Kardon HiFi 10-loudspeaker system and Radio MINI Visual Boost, which features a 6.5-inch high-resolution colour LCD screen. The MINI Connected package adds RM14,988 to the total price of the car.
Oh yes, the price of the car. Well, the MINI Cooper Countryman goes for RM248,888, while the Cooper S Countryman goes for RM285,888, both on-the-road without insurance, with the MINI Tender Loving Care service package.
Live gallery of launch photos after the jump.
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