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The MINI Countryman facelift is making its world debut at NYC’s Jacob Javits Center, four years and 350k units after the maxi MINI came to life. BMW says that selective design mods for the exterior and interior, optimised fuel consumption and emission figures as well as innovative equipment features contribute to the more mature charisma and increased appeal of the Countryman.

It ain’t broke, so exterior remodelling is not major. The hexagonal radiator grille gets a new structure while a horizontal chrome rib in the Cooper S and SD, along with a curved “S” in red, help to mark the variant out. In the John Cooper Works, the rib is in red and there’s a JCW logo. In all other model variants, the grille is subdivided by two ribs, finished in gloss black on the One/One D and matte silver for the Cooper/Cooper D.

In conjunction with ALL4 AWD, all visual underride guard elements for the front/rear apron and side sills are now standard except for on the JCW. Paint choices have been expanded with the addition of Jungle Green (hero colour, seen here) and Midnight Grey, while Starlight Blue is now available on the Countryman for the first time. A new customisation option is Piano Black Exterior with high-gloss black for selected surfaces.

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The Cooper/Cooper D Countryman come with 16-inch 5-Star Air Spoke Design wheels, offering the advantage of reduced weight and optimised aerodynamic properties. The 17-inch 5-Star Triangle Spoke Design wheels for the Cooper S/Cooper SD are also lighter than their predecessors. LED fog lights with parking and daytime driving lights in LED are available as an optional extra for the first time.

In the cabin, acoustic comfort has been refined, and the displays and controls have been redesigned. All variants now have anthracite-coloured dials in the style of the JCW, which central instrument now also bears the JCW logo.

Efficiency-improving measures include optimised underbody air ducting, wheel bearings with a lower friction coefficient and tyres with reduced rolling resistance. This means that the figures for acceleration, elasticity and top speed are significantly improved in certain variants.

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The Cooper S’ twin-scroll turbo engine sees an increase in output by from 184 to 190 hp. The 0-100 km/h time is faster by a tenth (7.5 seconds), while 80 to 120 km/h in fifth gear now takes 8.4 seconds – 0.2 seconds less than before. Top speed is up by 3 km/h to 218 km/h.

At the same time, fuel consumption is down to 6.0 litres per 100 km, while CO2 emissions drop by 3% to 139 g/km. The same increments listed above (0.1 sec, 0.2 sec, 3 km/h) apply to the JCW as well.

Minor improvements are also found in the 122 hp Cooper (5.9L per 100 km, CO2 137 g/km), 98 hp MINI One Countryman (5.7L per 100 km, CO2 134 g/km) and the diesel variants.