55 Edition MINI Countryman-01

Say hello to the 55 Edition MINI Countryman, a limited edition that commemorates MINI’s 55th anniversary as well as Hari Merdeka and Hari Malaysia. Limited to 55 units, the exclusive-to-Malaysia special edition is priced at an attractive RM188,888 on-the-road without insurance.

RM189k is a full RM30k cheaper than the RM219k CKD locally-assembled Cooper Countryman that the 55 Edition is based on, and there are reasons why.

The 55 adds on a “Sports Stripe” that runs across its bonnet, side skirting and rear tailgate as well as a 55 Edition badge on the grille. Another sign that it’s a 55 are the 16-inch five-spoke alloys. The regular Cooper Countryman sits on 17-inch wheels.

Inside, the 55 Edition comes with Cosmos Carbon Black cloth upholstery in place of the regular Cooper’s leather. Door trim sees a mix of Piano Black glossy plastics and Polar Beige inlays, a slight variation from the Dark Silver/Polar Beige combo in the Cooper.

Not listed in the press release, but the automatic air-con of the Cooper has been deleted for a manual unit; the round display making way for a rotary air-flow control knob. Things like auto lights and wipers, anti-dazzle rear view mirror, six-speaker audio with Bluetooth and multi-function steering remain. Speaking of steering, the 55’s wheel is still the Sports unit, but the Cooper’s shift paddles have been omitted.

No changes under the skin, so the 55 Edition is powered by a 1.6 litre naturally-aspirated engine with 120 hp and 155 Nm. Power goes to the front wheels, no ALL4 here. The 0 to 100 km/h sprint is done in 11.6 seconds and top speed is 182 km/h. Claimed combined fuel consumption is 7.6 litres per 100 km, or 13.2 km/l.

The 55 Edition MINI Countryman is available in five colours, and they are Blazing Red, True Blue, Royal Grey, Light White and Brilliant Copper. Roof and mirror caps in black are available with all colours, but white can be had only for red, blue and grey.

As mentioned, this 55-unit special is going for RM188,888 OTR without insurance, which includes three years of MINI Service Inclusive. Read our review of the maxi MINI, learn more about the MINI Countryman range, and compare the 55 Edition with the regular Cooper on CarBase.my.