BMW India has rolled out the locally assembled Mini Countryman from the Chennai facility. This is the first time that the Mini Countryman is being assembled outside Europe and is now available in both petrol and diesel guise.
The Countryman via CKD route is available in three variants – Mini One Countryman petrol, MINI Cooper diesel Countryman and MINI Cooper diesel Countryman High. The new diesel version is powered by 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged unit developing 112bhp and 270Nm of torque. The engine is matted to six-speed automatic gearbox that powers the front wheels.
The CKD operations of the Countryman have drastically reduced the India prices – the Mini One Countryman retails at Rs 23.5 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), Countryman D costs Rs 25.60 lakh and the top-end Countryman D High is Rs 28.90 lakh. Unfortunately the rest of the Mini lineup will continue to be imported as CBU units for the time being.