Mini has introduced new updates for its 2017 range. Apart from the addition of new creature comforts and a redesigned instrument console, the company has also added two new entry-level trims for the Mini Countryman.
The Mini One Countryman is the new base petrol variant, with a 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine under the hood. This engine delivers 102bhp and 180Nm of torque, and gets the option of either a six-speed manual or a six-speed steptronic gearbox. There is also a new diesel base variant – the Mini One D Countryman. This trim gets a 1.5-litre three-cylinder oil burner, delivering 116bhp and 270Nm of torque. Both these engines drive the front wheels only, with the ALL4 all-wheel-drive system being reserved for the S variants.
The rest of the Mini range also benefits from minor tweaks. The instrument console has been redesigned to improve readability. It also gets a slew of graphic schemes, which can be adjusted according to the driver’s preference. The head-up display can now be adjusted according to the driver’s height. The driving modes can be adjusted through a new toggle switch below the air conditioning. The infotainment system on the other hand, now gets Apple CarPlay, allowing users to sync their iPhones.
The new 2017 models will hit the showrooms globally in July 2017. Given that the Mini range is imported to India as CBU, we can expect these 2017 models to be launched here around the same time.