Unlike the original Mini’s core ethos, the brand has grown significantly in the last few years in regards to the body styles. The cars that Mini makes have become bigger, more comfortable and a lot more versatile and the prime example of this is the Mini Countryman. The latter has just been reintroduced in the Indian market in its second-generation form. Here’s a tour of the new models through some pictures straight from the Auto Expo.
Upfront you will find the typical Mini fascia – single barrel headlamps and a moustache-like grille. The Countryman gets an angry look with the squared headlamps and mesh grille curling downward.
The headlamps are all-LED and come with projector lenses. While auto-headlamp function and follow-me-home function are standard, you can opt for the intelligent headlamps as well.
At the back, you might not be able to make out if it is a Countryman thanks to the glossy trim in the lower half that masks height. Also, note the twin exhausts and that nice chrome trim.
The new Countryman is around 20cm longer than its predecessor and approximately 3cm wider. Its wheelbase has been extended by 7.5cm.
The boot space is 450 litres and can be extended to a total of 1,309 litres. With the rear seats down, the boot capacity has increased by 220 litres as compared to the predecessor.
Inside, you get climate control, a large display for the infotainment system, electrically foldable mirrors, a premium audio system, ambient lighting, steering mounted controls and lots more.
Drivetrain options include a 2-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine with 192bhp of power and 280Nm of torque and a 2-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine with 150bhp of power and 330Nm of torque.
Transmission duties, meanwhile, are handled by a new 8-speed automatic which replaces the old 6-speeder. All-wheel drive is now available in the international spec model.