MINI has sold an impressive 350,000 Countryman since its launch in 2010. Now, it’s given it a minor facelift, with more power and fewer emissions.
The revised MINI Countryman will debut at the New York Motor Show but, apart form three new colours (including this striking Jungle Green), it’s blink and you’ll miss it changes.
Key ones include revised grilles (hexagonal mesh for Cooper S and SD, two ribs for the others), front and rear underside guards as standard for ALL4 variants, new contrast paint finishes and a Piano Black trim pack.
There are new wheels and, for all Cooper variants, new LED fog lights with LED daytime running lights. Other variants now get regular halogen running lights and all MINI Countryman now have tyre pressure monitoring as standard.
Inside, MINI’s made it quieter, upped the quality, added chrome ventilation controls and given all models the grey dials previous reserved for the John Cooper Works Countryman (that now gets a JCW logo on the central speedo).
It’s the engines that carry the most useful series of updates. All are now Euro 6 emissions compliant and the MINI Cooper S Countryman has an uprated 190hp motor – it’s good for 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds now. Impressively though, it’s also more fuel efficient, averaging 47.1mpg and emitting 139g/km CO2.
The lowest CO2 MINI Countryman One D and Cooper D now hit 111g/km CO2 instead of 115g/km, taking economy up to 67.3mpg. The Cooper SD is down below 120g/km and reaches 62.8mpg as well. Fuel economy improvements have been realised by changes including lower-friction wheel bearings, improved underbody aerodynamics and reduced rolling resistance tyres.
There’s also a MINI Countryman that dips below seven seconds for the 0-62mph dash, too – the John Cooper Works model does it in a Ford Fiesta ST-matching 6.9 seconds.
Following its New York Motor Show debut, order books for the new MINI Countryman open in late spring, with prices from £16,990.
Check out the new MINI Countryman in our slideshow below