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Mini Countryman
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Manufacturer BMW
Production 2010-present
Assembly Graz, Austria
Class Mini SUV
Body style(s) 5-door SUV
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Engine(s)

1.6L I4 (One/Cooper)
1.6L Prince turbocharged I4 (Cooper S)
1.6L BMW N47 diesel I4 (Cooper D and One D)

2.0L BMW N47 diesel I4 (Cooper D Automatic and Cooper SD models)
Transmission(s) 6-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,595 mm (102.2 in)
Length 4,097 mm (161.3 in)
Cooper S: 4,110 mm (161.8 in)
Width 1,789 mm (70.4 in) (excluding mirrors)
Height 1,561 mm (61.5 in)
Kerb weight 1,265 kg (2,790 lb) (DIN), 1,340 kg (3,000 lb) (EU)

The Mini Countryman is a crossover SUV car, and is the first such car to be launched under the Mini marque by BMW. The car was announced in January 2010, and formally launched at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show as the first Mini crossover SUV, and the first 5-door model. It is offered with a choice of two- or four-wheel drive (known as ALL4), and with 1.6 L petrol or diesel and 2.0 L diesel four-cylinder engines in various states of tune.[1] Sales started in September 2010 as a 2011 model-year vehicle.

The Countryman has a longer wheelbase, more interior room, and higher ground clearance than the Clubman. It uses the same engines as the Mini Hatch/Clubman range, but with an optional all-wheel-drive powertrain (dubbed "ALL4") to allow minimal off-road and rugged terrain driving.[2] A 6-speed manual transmission is standard on all models, with automatic transmission available on all petrol and diesel models except the 90 bhp One D.

ModelsEdit

The model derivatives follow a similar pattern to the Mini Hatch, with a choice of One/One D, Cooper/Cooper D and Cooper S/Cooper SD derivatives. Countryman One is available with the 1.6 L petrol 98 bhp (73 kW/99 PS) engine or as the One D with a 1.6 L 90 bhp (67 kW/91 PS) diesel engine. The Cooper petrol 122 bhp (91 kW/124 PS) and the Cooper D 112 bhp (84 kW/114 PS), the Cooper S petrol 184 bhp (137 kW/187 PS) and the Cooper SD diesel producing 143 bhp (107 kW/145 PS). The availability of models varies between markets, with the USA and Russia not taking the One versions or any diesel powered models. The All4 all-wheel-drive option is available on variable models, again depending on the country.

SafetyEdit

In November 2010 Euro NCAP awarded the Countryman a 5-star crash rating.[3]

Euro NCAP test results
Mini Countryman (2011)[4]
Test Points %
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Adult occupant: 30 84%
Child occupant: 41 83%
Pedestrian: 23 63%
Safety assist: 5 71%


ProductionEdit

Unlike the normal Mini range, the Countryman is not manufactured in Oxford, England, but in Austria by Magna Steyr, making it the first of the BMW era Minis to be manufactured entirely outside the UK.[5]

MotorsportEdit

Main article: Mini Countryman WRC

On 27 July 2010 Mini announced plans to enter the World Rally Championship.[6] The Countryman is the chosen donor model and Prodrive have been selected to prepare the Mini Countryman WRC. The factory team had its first test outing of the 2011 WRC season at the 2011 Rally d'Italia Sardegna, before taking on the full calendar in 2012.

The All 4 Racing won the 2012 Dakar Rally.

Marketing and receptionEdit

In June, with preparation for the launch of the Countryman, Mini invited grammy award winner and country/pop singer Michelle Branch and urban pop producer Timbaland to collaborate on a new advertisement effort. Their new song, "Getaway", focuses on the idea of "urban meets country", and the music video premiered on June 8, 2010.[citation needed]

Pulitzer Prize winning automotive journalist Dan Neil suggested the Countryman had jumped the shark – that is to say the car pushed the Mini ethos beyond relevance, marking the zenith of popularity and the start of decline. Neil suggested that by making a vehicle that is longer, wider and taller, the company had forsaken the inner logic of the brand: excellent handling in a tiny size. In a March 2011 review titled What Part of 'Mini' Did You Not Grasp, BMW? , Neil wrote "with the Countryman, tiny sharks have been jumped."[7]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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