New Mini Countryman now in Singapore

MINI Countryman, Cooper S variant.
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The new MINI Countryman has finally landed in Singapore.

MINI’s latest SUV features a redesigned exterior, revised engines for better performance and even more technology than its predecessor.

The MINI Countryman is available in Cooper and Cooper S variants, with prices (including COE) starting from $161,888.

Mini Countryman: Revised Exterior 

The new MINI Cooper Countryman has a redesigned grille with a chrome border. On the Cooper S, the grille has a hexagonal grid pattern and a single chrome strut.

Both Cooper and Cooper S Countryman models have LED lights as standard, and the fog lights are upgraded to LED units as well.

And, like the updated MINI 3-Door, 5-Door and Convertible models, the Countryman’s tail-lights now also have the Union Jack design.

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Post-facelift, the MINI Countryman is now offered in two new paintwork colours: Sage Green metallic and white silver metallic.

Piano Black exterior trim is standard on Cooper S Countryman models. This sees the headlight and tail-lamp surrounds, rear lights, side scuttles and radiator grille finished in black instead of chrome.

Interior Highlights 

The latest MINI Countryman has received major tech upgrades to its cockpit, which no longer has analogue dials.

A digital instrument panel, like the one on the MINI Electric, is now standard. Also standard in both variants is the range-topping Connected Navigation Plus infotainment system, which has an 8.8-inch colour touchscreen.

Said screen incorporates touch-sensitive bookmark buttons and Piano Black surfaces. A wireless charger is on hand for added convenience.

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Included in this upgrade is a 4G LTE module, which enables the MINI Countryman to always remain connected. In an emergency, this enables the use of Intelligent Emergency Call and MINI Connected digital services.

In terms of cabin design, two new upholstery options – Chester Indigo Blue and Chester Malt Brown have been added. The Colour Line for the lower section of the instrument panel and door trim – previously a single option – is now part of the leather trim.

Euro 6 Engines 

The MINI Countryman’s engines now meet the even more stringent Euro 6 emission standard. To accomplish this, emission and CO2 levels were optimised, and particulate filters were installed.

In the Cooper and Cooper S powerplants, the exhaust manifold is now integrated in the cylinder heads. This helps cool the exhaust gases, and in turn, the turbocharging system.

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In addition, the direct injection system now operates at a maximum pressure of 350 bar, up from 200 bar previously.

Both the MINI Countryman models also utilise new gearboxes. The Cooper uses a 7-speed Steptronic dual-clutch, while the Cooper S has a 7-speed Steptronic dual-clutch sport transmission.

Previously the Cooper used a 6-speed automatic, while the Cooper S model was equipped with an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

Specifications 

MINI Cooper Countryman 1.5 (A)
ENGINE     1499cc, 12-valves, inline-3, turbocharged
MAX POWER     136hp at 4500-6500rpm
MAX TORQUE     220Nm at 1480-4100rpm
GEARBOX     7-speed dual-clutch with manual select
0-100KM/H     9.7 seconds
TOP SPEED     203km/h
CONSUMPTION     17.9km/L
PRICE INCL. COE     $161,888
AGENT Eurokars Habitat

MINI Cooper S Countryman 2.0 (A)
ENGINE     1998cc, 16-valves, inline-4, turbocharged
MAX POWER     178hp at 4750-5500rpm
MAX TORQUE     280Nm at 1350-4200rpm
GEARBOX     7-speed dual-clutch with manual select
0-100KM/H     7.4 seconds
TOP SPEED     223km/h
CONSUMPTION     16.9km/L (combined)
PRICE INCL. COE     $180,888
AGENT Eurokars Habitat

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Find out more about the Countryman here.

This article was first published in Torque.