MINI Unveils a New Countryman at the Auto Show in LA

December 2, 2016

2017 MINI Clubman

2017 MINI Clubman

The 2017 Countryman is one of the largest vehicles produced by the MINI automaker. This car has improved engines, advanced tech, and a plug-in version. MINI hatch was the first model to be released followed by Clubman. The brand owned by BMW has now released a new MINI Countryman. Since the rebirth of MINI, this model is Countryman’s second-generation. Official pictures were first available for public viewing last month. All three new iterations of the Countryman were debuted at the LA Auto Show, including the new Countryman plug-in hybrid, dubbed the SE ALL4.

The Countryman whose starting price is less than $35,000 is set to reach the UK market in February. The new Countryman was reviewed by Auto Express, which gave details on the new design adopted for the new model.  Auto Express emphasized on the toughness and ruggedness of the new design. According to Nicolas Griebner, the head of product at MINI UK, this car is clearly suited for having an adventure in. Regardless of the fact the Countryman has a new platform; its design can still be recognized as MINI’s. All the Countryman models come equipped with faux leather upholstery, Mini connected infotainment systems, rear parking sensors, rearview camera, sunroof, automatic headlights and Bluetooth.

In comparison to the previous model, the new Countryman model is longer by 200mm and wider by 30mm. Regarding its size, it lies in between Audi’s Q3 and Q2, with both cars being key competitors. Its wheelbase is longer by 75mm to give it a rear legroom that is 50mm more. Additionally, with it’s fold down, sliding rear seats it has 16 cubic feet of cargo space.

Accompanying the extra size is a design emphasizing the elements of a sports utility vehicle. Most of the vehicles have silver roof rails as well as sill plates. Both of these features work with a high shoulder line and sculpted sides to give the car a trendy outlook. Griebner added that the Countryman is by far the most masculine design that MINI has ever produced. The wide grille, pop-out tail-lamps, as well as large-sized LED headlights are features coined from the MINI hatch. The number plate at the rear end has now been shifted to the bootlid. The customization of the Countryman is what distinguishes it from its competitors. It has alloy wheels, contrasting black-colored roof and a unique blue paint available.

 

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