Oxford, England – Mini has announced its Countryman crossover, the fourth model it will add to the Mini lineup. It will be the first Mini with four doors and a wide-opening rear hatch, and will offer four-wheel drive.
The new model combines larger body dimensions, greater ground clearance and four doors with Mini’s traditional short overhangs and high window line.
Inside, the Countryman features a unique Center Rail, extending from front to rear instead of a conventional centre console, offering the ability to integrate storage boxes, cupholders, music players and cell phones.
Four seats will be standard, while a three-seat bench will be available. In Europe, it will enter the market with a choice of three gasoline and two diesel engines. The optional Mini ALL4 all-wheel drive will use an electrohydraulic differential, sending 50 per cent of power to the rear wheels under normal driving conditions, and up to 100 per cent in extreme conditions.