Wednesday, December 15, 2021

The new MINI Countryman Launches in the Philippines | Monchster Chronicles



MINI Asia and British United Automobiles Inc. jointly announced the availability of the new MINI Countryman, the biggest and most versatile member of the MINI model family that generates fresh stimuli for driving pleasure and individual flair in the hallmark style of the British premium brand. 

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Precisely refined design, attractive additions to the equipment range and innovative technology in the areas of operation and networking underpin the exceptional status of the new MINI Countryman within the premium compact segment. Its robust vehicle concept, as well as an ample and versatile interior with five fully-fledged seats make it an unmistakable all-round talent that inspires typical MINI enthusiasm – not just in day-to-day traffic, but also on long-distance trips and even when venturing into unsurfaced terrain. 





With the new MINI Countryman, the tradition-steeped British brand continues to pursue its conquest of additional target groups. Even in its first generation, the MINI Countryman was a pioneer. As the first model with an exterior length of more than four metres, four doors, a large tailgate, five seats and all-wheel drive, it laid the foundations for the brand’s highly successful advance into the premium compact segment. The MINI Countryman now accounts for almost 30 per cent of the brand’s new registrations worldwide.


The launch of the current model generation once again sees a significant optimisation in terms of space, versatility, functionality, and ride comfort. The new MINI Countryman is available with the Cooper S petrol engine featuring the latest MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology. This engine has seen extensive further development and provides an output of 192 hp.


The new MINI Countryman: an overview of the highlights. 


- Distinctive front design with newly designed radiator grille. 

- New exterior colours

- LED headlights and LED fog lights as standard. 

- LED rear lights in Union Jack design. 

- New body finishes, new Piano Black Exterior trim. 

- New 19” Turnstile Spoke 2-Tone wheels with runflat tyres

- New digital cockpit display with 5-inch colour screen. 

- Newly designed central instrument in Piano Black High Gloss design. 

- Top-of-the-line 8.8-inch Navigation System Professional as standard in all models.

- New version of the MINI Yours Interior Style. 

- Extended range of Original MINI Accessories.



Distinctive proportions, powerful charisma. 




Thanks to its unmistakable proportions, the new MINI Countryman is instantly recognisable as the brand’s largest model. The three-part structure of the vehicle body that is typical of MINI is interpreted in a particularly striking way by the model-specific roof line. The car’s upright stature and increased ground clearance are suggestive of generous interior space, robust character and inspiring driving characteristics – both on-road and off-road. The MINI ALL4 exterior look and standard-fit roof rails further underline the versatility of the car. 


The precisely modified design of the car‘s front section lends even more intense emphasis to the powerful charisma of the new MINI Countryman. The new structure of the bumper covering, now entirely in body finish, ensures a particularly clear-cut and high-quality appearance. The redesigned radiator grille has the hexagonal contours that are typical of MINI and is surrounded by a slim, one-piece chrome frame. The radiator grille of the new MINI Cooper S Countryman is characterised by a hexagonal grid pattern with a red “S” and a single chrome strut.


Bright spot: Distinctive LED headlights. 




The latest version of the LED headlights features a particularly high-quality design that emphasises the technology used. The distinctive, slightly asymmetrically rounded contours of the headlights are accentuated by a continuous band of light that takes on the function of both daytime driving light and turn indicator. The turning light included in the functional range of the LED headlights provides intensive illumination of the side areas of the road when changing direction. The standard trim of the new MINI Countryman also includes LED fog lights, with a light band in the upper semicircle of each fog light serving as a parking light.


Redesigned rear apron and LED lights in Union Jack design. 





With its redesigned bumper trim, the rear apron also contributes to the particularly powerful and contemporary look of the new MINI Countryman. The upright rear lights with chrome frame provide an exclusive, unmistakable accentuation that evokes the origins of the British brand. All lighting functions now feature high-quality LED technology as standard, while the graphic structure of the light source traces the pattern of the Union Jack. With its striking lines, the flag motif provides a distinctive form of identification – both during the day and in terms of night design.


Striking look: two new body finishes, Piano Black Exterior and new alloy wheels. 




The range of body finishes opens new possibilities for an individual look, including the newly added colours White Silver metallic and Sage Green metallic. This roof and mirror caps of the new MINI Countryman are finished in black in counterpoint with the body colour.


The Piano Black Exterior trim ensures a particularly striking appearance: here, the headlight surrounds, rear lights, radiator grille and side indicator elements – or side scuttles – are finished in high-gloss black instead of chrome, as are the door handles and the model lettering on the luggage compartment lid. The car is also fitted as standard with 19-inch light alloy wheels in the design variant Turnstile Spoke 2-tone with runflat tyres.


Additional identification features in high-gloss black are available from the range of Original MINI 





Accessories, including the MINI logo and the “Cooper S” inscription in Piano Black design. Matching exterior mirror caps and side scuttles with a grey-black flag pattern in Night Jack design are also available for retrofit. 

Interior: ample space and even greater scope for individual style. 

The new MINI Countryman combines versatile driving characteristics with a versatile interior. Three fully-fledged seats are available at the rear. Alternatively, the second row of seats can also be used to expand transport capacity. By folding down the rear seat with a 40 : 20 : 40 split, storage space can be extended from 450 to up to 1,390 litres. Selective customisation of the interior oriented towards the customer’s personal style has become even more attractive due to the addition of new options and a further developed product range. 


Engines with optimised MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology and emission control. 






An extensively further developed engi¬ne portfolio enables the new MINI Countryman to achieve an even more favourable balance between driving fun and fuel consumption. In addition to further optimisation of CO2 levels, other aspects of the emissions performance have been likewise consistently improved by means of the relevant measures – including particulate filters for petrol engines. This means that all model variants of the new MINI Countryman now meet the particularly rigorous Euro 6d emission standard. 


The 4-cylinder petrol engine of the new MINI Cooper S Countryman with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology includes an exhaust manifold integrated in the cylinder head along with turbo charging. Among other things, this ensu¬res highly effective cooling of the exhaust gases and the turbocharging system. At the same time, crankcase cooling can be reduced when demand is low in the partial load range by means of a new split cooling valve. In addition, petrol engine direct injection operates at a maximum pressure that has been increased from 200 to 350 bar. The MINI Cooper S Countryman features a 7-speed Steptronic double-clutch sport transmission for rapid gear changes and increased shifting dynamics.


New equipment features: electrically adjustable seats, digital cockpit. 






The interior of the new MINI Countryman also has increased appeal due to an extended range of standard equipment. The car now includes front and rear Park Distance Control including Park Assist on all model variants. Also standard on the new MINI Countryman are electrically adjustable seats for the front occupants, including a memory function on the driver’s side.




The digital instrument display comes as standard on the new MINI Countryman – the display in Black Panel design behind the steering wheel has a diameter of 5.0 inches. The range of audio and navigation systems has been restructured. The Connected Navigation Plus, which is also standard on both variants, includes an 8.8-inch colour display with touchscreen function located in the central instrument that is typical of the brand. The circular control unit in the new MINI Countryman exhibits a refined surface look, with the audio control panel and the buttons for hazard lights now integrated even more harmoniously. Meanwhile, touch-sensitive bookmark buttons and high-gloss Piano Black surfaces underscore the premium character of the central instrument. In addition to providing a convenient route guidance system, this feature also comprises wireless charging for compatible mobile phones and a second USB socket. Drivers can also stay connected on the go with wireless Apple CarPlay on the MINI Countryman.


Individual style for retrofitting: MINI Original Accessories. 




High-quality retrofit options from the programme of MINI Original Accessories enable functionality, convenience, driving fun and individual style to be adapted even more precisely to personal preferences in the new MINI Countryman. The selection ranges from a roof box, a moulded luggage compartment mat, and all-weather floor mats to individual MINI LED door projectors designed for extreme driving fun.


The new MINI Countryman prices:

Retail price (at press time)

MINI Cooper S Countryman

 Php 3,750,000


The new MINI Countryman specifications. 


MINI Cooper S Countryman

Four-cylinder petrol engine with MINI Twin Power Turbo Technology (turbocharging, direct injection, VALVETRONIC). 

Capacity: 1,998 cc.

Max output: 192 hp at 5,000-5,500 rpm.

Max torque: 280 Nm at 1,350-4,600 rpm.

Acceleration: 0-100 km/h in 7.5 seconds.

Top speed: 226 km/h. 

Average fuel consumption: 6.7 L/100 km.

CO2 emissions: 153 g/km.


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Monch "Monchster" Henares is an award-winning automotive journalist.  He is the founder of MonchsterChronicles.com, which ranks No. 6 in the TOP TEN Car Blogs of the Philippines

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