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MINI Asia and Eurokars Habitat today jointly launched the new MINI Countryman, the biggest and most versatile model in the brand's 58-year history.

21 Apr 2017 | Local News : Singapore

The new MINI Countryman is some 20cm longer than its predecessor and approximately 3cm wider. Its wheelbase has been extended by 7.5cm. This growth results in significantly increased space on five fully-fledged seats as well as a definite increase in storage volume and luggage transport versatility. The raised seating position ensures an excellent view and hallmark driving fun.

The new MINI Countryman's adjustable rear bench helps increase seating comfort or expands storage space at the rear
The rear seats can be shifted longitudinally by up to 13cm. The folding rear backrest offers a 40:20:40 split. It also provides a variable tilt angle so as to be able to either increase seating comfort or gain additional storage space at the rear. The luggage compartment volume is 450 litres and can be extended as required to a total of 1,390 litres. This constitutes a maximum increase of 220 litres as compared to the predecessor model.

An electric tailgate control makes touchless opening and closing of the tailgate possible in conjunction with Comfort Access. The standard storage package comprises of not only a variable load floor, lashing eyes and tension straps but also a stainless steel insert on the loading sill. One unique feature is the Picnic Bench - a flexible surface that folds out of the luggage compartment and provides seating for two people.

The latest generation of the MINI Countryman goes even further in terms of the model's versatility, agility and premium character. Thanks to its powerful proportions, the new MINI Countryman has a particularly distinctive presence. Its unmistakable aura is defined by an extended ground clearance and raised seating position, further emphasised by the MINI ALL4 exterior look (for Cooper S variant only) and high roof rails. The new MINI Countryman features design elements that are typical of the brand, including the clear three-way structure of the side view - broken down into roof, glass section and main corpus - as well as the short overhangs, large wheel arches and downward increase in width.

17-inch light alloy wheels come as standard with the new MINI Cooper Countryman, while the new MINI Cooper S Countryman is fitted with 18-inch light alloy wheels. The program of optional extras includes other light alloy wheels in sizes of up to 19 inches.

The new MINI Countryman features design elements typical of the brand and signature MINI driving dynamics
With a clear horizontal structure, stretched lines and generously-sized surfaces, the distinctively designed cockpit emphasises the solid character of the new MINI Countryman. The profile of the air vents echoes the vertical orientation of the exterior design elements. In addition to the high-quality materials and precise finish, the modern, ergonomically-optimised controls contribute to the car's exclusive ambience. The hallmark central instrument is integrated in the instrument panel and is surrounded by an LED ring that provides a lighting display in response to driving situations by way of control feedback.

The MINI Countryman, in Cooper variant, is powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with MINI Twin Power Turbo Technology capable of 134bhp and 220Nm of torque. The MINI Cooper S Countryman employs a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with MINI Twin Power Turbo Technology, which produces 189bhp and 280Nm of torque.

Dynamic Damper Control is optionally available for the new MINI Cooper Countryman and standard on the new MINI Cooper S Countryman. Two program maps can be activated for the electronically-controlled dampers via the MINI Driving Modes. A rotary switch at the base of the gear or selector lever enables the driver to select a set-up according to one of the three modes Mid, Sport and Green. This also influences the accelerator pedal and steering curve, the operating mode of electrically-powered comfort features and the engine sound and shift characteristics of the Steptronic transmission, depending on engine and fittings.

Depending on the options you pick for the car, the MINI Cooper Countryman has an estimated Open Market Value (OMV) of $30,000, while the MINI Cooper S Countryman has an OMV of about $36,000. Neither incur any Carbon Emissions-Based Vehicle Scheme surcharges or reliefs.

Price as of press time (inclusive of COE)

MINI Cooper Countryman 1.5 (A) - $165,000
MINI Cooper S Countryman 2.0 (A) - $186,000
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