New Mini Countryman range here in 2024

Mini’s new generation of its spacious all-rounder, the Countryman, will be launched in South Africa in the second quarter of next year.

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In the meantime, Mini has released some info on the range topper, the John Cooper Works Countryman with an ALL4 all-wheel drive system, making the Crossover very capable off the beaten track.

What’s new?

The new model has a number of changes and improvements over its predecessor.

Exterior:

The new design is characterised by an upright and minimalist silhouette. The John Cooper Works logo has also been redesigned with a modern, clearcut look. For the first time, the logo is being used on the new Mini JCW Countryman in the classic black, red and white colour scheme.

The exterior features a number of model-specific details that enhance its overall appearance. For example, the aerodynamic elements with vertical reflectors on the front of the car emphasise its wide stance, while the new LED headlights with horizontal bars in JCW Signature Mode give the crossover a more expressive look.

The newly designed C-pillar seamlessly joins the contrasting roof in motorsport-inspired Chili Red. The roof curves down towards the rear, giving the Countryman an agile silhouette.

The high-contrast exterior design, combined with the Legend Grey body colour, emphasises the sporty look of the model. At the rear, the upright John Cooper Works Signature Mode taillights frame the upright vehicle body and underline the increased width.

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Interior:

The cockpit is divided into an upper and lower section, with vertical door handles and air vents in the upper area. The red and black colour scheme of the dashboard, along the door panels and on the high-grade JCW sports seats, is a nod to Mini's racing heritage. The dashboard is made of a two-tone textile made from recycled polyester.

The rear of the vehicle is highly versatile and spacious. The rear row of seats can be adjusted in length by up to 13 centimetres. With the rear seat folded down, even bulky items can be easily transported in the luggage compartment.

You can use the toggle switches on the Mini toggle bar to control all driving functions. The central, high-resolution OLED display is home to all the other functions. In addition, you can use the voice assistant to operate numerous functions, such as navigation, telephone and entertainment.

Engine:

The 2-litre, four-cylinder engine is good for 233 kW and 400 Nm, and an all-wheel drive system allows for good traction in this model.

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