1 Mar 2017
THE second-generation Countryman was the largest Mini yet – 4245mm long and 1822mm wide – when it arrived in March 2017 with designs to become the brand's best-selling model.
Price rises between $1600 and $4600 applied across the initial four-tier range, but buyers were compensated with an alleged $6500 worth of additional standard equipment over the preceding SUV.
This added value included 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic high-beam, foglights, electric tailgate, front camera-based speed-sign recognition, reverse camera, front and rear parking sensors with automatic park assistance, keyless entry, active cruise control, dual-zone climate control and forward collision warning with low-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB), as well as a 6.5-inch colour screen with digital radio and satellite navigation.
All-new powertrains were introduced across the line-up, highlighted by the Cooper SD's 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which produced 140kW of power and 400Nm of torque.