Mini Countryman

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MINI Countryman
2012 Mini Countryman -- 03-24-2012 2.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer Mini
Production 2010-present
Assembly Graz, Austria (2010-)
Chennai, India (2013-)
Rayong, Thailand (2013-)
Kulim, Malaysia (2013-)
Body and chassis
Class Mini SUV
Body style 5-door SUV
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Related Mini Paceman
Powertrain
Engine 1.6 L I4 (One/Cooper)
1.6 L Prince turbocharged I4 (Cooper S)
1.6 L BMW N47 diesel I4 (Cooper D and One D)
2.0 L BMW N47 diesel I4 (Cooper D Automatic and Cooper SD models)
Transmission 6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,595 mm (102.2 in)
Length 4,097 mm (161.3 in)
Cooper S: 4,110 mm (161.8 in)
Width 1,789 mm (70.4 in) (excluding mirrors)
Height 1,561 mm (61.5 in)
Kerb weight 1,265 kg (2,789 lb) (DIN), 1,340 kg (2,950 lb) (EU)

The Mini Countryman is a subcompact crossover SUV, the first car of this type to be launched by BMW under the Mini marque. The Countryman launched in 2010 and received a facelift in 2014.

Pre-production concepts[edit]

There is the 2008 Mini Crossover Concept which has four doors (2 right swing open, 1 left swing open, 1 left lift/sliding) and four single seats.[1] It was unveiled at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.[2]

The 2010 Mini Beachcomber Concept was based on the Crossover Concept and the Mini Countryman, with no doors and no conventional roof. It included ALL4 all-wheel drive and offroad wheels. It was unveiled at the 2010 North American International Auto Show.[3][4][5]

1st Generation (R60) (2010-2014)[edit]

The design of Mini's first five-door crossover SUV echoed that of the Mini Crossover Concept. The production model was first unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.[6][7] UK models went on sale on 18 September 2010.[8][9] The availability of models varies between markets, with the USA and Russia not taking the One versions or any diesel powered models. The All4 all-wheel-drive option is available on variable models, again depending on the country.

The ALL4 all-wheel-drive powertrain includes electro-hydraulic differential, positioned directly on the transmission's final drive, to vary the power distribution from front to rear. Under normal driving conditions, up to 50 percent of the engine's power goes to the rear wheels. Under “extreme” conditions ("extreme" being undefined) up to 100 percent heads to the back wheels.[10]

Early models included Cooper S, Cooper S ALL4, Cooper, One, Cooper D, Cooper D ALL4, and One D.[11][12][13] Cooper SD, Cooper SD ALL4, Cooper D Automatic, Cooper D ALL4 Automatic were added from spring 2011.[14][15][16]

In 2012 the Countryman received some minor amendments, including an EU6 exhaust emissions standard compliance for the One and Cooper models, and using a different clutch material and improved software to reduce stalling problems.[17][18] They went on sale from November 2012.[19]

A Cooper ALL4 model was added in July 2013.[20][21][22]

Changes to US 2014 model year range included the omission of the interior "Centre Rail" feature.[23]

Countryman WRC (2010-)[edit]

This is a race car version of Mini Cooper S ALL4 developed with Prodrive beginning in early 2009, with a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder turbo-charged engine from BMW Motorsport. The first test drive for the Mini Countryman WRC, which would also be available to customer teams, was planned for autumn 2010.[24] It was unveiled at the Paris Show in 2010.[25][26]

Countryman John Cooper Works (2012-)[edit]

The John Cooper Works is a derivative of the Cooper S ALL4 version of the Countryman, with increased engine power to 218 PS (160 kW; 215 hp) and 280 N·m (207 lb·ft) with over boost: 300 N·m (221 lb·ft). Steering, suspension, wheels and appearance have also been modified.[27] It was unveiled at the 2012 International Geneva Motor Show, and went on sale in autumn 2012.[28]

US models receive reduced engine power to 211 PS (155 kW; 208 hp) and 260 N·m (192 lb·ft) (overboost:280 N·m (207 lb·ft)), and went on sale in July 2012 as a 2013 model year vehicle.[29]

Engines[edit]

Petrol engines
Model Years Type/code Power, torque@rpm Transmission
One (98PS) 2010– 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 () 98 PS (72 kW; 97 hp)@6000, 153 N·m (113 lb·ft)@3000 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Cooper (122PS) 2010– 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 () 122 PS (90 kW; 120 hp)@6000, 160 N·m (118 lb·ft)@4250 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Cooper ALL4 (122PS) 2013– 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 () 122 PS (90 kW; 120 hp)@6000, 160 N·m (118 lb·ft)@4250 6-speed manual
Cooper ALL4 Automatic (122PS) 2013– 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 () 122 PS (90 kW; 120 hp)@6000, 190 N·m (140 lb·ft)@4250 6-speed automatic
Cooper S (184PS) 2010– 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 turbo () 184 PS (135 kW; 181 hp)@5500, 240 N·m (177 lb·ft)@1600-5000
overboost:260 N·m (192 lb·ft)@1700-4500
6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Cooper S ALL4 (184PS) 2010– 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 turbo () 184 PS (135 kW; 181 hp)@5500, 240 N·m (177 lb·ft)@1600-5000
overboost:260 N·m (192 lb·ft)@1700-4500
6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
John Cooper Works (211PS) 2012– 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 twin-scroll turbo () 211 PS (155 kW; 208 hp)@6000, 260 N·m (192 lb·ft)@1850(1900?)-5600
overboost:280 N·m (207 lb·ft)@2000-5200
6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
John Cooper Works (218PS) 2012– 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 twin-scroll turbo () 218 PS (160 kW; 215 hp)@6000, 280 N·m (207 lb·ft)@1900-5000
overboost:300 N·m (221 lb·ft)@2100-4500
6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Diesel engines
Model Years Type/code Power, torque@rpm Transmission
One D (90PS) 2010– 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 turbo () 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp)@4000, 215 N·m (159 lb·ft)@1750-2500 6-speed manual
Cooper D (112PS) 2010– 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 turbo () 112 PS (82 kW; 110 hp)@4000, 270 N·m (199 lb·ft)@1750-2250 6-speed manual
Cooper D Auto (111PS) 2011– 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo () 111 PS (82 kW; 109 hp)@4000, 270 N·m (199 lb·ft)@1750-2250 6-speed auto
Cooper D ALL4 (112PS) 2010– 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 turbo () 112 PS (82 kW; 110 hp)@4000, 270 N·m (199 lb·ft)@1750-2250 6-speed manual
Cooper D ALL4 Auto (111PS) 2011– 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo () 111 PS (82 kW; 109 hp)@4000, 270 N·m (199 lb·ft)@1750-2250 6-speed auto
Cooper SD (143PS) 2011– 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo () 143 PS (105 kW; 141 hp)@4000, 305 N·m (225 lb·ft)@1750-2700 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Cooper SD ALL4 (143PS) 2011– 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 turbo () 143 PS (105 kW; 141 hp)@4000, 305 N·m (225 lb·ft)@1750-2700 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic

Safety[edit]

In November 2010, Euro NCAP awarded the Countryman a 5-star crash rating.[30]

Euro NCAP test results
Mini Countryman (2011)[31]
Test Points %
Overall: 5 /5 stars
Adult occupant: 30 84%
Child occupant: 41 83%
Pedestrian: 23 63%
Safety assist: 5 71%

Reception[edit]

Pulitzer Prize winning automotive journalist Dan Neil suggested the Countryman had jumped the shark – that is to say the car pushed the Mini ethos beyond relevance, marking the zenith of popularity and the start of decline. Neil suggested that by making a vehicle that is longer, wider and taller, the company had forsaken the inner logic of the brand: excellent handling in a tiny size. In a March 2011 review titled What Part of 'Mini' Did You Not Grasp, BMW? , Neil wrote "with the Countryman, tiny sharks have been jumped."[32]

Model Year 2015 Update (R60 LCI) (2015-)[edit]

A minor facelift to the Countryman was unveiled at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.[33] Changes include a new structure of the hexagonal radiator grill, underride guard elements for the Cooper S Countryman ALL4, additional body colour options, and a luggage compartment expanded by around 30 percent. It was set to go on sale in July 2014. Early models included Cooper, Cooper ALL4, Cooper D, Cooper D ALL4, Cooper S, Cooper S ALL4, Cooper SD, Cooper SD ALL4, John Cooper Works, One, One D.[34][35]

US models included Cooper, Cooper S, Cooper S ALL4, John Cooper Works (with ALL4), with 6-speed manual transmission or optional 6-speed automatic transmission (Cooper, Cooper S).[36]

Engines[edit]

Petrol engines
Model Years Type/code Power, torque@rpm
One Countryman (98PS) 2014– 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 () 98 PS (72 kW; 97 hp)@6000, 153 N·m (113 lb·ft)@3000
Cooper Countryman (122PS) 2014– 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 () 122 PS (90 kW; 120 hp)@6000, 160 N·m (118 lb·ft)@4250
Cooper Countryman ALL4 (122PS) 2014– 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 () 122 PS (90 kW; 120 hp)@6000, 160 N·m (118 lb·ft)@4250
Cooper Countryman ALL4 Automatic (122PS) 2014– 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 () 122 PS (90 kW; 120 hp)@6000, 190 N·m (140 lb·ft)@4250
Cooper S Countryman (190PS) 2014– 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 turbo () 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp)@5500, 240 N·m (177 lb·ft)@1600-5000
overboost:260 N·m (192 lb·ft)@1700-4500
Cooper S Countryman ALL4 (190PS) 2014– 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 turbo () 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp)@5500, 240 N·m (177 lb·ft)@1600-5000
overboost:260 N·m (192 lb·ft)@1700-4500
John Cooper Works Countryman (218PS) 2014– 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 twin-scroll turbo () 218 PS (160 kW; 215 hp)@6000, 280 N·m (207 lb·ft)@1900-5000
overboost:300 N·m (221 lb·ft)@2100-4500
Diesel engines
Model Years Type/code Power, torque@rpm
One D Countryman (90PS) 2014– 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 () 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp)@4000, 215 N·m (159 lb·ft)@1750-2500
Cooper D Countryman (112PS) 2014– 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 () 112 PS (82 kW; 110 hp)@4000, 270 N·m (199 lb·ft)@1750-2250
Cooper D Countryman Automatic (112PS) 2014– 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 () 112 PS (82 kW; 110 hp)@4000, 270 N·m (199 lb·ft)@1750-2250
Cooper D Countryman ALL4 (112PS) 2014– 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 () 112 PS (82 kW; 110 hp)@4000, 270 N·m (199 lb·ft)@1750-2250
Cooper D Countryman ALL4 Automatic (112PS) 2014– 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 () 112 PS (82 kW; 110 hp)@4000, 270 N·m (199 lb·ft)@1750-2250
Cooper SD Countryman (143PS) 2014– 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 () 143 PS (105 kW; 141 hp)@4000, 305 N·m (225 lb·ft)@1750-2700
Cooper SD Countryman ALL4 (143PS) 2014– 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) I4 () 143 PS (105 kW; 141 hp)@4000, 305 N·m (225 lb·ft)@1750-2700

Transmissions[edit]

Petrol engines
Model Years Types
One Countryman (98PS) 2014– 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Cooper Countryman (122PS) 2014– 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Cooper Countryman ALL4 (122PS) 2014– 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Cooper S Countryman (190PS) 2014– 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Cooper S Countryman ALL4 (190PS) 2014– 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
John Cooper Works Countryman (218PS) 2014– 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Diesel engines
Model Years Types
One D Countryman (90PS) 2014– 6-speed manual
Cooper D Countryman (112PS) 2014– 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Cooper D Countryman ALL4 (112PS) 2014– 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Cooper SD Countryman (143PS) 2014– 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Cooper SD Countryman ALL4 (143PS) 2014– 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic

Motorsports[edit]

Main article: Mini Countryman WRC

In July 2010, Mini announced plans to enter the World Rally Championship (WRC)[37] with the Countryman beginning in 2011, and entering season-long tournament starting from 2012.[38] The factory team had its first test outing of the 2011 WRC season at the 2011 Rally d'Italia Sardegna, before taking on the full calendar in 2012 and 2013. In the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, the RRC version had its first win at the 2012 Tour de Corse, driven by Dani Sordo.[39] After just one season Mini terminated its works involvement in the World Rally Championship.[40]

The All4 has won the Dakar Rally every year since 2012, with Stéphane Peterhansel driving in 2012[41] and cars from German Monster Energy X-raid Team won the 2013 Dakar Rally.[42][43][44] Mini won the car category of the 2014 Dakar Rally with the All4 driven by Nani Roma.[45]

Jean-Philippe Dayraut used a Countryman to win the Andros Trophy for ice racing in 2013 and 2014.

A 900 bhp vehicle based on the Mini Countryman entered the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, finishing third overall.[46]

Production[edit]

The Countryman is primarily built in Graz, Austria under contract by Magna Steyr, making it the first of the BMW era Minis to be manufactured entirely outside the UK.[47]

In 2013, assembly of the Countryman was expanded to three international locations: from April 2013 at BMW's plant near Chennai, India, specifically for the Indian market[48][49] from June 2013 at the BMW Group Malaysia Assembly Plant in Kulim, Kedah,[50] and at the BMW Manufacturing Thailand plant in Rayong from August 2013.[51]

In 2012, worldwide sales of Countryman reached 102,000 units,[52] 21,012 of which were sold in the USA.[53] In March 2013, the 250,000th Countryman was produced at Magna Steyr's Graz plant.[54]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paris Preview: 2010 MINI Crossover Concept
  2. ^ Paris 2008: MINI Crossover Concept
  3. ^ The Sky is the Limit: The MINI Beachcomber Concept.
  4. ^ MINI at the NAIAS Detroit 2010.
  5. ^ Detroit Preview: MINI Beachcomber concept
  6. ^ MINI at the 80th Geneva Motor Show 2010.
  7. ^ Geneva 2010: Mini Countryman breaks cover
  8. ^ Mini Countryman priced in the UK from £16K
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  10. ^ "The MINI Countryman, Fun has no Limits". Automoblog.net. 
  11. ^ Fun has no limits. The MINI Countryman.
  12. ^ Specifications MINI Countryman.
  13. ^ Mini dishes out more info on Countryman including complete specs
  14. ^ MINI in 2011: More power, more sportiness, more individuality. Premiere of the MINI Cooper SD with 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine and 105 kW/143 hp – John Cooper Works Pack for the MINI and MINI Convertible – MINI Yours presents the MINI Clubman Hampton special edition.
  15. ^ Specifications of the MINI Cooper SD models.
  16. ^ Specifications of the MINI Cooper D models.
  17. ^ Mini fesses up to Countryman clutch issue, plans fix
  18. ^ MINI Addresses Countryman Clutch Issue
  19. ^ The MINI Countryman: Model update measures for autumn 2012.
  20. ^ ALL4 times ten for maximum driving fun: MINI extends its range of all-wheel models to include the MINI Cooper Countryman and the MINI Cooper Paceman.
  21. ^ Specifications of the MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4, 07/2013.
  22. ^ 2013 Mini Countryman gets updates
  23. ^ Mini deletes center rail in Countryman, Paceman
  24. ^ Mini confirms entry into 2011 World Rally Championship with Countryman
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  26. ^ Paris 2010: Mini Countryman WRC looks the part
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  28. ^ 2013 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman packs an up-sized punch
  29. ^ Mini adds revised powertrain, automatic option to John Cooper Works models
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  33. ^ Hudson, Paul (16 April 2014). "New Mini Countryman revealed". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  34. ^ Specifications of the new MINI Countryman Models, valid from July 2014.
  35. ^ Mini lifts veil on refreshed Countryman in New York
  36. ^ MINI at the New York International Auto Show 2014.
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  38. ^ MINI set to join World Rally Championship from 2011.
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  40. ^ Mini exiting WRC after just one year
  41. ^ http://www.carscoops.com/2012/01/mini-countryman-wins-dakar-2012.html
  42. ^ http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1081804_x-raid-team-drives-mini-countryman-to-second-consecutive-dakar-rally-win
  43. ^ Mission title defence: MINI Countryman in the 2013 Dakar Rally.
  44. ^ Mini celebrates racing success with John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4 Dakar Winner 2013
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  46. ^ http://www.worldcarfans.com/113053058248/mini-countryman-getting-ready-for-pikes-peak-video
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  51. ^ "BMW Group Thailand begins local assembly of Mini Countryman". Bangkok Business Brief. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  52. ^ Elegant stylist meets talented all-rounder: The MINI Paceman and MINI Countryman bring more variety and driving fun to the premium compact segment.
  53. ^ Breaking a record to mark an anniversary: MINI continues its success story in the USA.
  54. ^ Talented all-rounder and bestseller: The 250,000th MINI Countryman leaves the factory.