Mini finally reveals the Countryman


After all the teasers, concepts and hints, Mini has finally showed us what its 4x4 Countryman will look like.

As expected, it borrows heavily from the looks of the Beachcomber concept we saw at the recent Detroit motor show, but this time it has doors. The Countryman will come with a wide range of engines, ranging from the 90bhp entry-level diesel to a 181bhp Cooper S. A performance John Cooper Works version is also likely to join the line up.

It's unlikely that anyone will buy the Mini Countryman for its mud-tackling capabilities but it is available with the option of four-wheel drive and an electronic limited slip differential for moments when it gets stuck on the school run.

To appeal to practical but image-conscious Mini buyers, the Countryman comes with the choice of two individual seats in the back, or a bench seat that caters for three.

There are no indications on prices yet, but these and more details for the UK spec are expected prior to the launch later this year.

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