The all-new, second-generation MINI Countryman has been launched in India at Rs 34.9 lakh onwards. More spacious than before, the new iteration of the crossover is also better equipped. Deliveries will begin in June 2018, and the local production of the vehicle has already begun at BMW’s manufacturing facility in Chennai.
Engine choices include a 2-litre turbocharged petrol unit that makes 189 bhp and 28.57 kgm. It’s claimed to shoot to 100 kph from a standstill in 7.5 seconds, whereas the top speed is 225 kph. Bound to be more popular, the 2-litre diesel isn’t too far in terms of performance. It makes 187 bhp and 40.81 kgm, manages 0-100 kph in 7.7 seconds, and boasts a top speed of 220 kph. Both versions get an 8-speed automatic gearbox, but if you choose the JCW-pack-equipped MINI Countryman Cooper S JCW Inspired (quite a name), there are paddle shifters available, too.
The Cooper S (petrol) is priced at Rs 34.90 lakh, while the Cooper SD (diesel) is a tad dearer at Rs 37.40. The Countryman Cooper S JCW Inspired tops the range at Rs 41.40 lakh. All these prices are ex-showroom, and effective from June 2018.
In terms of features, the MINI crossover gets a gesture-controlled tailgate, cruise control, LED headlamps, a choice of 6.5-inch infotainment unit of an 8.8-inch touchscreen one, etc. There are five colours to choose from: Island Blue, Light White, Chilli Red, Melting Silver, and Thunder Grey. The JCW Inspired will also be available in an exclusive British Racing Green (ooh) shade, too.
BMW India’s President, Vikram Pawah said, “The all-new MINI Countryman is built for adventure and an ideal companion for city trips to country getaways and long journeys. The second generation of the MINI Countryman represents a more distinctive and mature proposition of an ultimate all-rounder with ample space for you and your family. It is a perfect fit for an urban environment offering unique driving comfort, refined interior, and clever functionality. Every road marks the beginning of a new chapter, whether it’s a winding country road or the bustle of the city, now you can truly unleash your inner adventurer.”