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A mini MINI no more – the new Countryman 2017 makes a big entrance


The all new Countryman 2017, now available to the New Zealand public, is more spacious in every way, freeing up more room to either comfortably transport five, or load it with the travel gear and embark on an adventure.

And that’s the role of the Countryman - to be the enabler of new stories; whether that be by taking you on a journey through beautiful scenery and landscapes or popular surf or snow spots, or heading out for a weekend trip away with a young family.

“The MINI DNA that customers love”

Classed as a Compact SUV, MINI say the Countryman 2017 is better described as an SAV (sports active vehicle) - and it’s something of a savvy one at that! 

BMW Group New Zealand Managing Director, Florian Renndorfer promises that the Countryman 2017 won’t lose any of the appeal of its predecessor.

“The MINI Countryman is one of the most popular models in the local MINI range, thanks in part to its versatile design and interior and typical MINI “go-kart” handling,” says Mr Renndorfer. “The new model brings a noticeable increase in size and space, providing the benefits of a true compact SUV while keeping the MINI DNA that customers love”.

Stand out from the crowd 

The all-appealing range kicks off with a compelling offer of six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, 17-inch alloy wheels, and convenient features such as electric tailgate operation for opening and closing, and folding exterior mirrors.

The appearance of the new Countryman can also be tailored to match the individual taste of its owner, thanks to the sheer number of design options that are on offer. Ten exterior colours are available, and they can be combined with a similar number of interior upholstery and colour line options. Black or white bonnet stripes, along with several roof colours, only add to the already high levels of customisation. 

Inside, the Countryman Cooper – smartly decked with cloth ‘Firework’ upholstery – also benefits from two-zone automatic air conditioning, sliding rear seat adjustment for increased interior versatility, and an infotainment system that’s contained within the MINI Radio Visual Boost package. 

The MINI Countryman Cooper S upgrades its upholstery on sports seats to ‘Double Stripe’ and further adds 18-inch alloy wheels, 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, MINI Navigation system, Park Distance Control front and rear plus Parking Assistant. 

 Safety upgrade 

Yes, it’s still functional with a capital FUN, but safety and comfort have also received an upgrade in the form of standard and optional driver assistance systems across the range. 

The standard collision warning with light city braking function can be extended to include the Driving Assistant system with camera-based active cruise control, pedestrian warning with initial brake function, high beam assistant and speed limit information traffic sign recognition system.

In addition to the standard Park Distance Control and rear view camera, Parking Assistant and Head-Up-Display systems are also available as optional equipment. 

Pack of Chili’s  

Across the entire Countryman 2017 range, motorists can reap further opportunities by investing an extra $5k in MINI’s popular Chili Pack which has an individual value of around $8,500. 

No matter whether you opt for the Cooper or the Cooper S, with the Chili upgrade you’ll find yourself nestling in to luxurious leather ‘cross punch’ upholstery and sports seats. The Cooper is also decked out with MINI Navigation, LED headlights, an alternative 18-inch wheel and the Comfort Access system, while the Cooper S also boasts an upgraded audio package (12 speaker, 410 watt, Harman Kardon audio system), plus revised 18-inch alloy wheel designs and the wide-ranging Driving Assistant package. This includes Speed Limit Info and approach control warning with light city braking. 

Priced from $44,900, the Countryman Cooper is powered by a 3-cylinder 1,499cc TwinPower Turbo engine. The Cooper S, starting from $52,900 plus orc, comies with a 4-cylinder 1,998cc TwinPower Turbo. 

The Countryman Cooper is priced from $44,900, while the Cooper S starts at $52,900 plus orc.

Later this year, we would hope to see the arrival of MINI Countryman ALL-Four AWD and PHEV Hybrid models.

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