Mini Germany has released petrol powertrain details for the upcoming third-generation Countryman range, including its sporty John Cooper Works (JCW) model.
While it revealed the electric Countryman E and SE days ago at the IAA Munich motor show, Mini was yet to detail its internal combustion range – until now.
Local pricing and specification of the new-generation Mini Countryman range will be confirmed closer to its local launch in the third quarter of 2024.
In Germany, Mini will offer a choice of two engines including a mild-hybrid 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder that incorporates an electric motor providing 14kW of additional power.
Total system outputs for the mild-hybrid powertrain are 125kW of power and 280Nm of torque.
Mini quotes a top speed of 212km/h for the 1.5-litre turbocharged mild hybrid engine.
The Countryman JCW will use the same engine as the BMW X1 M35i: a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine generating 221kW (5750-6500rpm) and 400Nm (2000-4500rpm) in European specification.
The JCW will also adopt the dual-clutch automatic transmission from the BMW X1 M35i.
Mini quotes a top speed of 250km/h for the Countryman JCW.
The new JCW’s outputs are down 4kW and 50Nm on the outgoing model, while it’s 0.3 seconds slower to 100km/h with a 5.4-second sprint time.
In markets like the United States and Australia, the X1 M35i receives a slightly adjusted tune of this engine with 233kW of power and an unchanged 400Nm of torque. It’s unclear if the Countryman will follow suit.
The German configurator for the JCW variant shows a choice of two wheel designs and four colours: white, black, silver and dark grey. The current car’s blue, red, and three separate greens are nowhere to be seen.
Underneath the JCW in the German combustion-powered Countryman range are the Essential, Classic, and Favourite trims.
The range starts from €39,900 (AU$66,936) before on-road costs and extends to €60,210 (AU$100,995) for the JCW.
The new Countryman shares its platform with the new-generation BMW X1 that’s built at the same plant in Leipzig, Germany.
It’s larger than its predecessor, measuring 13cm longer and 8cm taller.
On the outside the Countryman has wider wheel arches and a C-pillar design that differs according to the vehicle trim and is based on the vehicle’s four roof colours. There are also flush door handles and tail lights that can be configured with different signatures.
There’s a newly design interior with a wealth of woven textile surfaces, a two-spoke steering wheel, vertically oriented air vents, and vertically mounted door handles.
There are a total of eight “Mini Experience Modes” that change the ambient lighting projections, user interface, and synthesised engine sounds.
The centrepiece of the interior is a new 9.4-inch circular OLED touchscreen infotainment system that runs the latest Mini Operating System 9. It has been optimised for touch and voice control.
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