Mini Countryman pictures leakedFirst four-door Mini arrives in September
20 January 2010
This is the new Mini Countryman, the first family-orientated , which hits UK showrooms in September.
These images have been leaked ahead of the car’s official debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and show the sporting new square headlamp treatment, a new front grille and crucially, four proper doors.
The 'All4' four-wheel-drive badge on the back also hints that the Countryman could have some off-road ability, though there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of ground clearance. We’ll reserve judgment until we can get behind the wheel, though we can already say the fresh design cues have made this latest Mini model stand out amongst an ever-expanding line up.
Mini production moves out of UK
Not only is the Mini Countryman the first model to get four doors, it will also be the first of the BMW-generation Minis to be built outside the UK.
The Oxford plant in Cowley is approaching full capacity with , Clubman and production all under one roof. It’s also expected to be responsible for the production version of the later this year. This means a new facility in Austria has been found for Countryman production.
Engines and prices still to be confirmed
Mini is yet to announce engine details, though we’re expecting the Countryman to use the same turbocharged 1.6 litre petrol unit that's in the Mini Cooper S and Mini JCW, along with a diesel derivative. Prices are expected to start from around £17,000 - £3,000 more expensive than the entry-level Clubman One - though it should offer the most practical Mini package yet. In the meantime, check out this rather psychedelic teaser video.
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