Along with the 2024 Mini Cooper SE, Mini has revealed the 3rd-generation Countryman. But unlike the new Cooper, the new Countryman will be available in all-electric and ICE-powered variants. Order books are open in select markets, with prices in the UK starting at £42,080 OTR (for the Countryman E).
The styling cues come from the new Cooper SE, although there are some Countryman-specific adaptations such as hexagonal headlights and C-shaped taillights. On the side, you can notice that the door handle design is also the same, and it appears that more emphasis has been given to the floating roof effect. The aerodynamic wheel design is also different in this case; the wheel sizes range between 17- to 20-inches. The standard suspension setup is claimed to offer a blend of comfort and sportiness, but buyers can opt for Adaptive Suspension with 15 mm lowering and frequency-selective dampers. But anyway, the new Countryman claims a drag co-efficient figure of 0.26 Cd—compared with 0.31 Cd of its predecessor.
As with the new Cooper SE, the new Countryman will also be available in four trims: Essential, Classic, Favoured and John Cooper Works. The JCW flaunts a sporty flair with the front grille frame and logo in high-gloss black, and of course, the optional Chili Red contrast roof.
That panoramic glass roof is an optional extra, as are electric seat adjustment with memory function and massage function. What’s not optional, however, is that the new Countryman offers significantly enhanced comfort, thanks to almost 3 cm of additional width in the shoulder and elbow area. The shoulder width of the rear seats has also been increased by 2.5 cm. As with the Cooper SE, the materials used include recycled stuff, and there are some interesting patterns on the door panels and dashboard. Sports seats are a standard affair, but the ones in the JCW are claimed to offer better seat geometry and additional lateral support.
Tech inside includes a circular OLED display; optional head-up display; optional Harman Kardon Surround Sound System; optional MINI Connected Package for realistic 3D map visualizations, and optional 5G capability. As for the ADAS stuff, you get Active Cruise Control. Steering and Lane Assistant are part of the optional Driving Assistant Plus package. The Driving Assistant Professional package includes a new function that helps the driver take the right exit. For the first time, the Mini Countryman also offers semi-automated driving on motorway-like routes at speeds of up to 60 km/h (37 mph). Parking Assistant Professional is also an optional extra. Trailer Assistant is included as standard.
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the new Countryman will initially be available as Countryman E and Countryman SE ALL4. The Countryman E offers 150 kW (204 metric hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft), good for an official 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 8.6 seconds and an official top speed of 170 km/h (106 mph).
The more powerful Countryman SE ALL4 with its two electric motors offers 230 kW (313 metric hp) and 494 Nm (364 lb-ft), helping you sprint from 0-100 km/h in 5.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 180 km/h (112 mph).
The battery pack capacity in both cases is gonna be 66.45 kWh, with estimated ranges of 462 km (287 mi) and 433 km (269 mi), respectively.
ICE-powered models will join the lineup at a later date.