Marcus De Guzman / Marcus De Guzman | May 03, 2017 15:59
Mini Philippines goes big with the all-new Countryman
The next-generation Mini Countryman has officially arrived in the country after the Autohub Group launched the all-new crossover at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Longer, taller and packed-full of new technology, the 2017 Countryman is set to take on the premium crossover segment with its signature and iconic shape and the promise of go-kart-like handling.
“We are thrilled to offer the new Mini Countryman in the Philippines. It has a powerful expressive design, efficiently shaped bodywork and unmatched driving agility. Mini has a strong following in the Philippines and we believe the new Mini Countryman is the car they have longed to drive every day, everywhere, for every occasion,” said Willy Q. Tee Ten, president of Mini Philippines.
While bigger than the outgoing model, the all-new Countryman retains the distinct shape of the previous model while incorporating a sleeker design. Up front, it gets a new set of LED headlights along with a revised hexagonal grill and front bumper. Over to the side, the entry-level Cooper D is fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli Cinturato P7 tires. Meanwhile, the top-of-the-range Cooper SD rolls on 18-inch alloys wrapped in Bridgestone Turanza T001 tires.
Around the back, the distinct vertical taillights have been slightly updated, while the tailgate now features a large chrome trim. The Cooper D gets a single exhaust while the Cooper SD is fitted with dual exhaust pipes.
Inside, the signature Mini interior has been given a slight update for the 2017 Countryman. A mix of hard- and soft-touch plastics envelope the cabin while leather upholstery gives the next-gen crossover a more premium finish.
It gets 40:20:40 split rear seats that deliver configurable luggage space. With the rear seats up, the 2017 Countryman is capable of carrying 450 liters of luggage. Fold them down and it goes up to 1,390 liters of cargo. Mini claimed this resulted in a 220 liter increase over the previous model.
In-car entertainment is provided by the familiar 6.5-inch touchscreen display that is surrounded by the LED ring. Available features that can be specified include: Bluetooth, navigation, central multi-info display, LED ambient lighting, Mini Country Timer and Mini Wire Package as such.
There are also selectable Mini Driving modes that can be accessed via the rotary switch located at the base of the gear shifter. Depending on one's preference, the 2017 Countryman can be set to Green, Mid or Sport. Dual-zone automatic climate control with rear vents and a panoramic glass roof round up some of the standard amenities in the 2017 Countryman.
Powering the all-new Countryman are a range TwinPower Turbo inline-four diesels. The Cooper D gets a 2.0-liter engine that puts out 150 PS at 4000 rpm and 330 Nm of torque at 2500 rpm. The more powerful Cooper SD also gets a 2.0-liter motor that doles out 190 PS at 4000 rpm along with 400 Nm of pulling power at 2500 rpm.
Both the Cooper D and Cooper SD Countryman are mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox and is connected to Mini's ALL4 all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. Trailer load for the Cooper D is rated at 1500 kg while the Cooper SD is capable of pulling 1800 kg.
Standard safety kit present on the 2017 Countryman are the following: collision warning with city braking function, camera-based cruise control, pedestrian warning with initial brake function, high-beam assist and road sign detection. Easier parking is made possible via the park distance control for the rear (front and rear optional) and a rear-view camera. Park assist and heads-up display will only be available as optional extras.
For those that prefer to upgrade the handling on their 2017 Countryman, Mini is also offering the optional Dynamic Damper Control. It is comprised of electronically controlled dampers that work in conjunction with the three driving modes. Green sets it for comfort while Sport stiffens them up. Mid acts as the go-between between the two modes.
Pricing of the 2017 Mini Countryman are as follows:
2017 Cooper D Countryman – PhP 2,900,000
2017 Cooper SD Countryman – PhP 3,400,000