It took a while, but the high performance John Cooper Works (JCW) version of the all-new Countryman has just been unveiled. Looking more aggressive than its standard counterpart, the JCW crossover gets a new 2.0-liter turbo powerplant, along with extra in-car features and performance add-ons.
It is the biggest JCW model to date as it measures 4,312mm long, 1,821mm wide, 1,557mm tall and has a 2,669mm wheelbase. The latest JCW comes with a new aerodynamic kit. The front bumper gets large cooling inlets, replacing the standard foglights and parking lights while the hexagonal grill gets a honeycomb design. Also present are the wide side skirts and tweaked rear bumper, spoiler and roof rails.
When specified with the Rebel Green paint, it gets a Chili Red color contrast on the hood graphics, roof and side mirror caps. Beyond that, there are six other metallic colors to choose from for the 2018 Countryman JCW
Sport seats come as standard on the Countryman JCW and feature integrated headrests. Other JCW goodies include the three-spoke steering wheel and model specific gear knob for 6-speed manual models. It even comes a sunroof and a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment with reverse camera. Available as an option however is an 8.8-inch touchscreen system with navigation.
At the heart of the 2018 Countryman JCW is a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo engine that puts out 231 PS and 350 Nm of torque to all four wheels. Available transmissions include the standard 6-speed manual and the optional 8-speed automatic. 0 – 100 km/h comes in at 6.2 seconds while top speed is rated at 233 km/h, regardless of transmission choice.
Handling was also improved as Mini claimed the Countryman JCW has a more aggressive setup to allow drivers to carve through corners quicker. It also has the Dynamic Damper Control which gives drivers the option of setting the car's damping to stiff or soft. Better stopping power, on the other hand, comes courtesy four-piston Brembo brake calipers for the front axle.
In terms of safety, Mini is also offering the optional Driving Assistant package. When specified, the car is fitted with the following: collision warning with city braking, camera-based active cruise control, pedestrian warning, high-beam assist, road sign detection, park distance control with front and rear sensors, and a heads-up display as such.
The 2018 Mini Country JCW will make its public debut at this year's Shanghai Motor Show slated in April.