Last week, Mercedes-AMG revealed the all-new GLA 35. It serves as the stepping stone in the high-performance cars and is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that generates 306 PS and 400 Nm of torque.

All well and good, but before Mercedes-AMG made their own 300+ horsepower crossover, Mini had already been making their own for years with the Countryman John Cooper Works (JCW). And now, the British automaker has just revealed the updated version for the 2021 model year.

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While the Countryman JCW may look like any standard Countryman on the road, the high-performance crossover does feature some key upgrades. For starters, it has a unique front grille, a one-piece chrome surround, and adaptive LED headlights. Also seen on the updated crossover are the new 'Union Jack' LED taillights which have now become a signature look on almost every Mini to date.

Like the standard models launched earlier, the 2021 Countryman JCW now comes with a 5-inch digital instrument panel derived from BMW. It also has an upgraded touchscreen infotainment system that supports Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, USB, navigation, as well as wireless charging on select smartphones.

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Under the hood, the Countryman JCW is powered by a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-four. Unlike its predecessor which made 231 PS and 350 Nm of torque, the upgraded engine now produces over 300 PS and more than 400 Nm of torque. For 2021, the Countryman JCW cranks out 306 PS along with 450 Nm of torque. Mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with All4 all-wheel-drive, the crossover can go from 0 – 100 km/h in as little as 5.1 seconds.

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The 2021 Mini Countryman JCW is now available in Europe. There is no word yet as to when the more powerful Countryman JCW, as well as the standard models, will be available in the country. But more than likely, it may arrive in the country sometime next year.

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Should the Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 arrive at the same time, it will be quite an interesting showdown between the two as both have a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, 300+ horsepower, and all-wheel-drive.