After making its global debut in May of last year, Mini Philippine distributor Autohub Group has officially launched the 2022 Countryman. Featuring a refreshed exterior and a more high-tech cabin, the biggest Mini in the lineup combines a sporty driving experience, as well as an ample and practical crossover that can seat five in total.
For its latest iteration, the Countryman now sports a bolder face courtesy of a new front grille, redesigned LED headlights and foglights, restyled rear apron, a Piano Black exterior trim, and stylish 19-inch alloy wheels.
Mini claims that the new body-colored front bumper gives the Countryman a more striking appearance over its predecessor. Meanwhile, the grille's hexagonal contours lend the SUV a more sophisticated appearance. On the other hand, the latest version of the LED headlights features distinct asymmetrically rounded contours that make it stand out.
Over to the rear, the redesigned apron contributes to the vehicle's more powerful and contemporary look of the updated Countryman. Then there are the “Union Jack” style taillights that have become a signature look on almost every Mini today. Last but not least, the 19-inch lightweight alloy wheels further give the Countryman a more discerning look over the pre-facelift version.
Aside from the exterior, Mini also upgraded the Countryman's interior. For starters, there's a new 5-inch digital instrument panel for the driver. It replaces the motorcycle-inspired gauges with a large screen that can show the tachometer, speedometer, fuel gauge, multi-info display, as well as a navigation system. There's also a new “Sport” leather steering wheel with updated media controls.
Providing infotainment is an 8.8-inch touchscreen system. It now comes with Mini's Connected Media and Connected Navigation Plus systems which serve as the brand's latest in-car connectivity features. Features such as Bluetooth, wireless Apple CarPlay, USB, and USB come as standard on the 2022 Countryman.
Other available features inside include; dual-zone automatic climate control, full-leather upholstery, electronically-adjustable front seats with memory function for the driver, 40:20:40 split rear seats, a new gear selector, LED ambient lighting, and front/rear park distance control.
Under the hood, the 2022 Countryman continues to be powered by a BMW-derived 2.0-liter TwinPowerTurbo four-cylinder engine. It makes 192 PS at 5000 – 5500 rpm along with 280 Nm of torque at 1350 – 4600 rpm.
It is then mated to a new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that replaces the previous 8-speed automatic gearbox. As a result, the Countryman can go from 0 – 100 km/h in just 7.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 226 km/h.
The 2022 Mini Countryman is now available with a suggested retail price of PHP 3,750,000. It's also available in a wide array of colors, including two new finishes; White Silver Metallic and Sage Green Metallic.