March 31, 2017 – Bassoul Heneine sal, the official MINI importer in Lebanon welcomed the all-new MINI Countryman to its showroom in March. As the latest generation sees its premiere, the tradition-steeped British brand continues its advance into the premium compact segment.
The new MINI Countryman is the biggest and most versatile model in the brand’s 57-year history. Having been completely developed, it now reflects considerable advancements in the areas of space, functionality, athletic flair and premium characteristics.
The new MINI Countryman achieves its unique standing among direct competitors due to its powerfully expressive design, efficiently shaped bodywork, and in particular, its unmatched driving agility. The latest version of the all-wheel drive system ALL4 ensures driving fun beyond paved roads too.
The new MINI Countryman is some 20 centimetres longer than its predecessor and approximately 3 centimetres wider. Its wheelbase has been extended by 7.5 centimetres. This growth results in significantly increased space on five fully-fledged seats as well as a definite increase in storage volume and luggage transport versatility.
The latest generation of the MINI Countryman goes even further in terms of the model’s versatility, agility and premium character. Thanks to its powerful proportions, the new MINI Countryman has a particularly distinctive presence. Its unmistakable aura is defined by an extended ground clearance and raised seating position, further emphasised by the MINI ALL4 exterior look and high roof rails. The new MINI Countryman features design elements that are typical of the brand, including the clear three-way structure of the side view – broken down into roof, glass section and main corpus – as well as the short overhangs, large wheel arches and downward increase in width. Precise contours on the generous surfaces create an attractive play of light and shade that underscores the car’s athletic shaping and the vertical orientation of the body.
The striking profile of the headlamp units deviates from the circular shape that is otherwise typical of the brand. Their distinctive, slightly asymmetrically rounded contour goes together with the radiator grille to produce an unmistakable front view. The parking lights integrated in the air inlets are used for the daytime driving light as standard. In conjunction with the optional LED headlamps, the latter is generated for the first time by a band of light running entirely around each headlamp.
In the interior of the new MINI Countryman, a clear increase in space, refined premium ambience, and a modern display and operating concept reflect the progress achieved through the change of generation. Both driver and front passenger benefit from extended head and shoulder space, while the adjustment range of the seats has also been enlarged. Electrical adjustment of the driver and front passenger seats is optionally available, including a memory function on the driver’s side. The narrow body columns and the high seating position make for optimum visibility when manoeuvring. The rear door openings have been enlarged as compared to the predecessor model, now enabling a more convenient entrance and exit.
The new edition of the MINI Countryman lines up for the start, featuring entirely newly developed engine technology. For the market launch there are two petrol engines of the latest generation available to choose from, each with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology:
– MINI Cooper Countryman: 3-cylinder petrol engine, 1,499 cc, 136 hp, 220 Nm torque
– MINI Cooper S Countryman: 4-cylinder petrol engine, 1,98 cc, 192 hp, 280 Nm torque