The Mini Countryman is known for its unusual but attractive appearance. When it was first introduced into the market, the car failed to register impressive sales record. This is because it appeared quite strange among consumers. However, the Mini Countryman has gained popularity over the last few years due to its impressive interior, styling, excellent powertrain performance and fuel economy. The automaker is working on plans of redesigning the vehicle for 2017 model year. Although there is still a few information on the car’s design details, a prototype has been spotted undergoing testing and spy shots captured. The 2017 Mini Countryman will retain its robust aesthetic appearance and some modification on the exterior and interior styling.
2017 Mini Countryman – Sporty Styling:
The vehicle comes with increased dimensions, including both the width and the length. It is actually larger and lingers than its predecessor. The 2017 Mini Countryman adopt a rugged and boxier outlook which makes it unique. The manufacturer has built the car’s body using a combination of high-strength steel and lightweight aluminum materials. Apart from enhancing aerodynamic power, lightweight aluminum designing allows for increased fuel efficiency. At the front end, the vehicle presents an awesome appearance with redesigned grille featuring chromium decorations, a new bumper and larger air intakes for efficient engine cooling. LED lighting technology will be adopted for both headlamps and xenon taillights. The new Mini Countryman is going to ride on massive 18-ich alloy wheels which make it more stable.
The vehicle does not only offer a spacious interior cabin but also the high level of comfort. There are sufficient headroom and legroom which will be affected by an increase in exterior dimensions. Cargo space at the rear end will also be increased to enable packaging of more luggage. Comfort will be enhanced by premium leather upholstery on the seats and for steering wheels trimming. Other standard interior features are automatic satellite navigation, climate control, modern air conditioner, updated infotainment system featuring LCD display screen, Mini Head –Up Display and others. The 2017 Mini Countryman comes with a quality sound system featuring HD satellite radio, USB port interface, CD/MP3/MP4 player, and Bluetooth smartphone and audio integration. It will be offered with an array of driver assistance and safety equipment including anti-lock brakes, automatic emergency braking system, airbags, safety belts, parking assist, line-departure warning system, cruise control and others.
2017 Mini Countryman – Engine Types and Specifications:
There are both diesel and gasoline drivetrains lined up for the upcoming Mini Countryman. The base motor is a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine capable of producing up to 121 hp at 114 lb-ft of torque. It will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission that sends power to a front-wheel drive (FWD) system. Those who want more power may go for the 2.0-liter diesel engine that features automatic transmission that directs power to an all-wheel (AWD) framework. In terms of acceleration, the 2017 Mini Countryman is rated to achieve the 0-60 mph in just 7.5 seconds. It is rated 135 mph when it comes to the top speed.
2017 Mini Countryman – Development, MSRP, and Competitors:
The 2017 Mini Countryman will be released in the course of next year. The base manufacturer’s suggested retail price is estimated at about $23,600. The model is going to face competition from Jeep Patriot/Compass, Fiat 500L and Subaru XV.