Mini Australia has confirmed the first special for the facelifted version of the second-generation Countryman small SUV, with the Boardwalk Edition due next month.
The Boardwalk Edition stands out from the Countryman crowd with its Deep Laguna metallic paintwork, Piano Black exterior trim, black 18-inch Pin alloy wheels and fold-out picnic bench.
And if you’re still having trouble telling the difference, the Boardwalk Edition goes even further with characteristic garnishes on the ‘side scuttles’ and scuff plates as well as branding between the C- and D-pillars.
Inside, the Boardwalk Edition once again features branding, this time on the passenger side of the Piano Black dashboard insert, as well as a panoramic sunroof, a 410W Harman Kardon sound system with 12 speakers, and front sports seats with heating.
Two variants of the Boardwalk Edition are available, with the Cooper priced from $52,000 plus on-road costs and limited to 29 units, while the Cooper S checks in at $58,500 and is restricted to 30 examples.
Asking for an extra $7500 over the regular Cooper, the Boardwalk Edition also includes LED lighting, keyless entry and start, an 8.8-inch touchscreen multimedia system, Apple CarPlay support, a 5.5-inch digital instrument cluster, Carbon Black Mini Yours leatherette upholstery, an Anthracite headliner and a reversing camera.
The Cooper Boardwalk Edition is motivated by a 100kW/220Nm 1.5-litre turbo-petrol three-cylinder engine, which is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Commanding a $5600 premium over the normal Cooper S, the Boardwalk Edition features a black honeycomb grille insert, a sports steering wheel, power-adjustable front seats with memory functionality, Carbon Black Cross Punch leather upholstery and adaptive cruise control.
The Cooper S Boardwalk Edition is powered by a 141kW/280Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, which is mated to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic.
For reference, both new variants of the Audi Q3, Volvo XC40, Mercedes-Benz GLA and BMW X1 rival are front-wheel drive.
2021 Mini Countryman Boardwalk Edition pricing before on-road costs