Mini Australia has released the facelifted version of the current-generation Countryman, with the small SUV becoming a petrol-only model.
The Countryman’s two diesel variants, the Cooper D and Cooper SD, are no more locally, with the line-up maintaining its entry-level Cooper, mid-range Cooper S and Hybrid, and flagship JCW grades, although a cut-price JCW Pure has been added as part of the update.
Prices are up across the board for the carryover variants, with the Cooper up $2300, to $44,500 plus on-road costs, while the Cooper S and Hybrid have both increased by $3700, to $52,900 and $60,900 respectively.
The new JCW Pure grade is next up, at $61,915, while the full-fat JCW has jumped $1918, to $67,818.
The Cooper is powered by a 100kW/220Nm 1.5-litre single-turbo three-cylinder engine, while the Cooper S upgrades to a 141kW/280Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit. Both send drive to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Meanwhile, the Hybrid combines the Cooper’s engine with a 65kW/165Nm electric motor as part of its plug-in hybrid powertrain, which includes a six-speed torque-converter automatic and a larger, 9.6kWh battery that increases electric-only driving range to 61km.
The JCW Pure and JCW use a 225kW/450Nm version of the Cooper S’ engine but pair it with an eight-speed torque-converter automatic with paddle-shifters and launch control.
Of note, the Hybrid, JCW Pure and JCW all feature Mini’s All4 all-wheel-drive system.
Standard equipment in the Cooper includes LED lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, a power-operated tailgate, keyless entry and start, an 8.8-inch multimedia system, wireless Apple CarPlay support, a wireless smartphone charger, front sports seats and leatherette upholstery.
Advanced driver-assist systems extend to autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, a reversing camera and parking sensors.
The Cooper S adds three drive modes (Green, Mid and Sport), 18-inch alloy wheels, Piano Black trim, a sports steering wheel and Carbon Black leather Cross Punch upholstery.
The Hybrid also picks up four drive modes (Green, Green+, Mid and Sport) and chrome ‘scuttles’.
Over the Cooper S, the JCW Pure gets sports suspension, sports brakes, a red grille surround, a rear spoiler, dual central exhaust tailpipes, leather and Dinamica upholstery, and an Anthracite headliner.
The JCW goes a step further with adaptive dampers, 19-inch alloy wheels, a head-up display, a 410W Harman/Kardon sound system with 12 speakers, and Carbon Black leather Cross Punch upholstery.
As reported, the Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA rival’s facelift ushers in redesigned front and rear fascias as well as a 5.5-inch digital instrument cluster.
2021 Mini Countryman pricing before on-road costs
|Cooper S||automatic||$52,900 (+$3700)|
|JCW Pure||automatic||$61,915 (NEW)|