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New Mini Countryman JCW 2021 detailed: Updated performance small SUV arrives to challenge Mercedes-AMG GLA35

The Countryman JCW recieves minor tech and aesthetic update for 2021.

Mini has revealed an update for its performance-oriented Countryman John Cooper Works (JCW) small SUV, which is set to arrive in Australia towards the end of 2020.

Among the updated features for the JCW are a refreshed front grille treatment, a new sports exhaust system, a digital instrument cluster, and an updated multimedia suite.

New LED light clusters feature in a slightly updated design. New LED light clusters feature in a slightly updated design.

The JCW’s performance cred comes from its 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 225kW/450Nm, placing it squarely in competition with Mercedes-AMG’s GLA35 small SUV (225kW/400Nm). The JCW can sprint from 0-100km/h in a claimed 5.1 seconds and will consume as low as 6.9L/100km, according to the brand’s ‘preliminary’ figures. It will maintain the same eight-speed ZF torque converter automatic and ‘All4’ all-wheel-drive system as the outgoing car.

However, it appears the no-cost manual transmission option has been dropped for 2021.

Other minor updates include redesigned LED light clusters both front and rear, as well as reorganised interior controls and finishes.

A digital dash and updated media suite headline changes in the cabin. A digital dash and updated media suite headline changes in the cabin.

The updated JCW is scheduled to arrive in Q4 of 2020 for a 2021 model year.