MINI Asia and MINI Philippines unveiled yesterday the new MINI Countryman, the biggest and most versatile model in the brand’s 58-year history.
While the 2017 Countryman is longer, taller, sportier, and more high-tech than the model it replaces, it retains its signature look and still promises go-kart-like handling.
Nimble on the streets as well as off road, the second-generation Countryman is powered by TwinPower Turbo inline-four diesels. Under the hood of the Cooper D is a 2.0-liter mill capable of generation 150hp @ 4,000rpm and 330Nm @ 2,5000rpm. The Cooper SD, on the other hand, gets a more powerful 2.0-liter engine that puts out 190hp @ 4,000rpm and 400Nm @ 2,500rpm.
Inside, you’ll find the Radio MINI Visual Boost with 6.5-inch LCD display in the central instrument and a Bluetooth hands-free telephone facility. Options include the Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system, the MINI navigation system and the MINI navigation system Professional. The optional Wired package includes an 8.8-inch touchscreen MINI navigation system.
Thanks to the extended proportions, the cabin now has enough room for five fully-fledged seats. Luggage compartment volume is also now bigger. It can swallow 450 liters of cargo or as much as 1,390 liters with the rear seats folded.
An electric tailgate control is available as an option on the new Cooper D Countryman and standard on the Cooper SD. Another option is a MINI Picnic Bench in the rear cargo area, which folds out of the luggage compartment and provides seating for two.
The new MINI Cooper D Countryman retails for P2,900,000, while the Cooper SD Countryman goes for P3,400,000.