Mini has just released the details on the upcoming 2013 Countryman, it’s all-wheel-drive, less-mini Mini. Available starting this month, the new Countryman benefits from changes that are more of the refreshed variety, rather than sweeping substantial ones.
The interior of the 2013 Countryman has benefited from the most attention. The ring around the larged central speedometer and air vents will now come dressed in Carbon Black, or in chrome as part of the Chrome Line interior fitment package. Mini also reconfigured several ergonomic elements such as the arm rests and repositioned several swtiches to the driver’s side door for easier access. On the outside, customers can now choose from two new paint colors, Brilliant Copper metallic and Blazing Red metallic. Mini also retooled several of the Countryman’s option and equipment packages allowing for more customer customization.
Engine choices for the new Countryman are the naturally aspirated 1.6-liter four-cylinder currently on duty throughout Mini’s lineup that makes 121 horsepower, a turbocharged 181 horsepower version of that same engine for the hotter Cooper S Countryman, and 208 horsepower variant of the 1.6-liter for the hardcore John Cooper Works Countryman. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard, and customers can also opt for a six-speed automatic. Mini’s ALL4 all-wheel-drive system will be an option on the Cooper S Countryman, and will come as standard on the John Cooper Works version.
Please scroll down for the official press release from Mini.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – November 1, 2012. In the two years since its launch onto the world’s car markets, the MINI Countryman has developed into a driving force behind the continuing growth of the brand. The transference of hallmark MINI qualities and values into a new vehicle segment has won over new target groups worldwide to the brand’s unmistakable style. Autumn 2012 will see the British carmaker’s first model to offer all-wheel drive benefiting from an extensive round of modifications which will further enhance the allure of its boundless driving fun. Detailed refinements to the car’s design and the selection of materials available for the interior shine the spotlight even more brightly on a premium character none of the MINI Countryman’s rivals can match. The spacious five-door’s optimized ease of use underlines its very modern appreciation of practicality.
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