Vehicle Overview from Edmunds.com
Edmunds.com 2011 MINI Countryman Overview
The 2011 Mini Countryman due out in the spring of 2011 is a larger four-door model designed to expand the brand's appeal. Essentially Mini's take on the compact crossover SUV, the Countryman is 5.5 inches longer than a Cooper Clubman model as well as being wider and taller. Mini promises that the Cooper's fun-to-drive character will remain intact, however. Inside, the Countryman features a familiar-looking cabin but with an elevated seating position befitting its crossover design. The standard rear bucket seats have a 5-inch range of fore/aft adjustment. You don't have to be content with a four-seat Mini this time around, though. Order the three-place bench seat and your Mini Countryman will seat five. The bench will adjust fore/aft and recline. Drop the rear seats into the floor and you're met with 41 cubic feet of cargo space in the Cooper Countryman, which is a significant jump over the 32.8 cubic feet in the Clubman. The Countryman will enter the U.S. market powered by one of two engines: a standard front-wheel-drive 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 121 horsepower, and a turbocharged 181 hp variant included in the top-drawer, all-wheel-drive Mini Cooper S Countryman model. Manual or automatic transmissions transmit power through six gears apiece. It's fully expected that Mini will offers its trademark selection of customizing options, including the usual wheel upgrades, telephone interfaces, a panoramic sunroof and John Cooper Works performance goodies. We're eager to put the 2011 Mini Countryman through its paces and see just how much stuff will fit inside, so be sure to check back soon for a full report.