The Mini Countryman is a SUV crossover subcompact. The Countryman was first unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Featuring All4 AWD powertrain including electro-hydraulic differential, the Countryman received some minor amendments in 2012, including a EU6 exhaust, a reworked clutch, and improved software to reduce stalling problems. If at any point you experience problems with your Countryman, grab a Mini Cooper Countryman repair manual to make sure you get the job done right.
Developed with Prodrive beginning in early 2009, the Countryman WRC is a race car version of Mini Cooper S ALL4 with a 1.6 L, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. In 2010, the first test drive for the Mini Countryman WRC, which would also be available to customer teams, was planned. It was unveiled at the Paris Show that same year.
The Countryman John Cooper Works is a derivative of the Cooper S ALL4 version of the Countryman, with increased engine power to 215 hp (160 kW;218 PS) and 280 N⋅m (207 lb⋅ft) with over boost: 300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft). In 2012, it was unveiled at the International Geneva Motor Show and went on sale in autumn 2012. US models receive engines with reduced power, which produced 208 hp (155 kW;211 PS) and 260 N⋅m (192 lb⋅ft), these went on sale in July 2012.
Mini USA collaborated with rock band Kiss in 2011, to create one-off Countryman crossovers themed after the band, auctioned off on eBay, with proceeds going to UNICEF to help children affected by the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The auction successfully raised $129,000USD.
A minor facelift to the Countryman was debuted at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. The facelift included a new pattern on the hexagonal radiator grille, additional body color options, and underride guard elements were available for the Cooper S Countryman ALL4. It went on sale in July 2014. All variants carried over. US variants include Cooper, Cooper S ALL4, Cooper S, John Cooper Works, with the option of either a 6-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission.
In 2016, the second generation Countryman was introduced at the LA Auto Show in November 2016. It hit the market in February 2017, across Europe and March everywhere else. It was launched with three variants: Cooper, Cooper S, and the new Cooper S E All4 plug-in hybrid.
Mini entered the World Rally Championship (WRC) with the Countryman beginning in 2011, the car continued to be used across the rally racing world, and won the 2012 Qatar International Rally and the 2014 Barum Czech Rally Zlín, as well as making to the podium at the 2013 Rally of Lebanon. Since 2013, the Countryman has gone on the win many races. However, the wear and tear of racing can do any vehicle a michief, make sure you have a Mini Cooper Countryman service manual when your tuning your Countryman for its big day!