MINI has updated its 2017 model range. Along with the addition of new creature comforts and a redesigned instrument console, it has also added two new entry-level variants for the Mini Countryman.
The new base petrol variant is the MINI One Countryman and is powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder mill. The motor churns out 102bhp and 180Nm of torque. The engine gets the option of either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox.
Also, there is the diesel base variant, the MINI One D Countryman with a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine punching out 116bhp and 270Nm of torque. Power to both the petrol and diesel base trims are sent to the front wheels, with the ALL4 all-wheel-drive (AWD) system reserved for the S variants.
The petrol 1.5-litre engine takes 11.8 seconds for it to sprint from 0-100 km/h with a 6-speed manual gearbox or 12.8 seconds with the optional 6-speed automatic gearbox. The diesel One D is a bit quicker by completing the same run in 10.9 seconds.
The remaining range of MINI has received minor tweaks as well. While the instrument cluster has been redesigned to improve readability, it also receives a host of graphic schemes.
The head-up display can now be adjusted as the per the driver's height. Also, the driving modes can now be adjusted via a new toggle switch below the air conditioning. The infotainment system has been updated with wireless Apple CarPlay.
The new update models will be launched globally in July 2017. In India, the MINI range comes through the CBU route, and we can expect the new range to be launched in the country around the same time.