The 2018 Mini Countryman will not get drastic changes though, as per industry buzz. There are several compact crossovers in the market nowadays but Mini Countryman has a distinct appeal that can neither be denied nor replicated! The model which debuted in 2010 and received a number of revamps afterward is all set to get another revamp for 2018 model year. It gets new electric powertrain along with fuel based engines- which is a nice touch.
2018 Mini Countryman – Innovations and New Look
The Mini Countryman 2018 carries on with the cute bubbly build though subtle styling changes are here and there. It does have some core similarities with the BMW X1 but that may not be evident in exterior design style. The grille and front bumpers are revamped. Compared to the Mini Cooper it is taller and gets more plastic claddings on a body. Except for a neon-hued front charge port, the electric variant looks like the regular model.
The cabin of new Mini Countryman looks more or less like that of Mini Cooper. A 6.5-inch infotainment screen is there and the displays and dials have oval shapes, mostly. Cargo space is just about average. It can accommodate 4 adults easily.
In safety front, the 2018 Mini Countryman scores fairly well. You get several airbags, a rearview camera, parking assistance as default. Optional features are head-up display and adaptive cruise control.
All trims get features like 17-inch wheels, Bluetooth, synthetic leather upholstery, dual-panel sunroof, dual-zone climate control and rain-sensing wipers. There are oodles of customization choices including tech package and premium package.
2018 Mini Countryman – Speculated Powertrains
The 2018 Countryman shares its engine with sibling Mini Cooper, with minor alterations. The base engine is a turbocharged 1.5-liter unit making 134 hp. It gets a 6-speed manual transmission gearbox though you can opt for an 8-speed automatic gearbox too. You may go for the 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine which is fitted in Cooper S Countryman. It generates 189 hp. The top of the line John Cooper Works gets a beefier engine making 228 hp. The star of the show is the plug-in hybrid version which has a mixed power train that makes 221 hp.
2018 Mini Countryman – Price and Release Date
The 2018 Mini Countryman base trim pricing begins at approx $27,000. It will go on sale soon.
The Mini Countryman 2018 gets some welcome changes in features and powertrain. Also, the hybrid electric powertrain will lure more buyers. The pricing has also been done with an eye on reality.