The second generation Mini Countryman was unveiled globally late last year. Similar to other models in their lineup, Mini will be introducing a hotter John Cooper Works variant.
Slated to make its first public debut at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show, the Mini John Cooper Works Countryman will arrive in showrooms later this year.
Power comes from a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine capable of 231 hp from 5,000 to 6,000 rpm and 350 Nm from 1,450 rpm to 4,500 rpm. Unique for JCW models include bespoke pistons, larger charge-air cooler, additional radiator, sports exhaust with controllable exhaust flap with chrome muffler tips. A six-speed manual comes as standard, though customers can opt for an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. Opting for the latter allows for shorter shift times and a Launch Control feature. Drive is sent to all four wheels via Mini's ALL4 all-wheel drive system.
Visually, the Mini John Cooper Works Countryman gains the John Cooper Works Aerodynamics Kit. Versus the reguar Countryman, the hotter JCW variant gets large cooling vents in place of the parking lights and fog light up front. Red highlights can be found on the side turn indicator surrounds, with the S emblem replaced by the JCW logo. Mini is offering four solid colours and six metallic colours for the JCW Countryman, with Rebel Green being exclusive for the JCW variant. The contrasting Chili Red for the roof and exterior mirror covers are also unique to JCW models.
On the handling front, the JCW Countryman now with standard sports suspension with stiffer suspension and damper setting. On top of that, the JCW Countryman is fitted, as standard, with Brembo sports brake system with 4-piston disc brakes up front. The brake calipers are finished in red. 18-inch JCW light alloy wheels in Black Thrill Spoke comes as standard, though owners can also opt for 19-inch wheels.
The John Cooper Works styling cues continue inside, as the Mini JCW Countryman gets JCW sports seats with integrated head rests, JCW steering wheel and JCW gear shifter. The rest of the interior is identical to the regular Countryman, like the rear seats that can be moved longitudinally by up to 13 cm in a 60:40 split.