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Author: Dan Clarkson

Published Date: 23/11/2016

The MINI Countryman is the brand's largest model, with great interior space while holding onto MINI's iconic look and design.

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Now, the Countryman – which has been around since 2010 – is getting a facelift, and its second generation is changing the face of the model. For 2017, the model has increased dimensions, a more powerful presence and off-road styling, despite a familiar shape keeping the Countryman distinctly MINI.

Standing 20 centimetres longer and three centimetres wider than the first generation, the wheelbase has also been extended by 7.5 centimetres, which means more interior space for passengers and for storage, with 450 litres of boot space and 1,309 litres with the rear seats down – 220 litres more than the previous model.

This is a step-up for the MINI brand also, as the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is the first plug-in hybrid model in the company's history, drawing technology from BMW Group and helping provide 134.5mpg and a 0-60mph time of 6.7 seconds. The remaining engines in the range are also some of the most efficient in their classes, with the TwinPower Turbo units from BMW Group ranging from 136hp to 192hp.

The new Countryman will be coming with an updated version of the ALL4 all-wheel drive system that is more efficient and quicker to react to changing conditions. Also fitted with active cruise control, pedestrian warning and park distance control, you will be safe on the road.

Optionally fitted with the MINI navigation system XL – which includes an 8.8-inch touchscreen – and Harmon Kardon speaker system, plenty of extra technological extras can be added for your enjoyment.

The new MINI Countryman range will start from £22,465 and deliveries will be starting from February 2017. For more information on the new Countryman, contact your nearest Cooper MINI Centre.

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