Yesterday will go down in automotive history as the day Mini, a go-kart-like hatchback brand, introduced a crossover – the Mini Countryman. The 2011 Mini Countryman will hit the stateside market early next year with two gasoline engine options including the base 1.6L 4-cylinder Mini Countryman and a turbocharged Countryman S.
According to Mini’s UK general manager Jochen Goller, a high-performance John Cooper Works model is also in the works.
“It”s definitely under consideration,” Goller said. “JCW has been a big success and we”ll look at doing it again here.”
Refresher: The base 2011 Mini Countryman will be available in the U.S. with a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine making 120-hp and a maximum torque of 118 lb-ft. The Mini Cooper S Countryman model will be powered by a 1.6L twin-scroll turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 180-hp and 177 lb-ft (192 lb-ft with Overboost) of torque. Both models will come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission. A 6-speed automatic will be available as an option.
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– By: Omar Rana