Speaking at the media launch of the 2011 Mini Countryman in Texas, Jim McDowell, the head of Mini USA, confirmed that prices for the new Mini crossover will start at $22,350, about $550 more than the Mini Clubman. The starting price tag includes destination charges.
Sales of the Mini Countryman will start in late December. McDowell said that the 2011 Countryman crossover is expected to be the second biggest selling model for the brand after the Cooper hardtop, which accounts for 30,000 units annually.
“The Countryman is a game-changer for us,” McDowell said. “We are going from extra-small to small.”
Full pricing details will be announced closer to launch date.
Refresher: The base 2011 Mini Countryman is 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 is 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 come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission. A 6-speed automatic is available as an option.
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– By: Zain Haq
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