Auto Expo 2018: New Mini Countryman to launch in India

Auto Expo 2018 will host the launch of the biggest car in Mini's product portfolio. The new Mini Countryman shares its design with its hatchback sibling but offers SUV practicality with much more space and a bigger boot.

By: | Published: February 2, 2018 12:30 PM
Second-generation Mini Countryman (Image: Autocar India) Second-generation Mini Countryman (Image: Autocar India)

BMW Group stall at the Auto Expo 2018 is expected to also line up several cars from the Mini, including the Mini Cooper 3-Door, Cooper 5-Door, Convertible and the Clubman. However, the front end centre of the stall will be taken by the new Mini Countryman that will be launched at the Auto Expo 2018. Mini Countryman is the brand's largest car and shares its design, and engine with its hatchback versions, but with a bit of an SUV stance. It is based on the UKL FWD platform that also underpins the BMW X1.  The second-generation Mini Countryman is larger than its previous version, which has also been on sale in India. The new Countryman, due for launch at the Auto Expo 2018, is 4,299 mm in length, 1,822mm in width, 1,557mm in height with a wheelbase measuring 2,670 mm. Larger dimensions ensure that the new Mini Countryman has an even more spacious boot.

The new Mini Countryman is expected to come with engine options of a 2.0-litre petrol and diesel units in varying states of tune. Mini's most practical car, the international version of the Countryman is powered by 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines.

Auto Expo 2018 is expected to only see the launch of the standard Mini Countryman, while a plug-in hybrid variant is also on sale in international markets. The Mini Countryman range is likely to have an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. While the outgoing version was only sold in front-wheel-drive format, a four-wheel-drive version may be on the cards.

When launched at the Auto Expo 2018 in February, the new Mini Countryman will likely carry a price tag of Rs 40-45 lakh (ex-showroom), placing it as a rival against the Volvo V40 Cross Country.

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