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2024 Mini Countryman grows up, goes electric

The new, third-generation Mini Countryman crossover has officially been revealed alongside the new all-electric Mini Cooper ahead of their local launch in the third quarter of 2024.

This new Countryman is six centimetres taller and 13cm longer than the outgoing model, which allows for even more interior space than before.

It shares its platform with the new-generation BMW X1 that’s built at the same plant in Leipzig, Germany.

The outgoing Mini Countryman is currently produced in the Netherlands for markets including Australia. It’s also produced in India, Indonesia and Malaysia.

At launch the new-generation Mini Countryman will be offered in two different all-electric powertrains.

The Countryman E has a single electric motor producing 150kW of power and 250Nm of torque. It’s claimed to do the 0-100km/h sprint in 8.6 seconds.

The Countryman SE, on the other hand, has a dual-motor all-wheel drive setup with system outputs of 230kW and 494Nm. It’s claimed to do the 0-100km/h sprint in 5.6 seconds.

Both of these variants have a 64.7kWh battery pack, with the Countryman E and SE having WLTP claimed ranges of 462km and 433km, respectively.

It’s understood the new Countryman will be available with petrol-powered powertrains at some point. It’s unclear if these will come to Australia.

The new Countryman will be available with four different trim levels – Essential, Classic, Favoured, and JCW. All of these are claimed to have different designs and equipment levels.

On the outside the Countryman has wider wheel arches and a C-pillar design that differs according to the vehicle trim and is based on the vehicle’s four roof colours. There are also flush door handles and tail lights that can be configured with different signatures.

There’s a newly design interior with a wealth of woven textile surfaces, a two-spoke steering wheel, vertically oriented air vents, and vertically mounted door handles.

There are a total of eight “Mini Experience Modes” that change the ambient lighting projections, user interface, and synthesised engine sounds.

The centrepiece of the interior is a new 9.4-inch circular OLED touchscreen infotainment system that runs the latest Mini Operating System 9. It has been optimised for touch and voice control.

Local pricing and specification of the new-generation Mini Countryman will be confirmed closer to its local launch in the third quarter of 2024.

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