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2015 MINI Countryman revealed, Cooper S more powerful

April 17, 2014

The updated MINI Countryman has been revealed, sporting minor styling revisions and some updated interior details. The Cooper S variant is also more powerful and quicker.

2015 MINI Countryman-front

While the new MINI Cooper is an all-new model based on BMW’s UKL1 platform, the Countryman will carry over much the same as the outgoing model for at least another year.

Updates to styling include a new front grille, LED fog lights and daytime running lights, and a range of new alloy wheel designs. Underbody protection has also been enhanced for the ALL4 four-wheel drive variants.

2015 MINI Countryman-rear

Under the bonnet, the sporty Cooper S variant misses out on the new 2.0-litre turbo as featured in the hatch. Instead, it comes with an uprated 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder producing 140kW and 240Nm. It’s able to cover 0-100km/h in 7.5 seconds.

Stepping up, the high-performance John Cooper Works model comes with a boosted version of the 1.6 producing 160kW and 280Nm. It’s able to conquer 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds.

The base model 1.6 naturally aspirated four-cylinder remains unchanged, with 90kW and 160Nm. Acceleration from 0-100km/h takes 10.4 seconds, which is 0.1 seconds quicker than the outgoing model.

Interior updates include an extensive MINI Connected media interface with more apps, and MINI systems such as Mission Control, Dynamic Music, Driving Excitement and MINIMALISM Analyser.

Users can also go online and operate Facebook, Twitter and foursquare as well as Glympse, with RSS news feed reception and entertainment programs such as AUPEO!, Stitcher, Deezer, Audible, Napster/Rhapsody and TuneIn.

MINI Australia is yet to announce local pricing and specifications. It will go on sale later this year, after making its public debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show this week.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.