BMW brings in biggest Minis
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BMW New Zealand has launched the second generation Mini Countryman compact SUVs, promising more space and versatility than previous models.
Two Mini Countryman models will be available, powered by new-generation Mini TwinPower turbo petrol engines. The new models are the largest Minis in the brand's 57-year history.
The Mini Countryman Cooper will sell from $44,900, and the Cooper S from $52,900 plus on-road costs.
BMW Group New Zealand Managing Director, Florian Renndorfer, said the Countryman was one of the most popular models in the local Mini range.
"The new model brings a noticeable increase in size and space, providing the benefits of a true compact SUV while keeping the MINI DNA that customers love," he said.
The Cooper Countryman is powered by a three-cylinder 1.5 litre petrol engine, putting out 100kW, and 220Nm of torque, while the Cooper S Countryman is powered by a four-cylinder 2-litre engine, putting out 141kW and maximum torque of 280Nm.
The Countryman's wheelbase has been extended by 7.5 centimetres compared with the previous model.
The model has extended head and shoulder space, and the adjustment range of the seats has been increased. The rear door openings have been enlarged to provide more convenient loading and unloading.
The standard collision warning with light city braking function can be extended to include the Driving Assistant system with camera-based active cruise control, pedestrian warning with initial brake function, high beam assistant and speed limit information traffic sign recognition system.
In addition to the Park Distance Control and rear view camera, which are standard, a Park Assistance function is available.
The Cooper has a six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, 17-inch alloy wheels, and features such as opening and closing electric tailgate operation, and electric folding exterior mirrors.
The Cooper S adds 18-inch alloy wheels, 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, navigation system, Park Distance Control plus Parking Assistant, and sports seats.