U.S. Gets Shut Out of New All-Wheel-Drive Offerings for Mini Coopers


  • 2013 Mini Cooper Countryman ALL4 Picture

    2013 Mini Cooper Countryman ALL4 Picture

    Mini has extended its range of all-wheel-drive models to include the Mini Cooper Countryman and Mini Cooper Paceman — but not in the U.S. | June 03, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Mini has extended its range of all-wheel-drive models to include the Mini Cooper Countryman and Mini Cooper Paceman.
  • But the all-wheel-drive cars won't be available in the U.S., Mini's U.S. spokeswoman told Edmunds.
  • "Given the unique driving conditions and driver expectations in the U.S., Mini will not offer ALL4 Cooper engine models in the U.S. for either the Countryman or Paceman," wrote Yvonne Malmgren, in response to an Edmunds query on Monday.

MUNICH, Germany — Mini has extended its range of all-wheel-drive models to include the Mini Cooper Countryman and Mini Cooper Paceman.

The ALL4 all-wheel-drive system will be available starting next month for those models. This increases the number of all-wheel-drive versions within the Mini model range to 10 models.

But the cars won't be available in the U.S., Mini's U.S. spokeswoman told Edmunds.

"Given the unique driving conditions and driver expectations in the U.S., Mini will not offer ALL4 Cooper engine models in the U.S. for either the Countryman or Paceman," wrote Yvonne Malmgren, in response to an Edmunds query on Monday.

ALL4 will only be available as an option for the Cooper S and is standard on John Cooper Works models, as has been the case since their respective launches, Malmgren noted.

Malmgren said 2014 Mini pricing will be posted this week on the brand's media Web site.

Edmunds says: Hard to believe Mini buyers in the northern U.S. wouldn't be interested in this option.

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