2012 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- A new version of the Mini Countryman will be the first John Cooper Works model to get all-wheel drive and an optional six-speed automatic.
- The JCW Countryman also features a new turbocharged direct-injection 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 211 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque.
- Preliminary specs include 0-60 acceleration in less than 7.1 seconds and average fuel economy of 33 mpg on the European driving cycle.
GENEVA — A new version of the Mini Countryman will be the first John Cooper Works model to get all-wheel drive and an optional six-speed automatic. The Mini JCW Countryman makes its public debut next week at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show and goes on sale this fall.
Mini's sixth JCW variant features a new direct-injection version of Mini's turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, complete with variable valve control, a larger intercooler and optimized air supply and exhaust gas discharge systems, as well as a sport exhaust system. The result is an increase in output to 211 horsepower and torque to 207 pound-feet — or brief bursts of 221 lb-ft with the overboost function.
Buyers can choose from a standard six-speed manual gearbox or the new optional six-speed automatic. The JCW Countryman zips from zero to 60 in less than 7.1 seconds with the manual and less than 7.5 seconds with the automatic. Average fuel economy on the European driving cycle is 33 mpg with the manual and 29 mpg with the automatic. Top speed is 127 mph.
Mini fits a sport suspension with stiffer springs, dampers and stabilizer bars. Ride height has been lowered by 0.4 inch. Dynamic Stability Control and Dynamic Traction Control are standard, as are 18-inch twin-spoke alloy wheels (19s are available at extra cost) and chrome tailpipes.
The five-seater has a standard aero body kit and offers a choice of seven exterior colors. Customers can opt for contrasting roof and mirrors in the usual Light White or Jet Black, as well as a new Chili Red. Stripes are also available.
The cabin is trimmed in piano black and features black cloth sport seats with red stitching; leather is optional. Other touches include a sport steering wheel and gearshift gaiter with red contrast stitching, dark speedo and tach, and anthracite headliner.
Edmunds.com says: A go-anywhere JCW from Mini.