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Mini Countryman 2011, 4 doors and integral cog

BMW has just made official, the first pictures and biographical data of its First Mini Countryman model, which thus becomes the fourth member of the Mini family. property of the German group BMW.

The Countruman is much more than a simple version pupil threshold Mini Clubman. First its dimensions are much more generous with a wheelbase of 2,595 mm, which allows it to accommodate even five passengers. Loading spaces are also more generous, ranging from 350 to 1170 liters.

The massive Countryman that we can obtain either a FWD or AWD, inherited great in home engines, specific brand cars Mini.On account even bring it, fireworks aesthetic, suspensions and engine declinations John Cooper Works.

Marketing Countryman is expected to start after its unveiling to the public at the Geneva show, which takes place in March.

Here the European communicates issued on this subject:

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MINI enriches the family of a fourth variant models and opens a new dimension to MINI incomparable sensations. Crossover model, the MINI Countryman bridges the gap between the classic concept of the MINI and a modern Sports Activity Vehicle. The expanses possibilities it offers to urban mobility and many other uses open the joy of typical lead provided by any MINI to new target groups in search of more space and flexibility. First model of the brand offer four doors and a rear flap opening big, it offers expanded space allowing for multiple uses, a slightly elevated seating position and an optimized ride comfort. The perfect integration of occupants in the vehicle creates the experience of driving characteristic of MINI. The way sensations karting is also typical of the brand are also conserved or enhanced with a new facet thanks to the integral transmission optional MINI ALL4. Whether the design, the quality of great prestige, the maneuverability, the effectiveness or customizing the MINI Countryman embodies the characteristic features of the brand in an original form absolutely fascinating.

The MINI Countryman is evolve the brand's signature style with skill and determination. The new model combines the increased size of the body, the greater ground clearance and four lateral with the elements of well-known MINI style doors. Carriers short overhangs, a high belt line, a fund that is firmly based on four wheels and a band vitree circling the car - here's what creates the typical MINI proportions. The distinctive features of any MINI such as the roofline, the hexagon radiator grille, large headlights set into the bonnet, the edges of side indicator, the voluminous wheel arches and the rear light clusters are being substantially vertical reinterpreted.

Particular qualities of the MINI Countryman are visualized with authenticity in respect of MINI design. The front portion substantially vertical enhances its presence and is an integral part of the optimization of protection of pedestrians measures. The expanded space is highlighted by the large bay surfaces, four doors and shape of individual roof. The particularly wide border around the body and muscles wheel passages show the robust character of the vehicle and all-terrain ability. Precise transposition of MINI design a new vehicle segment, the MINI Countryman is presented as a new type of vehicle revealing yet at first glance eye MINI his identity.

The interior of the MINI Countryman, which is in the style of the brand new integrated aesthetic and functional elements. The slightly raised seating position facilitates access to board optimizes the view of the road and highlights the punch of the new model. The central instrument and the air vents are set by colored rings. Single element in the world replacing a conventional center console, the MINI Center Rail is available on the longitudinal axis and opens new possibilities and individual configurations for the integration of pockets, cupholders, external audio players, mobile phones and other items boosting comfort. Grace to elements clip-in can be hung anywhere on the rail, it is possible to arrange the storage compartment has its own way and to always have at hand the travel accessories. In addition, the Center Rail created an innovative optical and functional link between the front seats and rear seats.

As standard, the MINI Countryman is a four-seater; a rear bench seats three is optional at no extra cost. With legroom, headroom and shoulder width with generous, its interior offers excellent comfort for long journeys. The rear seats can be adjusted separately or in a ratio of 60/40 (rear seat has three places) on the longitudinal axis, the adjustable tilt files can be folded separately or in a ratio of 40/20/40 (rear seat three places). The volume of the luggage compartment from 350 liters and a maximum of 1,170 liters.

For the launch of the MINI Countryman, the customer can choose between three petrol engines and two diesels. All groups belong to a new generation of optimized by the engine expertise of the BMW Group engines. They meet the Euro 5 emission standards respectively ULEV II. The power range extends from 66 kW (90 hp) on the MINI One D Countryman to 135 kW (184 hp) on the MINI Cooper S Countryman. The four-cylinder 1.6-liter petrol model animating the edge of the range for the first time combines a fully variable distribution in twin-scroll turbocharger (double entry) and gasoline direct injection and so far achieved the best performance / consumption of cylinder in its class. As part of the strategy MINIMALISM, the new model benefited in a clean configuration each variant, extensive functionalities of reduction of fuel consumption and emission, the function recovery of the energy released during braking, the function of stop and automatic reboot of the engine, gearshift indicator and management slave needs some peripheral organs. As an alternative to the manual gearbox six-speed serial, versions a petrol engine can receive a six-speed automatic transmission Steptronic and function.

Optionally, the models MINI Cooper S Countryman and MINI Cooper D Countryman can be equipped with permanent MINI ALL4 all-wheel drive. On this system, an electrohydraulic differential central lodge directly on the gear manages the distribution of torque between the front axle and the rear axle of fully variable manner. In normal driving, up to 50 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels are sent, this share can go 100 percent in extreme situations. The maneuverability and agility typical of MINI are thus confer a new characteristic optimizes traction. It is the refined technique suspension systems, including among others the front axle has McPherson struts and oblique triangles matrices, multi-link rear axle and the electromechanical power steering (EPS) with Servotronic function, which is the base. Dynamic stability control (DSC) is part of the standard equipment of the MINI Countryman. Optionally, you may receive the DTC (Dynamic Traction Control; serial on the MINI Cooper S Countryman and the MINI Cooper D ALL4 Countryman) and a function of electronic locking differential on the front axle.

A body structure optimized for strength in case of shock distinguished by lines of force transmission and crumple zones clearly defined ensures maximum security. Safety equipment includes front and side airbags as well as curtain airbags covering front and rear seats, the seat belts are three point inertia-reel on all seats, belt latch tensioners and the belt force limiters has front as well as ISOFIX child seats in the back. A Tyre Defect Indicator is also embeds serial, while runflat tires are available as an option (standard on the MINI Cooper S ALL4 Countryman).

The vast possibilities of personalization to the outside and the inside, which are characteristic of every MINI, are being enriched with new equipment specific to this model. Newly composed, the range of interior colors, trim and decorative inserts seat allows you to dial particularly harmonious ensembles. The standard equipment of the MINI Countryman includes among others air conditioning, the MINI Center Rail, and an audio system with CD player. Is added a range of options and accessories specific to this model, which includes among other audio systems and high end and navigation channels and interfaces for mobile phones also allow the full integration of the Apple iPhone and other smartphones. The customer is also offer a large panoramic roof, adaptive forward lighting associates has xenon headlights, a heated windscreen, a towbar, light alloy wheels from 16 to 19 inches, a sport comprising a frame lowering the vehicle by 10 millimeters, as well as John Cooper Works Performance components.

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