MINI has commenced assembly of the Countryman in two diesel and one petrol variant in BMW’s Chennai plant. The diesel variants include the MINI Cooper D Countryman and the MINI Cooper D Countryman High priced at Rs. 25.6 Lakhs and Rs. 28.9 Lakhs (ex-showroom) respectively. The petrol variant is the MINI ONE Countryman which will be priced at a mouth watering Rs. 23.5 Lakhs thanks to it being assembled locally.
MINI Cooper D Countryman
This model will be powered by MINI’s 1.6L diesel which makes around 112 hp (82 kW) and 270 Nm of torque. This diesel mill was developed with PSA Peugeot Citroën and the engine is also found on the Peugeot 207. 270Nm of torque is pretty close to what the Cooper S is capable of! The diesel has a claimed 0-60 mph time of 10.9 seconds and a top speed of 185 kph.
European journalists have reported that the diesel mill has no turbo lag to speak of but isn’t as urgent as the petrol mills. Do keep an eye on our website for the full review when we test this for ourselves.
MINI Cooper D Countryman High
This is again a variant exclusive to India which comes with additional accessories on the exterior as well as the interior. This model will also be powered by MINI’s 1.6L diesel.
MINI ONE Countryman
The MINI ONE is a slightly more affordable variant of the MINI Cooper with the same 1.6L petrol engine but downtuned to make 98 hp (72 kW) and 153 Nm of torque with a 0-60 mph time of 11.2 s
The other variants of the MINI Countryman will continue to be imported as CBUs. The MINI Cooper S Countryman is priced at Rs. 34.2 Lakhs while the MINI Cooper S Countryman High is priced at Rs. 37.5 Lakhs.
This is the first time a MINI will roll off an assembly outside of Europe. MINI has established five exclusive outlets across Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. The BMW Plant in Chennai produces the BMW 3 Series, the BMW 5 Series, the BMW X1 and the BMW X3. In 2013, the BMW Plant Chennai will also produce the BMW 7 Series and the BMW 1 Series.
Price List ( ex-showroom in Rs.)
MINI Cooper : 26,60,000
MINI Cooper S : 29,90,000
MINI Cooper Convertible : 32,50,000
MINI ONE Countryman* : 23,50,000
MINI Cooper D Countryman* : 25,60,000
MINI Cooper D Countryman High* : 28,90,000
MINI Cooper S Countryman : 34,20,000
MINI Cooper S Countryman High : 37,50,000