While we previously saw the new generation Mini John Cooper Works Countryman a few months ago, the ceremonial unveiling took place on Wednesday night. The sportiest variant of Mini’s tiny SUV blends a more aggressive appearance with Mini’s most powerful engine to date.
The engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with an eight-speed automated gearbox and all-wheel drive. However, power has been boosted from 301 to 312 ponies. Mini didn’t supply any dyno charts, so it’s uncertain if greater torque is available further in the powerband.
Like previous JCW models, the new Countryman gets enhanced brakes and suspension, as well as an adjustable exhaust system. It now has 245 mm tires all the way around, up from 225 mm on the previous model. As a result, this improved version has the potential to be more grippable and easier to handle.
The JCW Countryman features new front and rear bumpers, as well as wider grilles and distinctive embellishments. Lighting patterns are also altered, and 19- and 20-inch wheels in JCW-specific designs are available. The indentations in the hood that imply intake scoops above the grille stand out. The interior has red and black details, including the recycled polyester textile dashboard covering.