Refreshed Mini crossovers unveiled

April 29, 2014 | By | In News

Mini has revealed face-lifted versions of its five-door Countryman and three-door Paceman crossovers.

Making their debuts at this month’s New York and Beijing Motor Shows respectively, the high-riding pair gain a number of interior and exterior design revisions, new engines and improvements in quality and refinement.

The refreshed Mini Countryman will start from £16,990

Externally, both cars benefit from a new grille design, new paint options and alloy wheel designs, as well as new optional headlamps incorporating LED daytime running lights.

Models equipped with all-wheel-drive are also bestowed with flared side-sills and chunkier front and rear bumpers, which give a more rugged appearance.

up to 67.3mpg

up to 218bhp

Inside, Mini has decided not to fit interior features similar to those seen on the recently launched hatchback model, instead opting to make tweaks to the existing design, with refreshed dials and a new display layout amongst the biggest changes. Improved levels of sound deadening material also increase acoustic refinement, Mini claims.

The pair also share engine updates, with all now complying to forthcoming stricter emissions legislation. Petrol models range from the 89bhp ‘One’ to the range-topping John Cooper Works model, which boasts 218bhp, yet returns 47.1mpg on the combined cycle. Diesels range from the 90bhp ‘One D’ to the 143bhp ‘Cooper SD’ model, which returns a credible 62.8mpg (combined).

A six-speed manual gearbox is offered as standard, with an automatic transmission optionally available on all models.

The Mini Countryman and Paceman will arrive in UK showrooms this summer, with the five-door model starting from £16,990.

Can’t wait that long? You can search for a used Mini Countryman here.

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