Now that we’ve reviewed the Countryman in detail our thoughts turn to products details and launch dates.

We expect production ready vehicles to start rolling off the line this September in Austria with European and UK dealers getting the first allotments shortly afterwards. MINI will launch with five models in Europe initially: Cooper, Cooper D, Cooper D ALL4, Cooper S, and Cooper S ALL4.

For the US market, MINI USA is doing everything they can to move up the launch from February to late January however final dates are still being determined. However rest assured each dealer will likely hold launch parties of the car on the weekend of launch. For the US market the models will be paired down to three; Cooper, Cooper S and Cooper S ALL4.

We’ll have more details on the R60 leading up to the launch this fall. Until then you can always read our exclusive initial take on the Countryman from last week’s preview drive in Austria. Still not enough? Head over to the exhaustive MotoringFile R60 section for more.