MINI Extending ALL4 to Cooper Countryman and Paceman Models in Europe

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[UPDATE: We’ve received official confirmation from MINI USA that the Cooper ALL4 version of the Paceman and Countryman will not be coming to the US Market at present.]

Previously, MINI’s exceptional all-wheel-drive system, ALL4, has only been available as an option on the Cooper S, and (where available) diesel versions of the Countryman and Paceman. It comes standard on the JCW version of both cars. That’s changing, however. Starting in July, the Cooper versions of both the Countryman and the Paceman will also be available with optional ALL4, extending this popular option to a new place in the model range. On the one hand, this provides a more affordable, more fuel-efficient AWD option in the MINI lineup — maximizing traction for people who feel the need for extra grip.

On the other, the added weight of the system will make two already slow cars that much slower. According to MINI, the Cooper Countryman ALL4 (with manual transmission) does 0-62 in a leisurely 11.9 seconds. That’s 2.1 seconds slower than FWD version’s 0-60 time. Fuel consumption, on the other hand is only down 1 mpg on the highway, according to MINI, on manual transmission-equipped Countryman. No word yet on US availability Sadly, we won’t be getting the Cooper ALL4 models here in the US anytime soon (press release was for UK market), and no word yet on pricing.

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In the end, we think it’s a great option for people who live in places like the snow belt where traction can be at a premium. If the system is going to be available in the first place, then why not make it available across the lineup? We expect the next generation MINI, the F56, to support AWD in some form or another as well. What about you? Would you opt for ALL4 without the extra horsepower of the Cooper S, Diesel, or JCW? Let us know in the comments.

Official Release: The spontaneous power delivery and precise handling of the MINI all-wheel drive system ALL4 is now avaible in two more models: ALL4 will be available for the MINI Cooper Countryman and the MINI Cooper Paceman from July 2013. This increases the number of all-wheel versions within the MINI model range to ten models. The new models are also fitted with 6-speed manual transmission as standard, with 6-speed automatic transmission available as an option.

With the enhanced traction, driving stability and ability the permanent all-wheel drive system helps the driver stay in control while driving on snow, sand or slippery surfaces, as well offering extra grip on twisty roads. ALL4 is based on an electromagnetic centre differential and distributes drive force at continuously variable levels between the front and rear axle. Its electronic control system is integrated directly in the DSC control unit (Dynamic Stability Control), enabling it to direct drive torque quickly and precisely to where it can be most effectively transformed into propulsion.

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In the new models MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 and MINI Cooper Paceman ALL4, the all-wheel drive system distributes the power of a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine with an output of 90 kW/122 bhp between the front and rear wheels. Spontaneous forward thrust is guaranteed by the engine’s maximum torque of 160 Newton metres (190 Nm with automatic transmission), at an engine speed of 4,250 rpm.

As a result, the MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 11.9 seconds (automatic: 11.7 seconds). The top speed is 184 km/h (182 km/h). Due to the high level of efficiency of both engine and drivetrain as well as extensive MINIMALISM technology, the boost in driving fun goes hand in hand with low levels of fuel consumption and emissions. The MINI Countryman ALL4 has an average fuel consumption of 6.9 litres per 100 kilometres (automatic: 7.5 litres) on the EU test cycle and CO2 emissions of 167 (175) grams per kilometre.

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The relation between driving fun and fuel consumption is equally impressive in the MINI Cooper Paceman ALL4. This model takes 11.8 seconds (automatic: 11.6 seconds) to accelerate from standing to 100 km/h and attains a top speed of 185 (183) km/h. Its fuel consumption and CO2 emission levels on the EU test cycle are the same as those of the MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4.

With this extension of the model range there will be four versions of each of the MINI Countryman and MINI Paceman with optional ALL4 in future. The previously available portfolio comprises the models MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 and MINI Cooper S Paceman ALL4 (135 kW/184 bhp), the MINI Cooper SD Countryman ALL4 and the MINI Cooper SD Paceman ALL4 (105 kW/143 bhp), along with the MINI Cooper D Countryman ALL4 and the MINI Cooper D Paceman ALL4 (82 kW/112 bhp). The top sports models MINI John Cooper Works Countryman and MINI John Cooper Works Paceman transmit their outstanding engine output of 160 kW/218 bhp to all wheels as standard.

MINI has conquered new terrain since the market launch of the MINI Countryman and has welcomed a new group of customers into the MINI family.

Source: MINI

  • Blainestang

    http://wot.motortrend.com/top-10-slowest-0-60-mph-vehicles-motor-trend-tested-in-2012-307101.html/0/#axzz2VDDj2Lq1

    The Cooper All4 would be #3 on Motor Trend’s list of slowest vehicles for 2012, only faster than a VW that isn’t even for sale in the US (surprise) and an F-650 dump truck.

    • MF’rJones

      Slowness coupled with all wheel drive equals super safe vehicle…..

      • birddog2

        And BORING.

    • G

      The Cooper ALL4 wasn’t meant for US markets – over there cars are cheap (as well as fast) and you have the Cooper S ALL4 and JCW to fill the range.

  • veggivet

    A Justa All 4 would be the perfect car for getting me through the Berkshire winters. I have other MINIs for performance driving in nicer weather.

  • MINIdrvrNJ

    BOO! some people don’t want/need fast, but do want AWD.

  • G

    What isn’t mentioned in this article is that the automatic ALL4 uses a detuned version of the turbo 1.6L (N18B16A) used in the S. That explains its relatively high peak torque (190Nm vs. 160Nm for the naturally-aspirated version).

    • G

      After having owned my Cooper ALL4 automatic for a couple of months now, I’m beginning to wonder if it is even detuned compared to the S – MINI may have purposely underrated it so as not to cannibalize sales of the S ALL4. I’d really like to drive an S ALL 4 automatic to compare.

      • http://bridger.us/ Gabriel Bridger

        It lacks the turbo of the S.

      • http://bridger.us/ Gabriel Bridger

        It lacks the turbo of the S.

        • G

          Actually the automatic-equipped Cooper ALL4 does have the turbo of the S (same N18B16A designation), though it may be detuned. MINI doesn’t publicize this fact in their official literature, however I can confirm it as I own one. See also http://www.totalmini.com/forum/39-mini-countryman/5530-cooper-all4-petrol-automatic-not-s-n18b16a-yes-turbo.html

        • http://bridger.us/ Gabriel Bridger

          The Cooper Countryman has a naturally aspirated four cylinder with no turbo. It’s been this way since the launch in 2011 and is the same engine all Rxx models have used since 2006.

        • Gerald

          Yes, you are correct regarding the FWD Cooper. However, the Cooper ALL4 with automatic transmission that was introduced in certain markets in the second half of 2013 does in fact have the turbo – I’ve been driving one for the last 3 months.

          That said, the Cooper ALL4 with manual transmission most likely does not have the turbo, based on the specs (I am unable to confirm this personally as only automatics are sold in my market).

          You can verify this with your contacts at MINI. While you’re at it, could you ask them where this model is actually sold? Aside from China, I believe a gentleman in Finland was also looking at one.

        • http://bridger.us/ Gabriel Bridger

          MINI does not have a R60 Cooper with a turbo anywhere worldwide.

        • G

          I had a look at my vehicle registration as well as the printout from Magna Steyr that came with my car – they both refer to this model as XD71.

          Googling for “XD71” turned up a few hits, including one from Mini Austria’s website and another from automot.it:

          http://www.mini.at/_downloads/pdf/MINI_Countryman_Preisliste.pdf http://www.automoto.it/upload/datiAggiuntivi/40/233/listino_mini_countryman_04.11.2013.pdf

          So we can see that XD71 is indeed the model code for Cooper ALL4 automatic whereas the Cooper ALL4 w/ manual transmission is known as ZB51.

          This still doesn’t “prove” my point about the presence of the turbo for the Cooper ALL4 automatic. However, with some more digging we find hits on RealOEM.com such as the following:

          http://www.realoem.com/bmw/partxref.do?part=36109804375&showus=&showeur=on&details=1

          R60 Cooper X Countryman, N16, Europe (ZB51) : MINI LA wheel Turbo Fan 126 R60 Cooper X Countryman, N18, Europe (XD71) : MINI LA wheel Turbo Fan 126

          Note for the XD71 the reference to N18 which is the turbo engine, and also N16 (non-turbo) for the ZB51 which confirms my previous suspicions.

          Also interesting is the “X” model designation which appears to be the internal designation for ALL4 (perhaps this naming convention originated with BMW’s X-Drive).

          So if we start a search on RealOEM.com (http://www.realoem.com/bmw/select.do) using “MINI Countryman R60” as the Series, “Cooper X” as the model, and choosing any available production month (ie- http://www.realoem.com/bmw/select.do?kind=P&series=R60&body=CM&model=Cooper+X&zone=ECE&prod=20131000&arch=0) you will see both the N16 and N18 listed as available engines. If you click on N18 and then select left hand drive steering you will see the following:

          You Have Selected: 10/2013 R60 Cooper X Countryman N18 Europe Left hand drive Production Code: XD71

          You will then be able to browse the parts for this model including the engine (http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts.do?model=XD71&mospid=55835&btnr=11_4531&hg=11&fg=05):

          No. Description Supplement Qty From Up To Part Number Price Notes Photo 01 Short Engine N18B16A 111002348328 01 Rmfd short engine N18B16A 111002348342

          Have I convinced you now?

        • http://bridger.us/ Gabriel Bridger

          All up have to do is open your hood to see it doesn’t have a turbo.

        • G

          I have looked under the hood on many occasions and i can assure you that it does have the turbo.

          Here’s another reference: http://www.bmwarchive.org/e-code/r60.html

          Production Code Model Chassis Engine Power Drivetrain Steering Region XD71 COOPER ALLSports Activity Vehicle N18 90kW All Wheel-Drive left Europe

          Since you obviously have contacts at BMW/MINI, it should be easy for you to confirm whether or not the Countryman Cooper ALL4 with automatic transmission (production code XD71) uses the N18B16A turbo engine.