While final pricing is weeks away for all markets, we do have some insight into what MINI USA will be including in as standard features on the new Countryman. The list is a bit more premium that you might expect. According to MINI USA, every MINI Countryman will come standard with:
– The Panorama Sunroof
– Sensatec Leatherette Upholstery
– Comfort Access keyless entry
– MINI Connected infotainment system with 6.5-inch high-resolution display
– Rear View Camera with guidelines
– Rear Park Distance Control (parking sensors)
– Bluetooth supporting Telephone, Audio Streaming, and Siri Eyes Free
– Automatic Headlights and Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers
– Fore-and-Aft Sliding Rear Seats with Reclining and 40:20:40 Split-Folding Backrests
– 17-inch light alloy wheels (Cooper) or 18-inch light alloy wheels (Cooper S)
In addition to this, models with ALL4 all-wheel drive also come standard with heated seats. Cooper S models (with and without ALL4) come with standard LED headlights and daytime running lights, bolstered sport seats, and 18-inch light alloy wheels.
The Countryman also introduces new optional metallic colors to the range: Chestnut and Island Blue. These will be joined by a selection of classic MINI colors already seen on other models.
Like other F Series MINIs, the new Countryman is a dramatic improvement over the old car in technology. Given this the new Technology package is a huge improvement over what had been offering. A key offering in this area is the Technology Package which will include a new 8.8-inch touchscreen navigation system, driven by MINI Connected 5.0, a redesigned and new-generation user interface and operating system, as well as Qi wireless device charging capability and MINI Find Mate Bluetooth tags. It’s unknown whether Apple’s CarPlay will be supported in this release but it’s worth noting that BMW’s recent move to iDrive 5.0 was a precursor to including CarPlay. So if it’s not included at launch, we should expect MINI to offer it very soon.
What do we expect from pricing? If we had to guess we’d look for the standard Cooper manual Countryman to start around $25k up about $2500 from the current car. Given the increase in size, standard equipment and quality that figure seems inline with both the industry and MINI’s historical pricing structure.