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The Mini Countryman is a crossover SUV car, and is the first such car to be launched under the Mini marque by BMW. The car was announced in January 2010, and formally launched at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show as the first Mini crossover SUV, and the first 5-door model. It is offered with a choice of two or four wheel drive (known as ALL4), and with 1.6 L petrol or diesel four-cylinder engines in various states of tune. Sales started in September 2010 as a 2011 model-year vehicle.
The Countryman has a longer wheelbase, more interior room, and higher ground clearance than the Clubman. It uses of the same engines as the Mini Hatch/Clubman range, but with an optional all-wheel-drive powertrain (dubbed "ALL4") to allow minimal off-road and rugged terrain driving. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard on all models, with automatic transmission available on petrol models.
ALL4 sends 100 percent of drive torque to the front wheels until it detects slip, whereupon the electronically controlled center couple sends torque rearward. It's not a high-speed system, though, and it shuts down at freeway speeds (140 km/h, or 87 mph).
Along with the new model comes an enhanced engine for the top Cooper S model, making 184 hp (versus 172 today) with a dual-scroll turbo, direct injection and variable valve timing to ensure that the performance enhancement does not cut into fuel economy. The combined rating in the European driving cycle for the Cooper S (the only model we drove) is the equivalent of 38.5 mpg, or a 9 percent improvement on the previous engine.