The BMW’s Chennai Plant is going to be the workshop for manufacturing of the Mini’s new 2018 Countryman, whose local productions have reported to have begun.
India launch of the Countryman has taken place a few days ago. The UKL platform based BMW X1 is similar to the Countryman. Two petrol variants and a diesel variant is offered to the customers. The petrol variant includes the S and JCW variants and the diesel one includes the SD variant. The Countryman has come back with a variety of changes and updates. The dimensions have increased by 200 mm and 300 mm in length and width respectively. The wheelbase have also been longer by 75 mm. A 2.0 litre, four-cylinder, TwinPower turbo engine powers the petrol variant and produces 190 bhp and 280 Nm of torque. On the other hand the diesel powered version runs on the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine, producing 180 bhp and 400 Nm of torque. Both the engine comes along with a 8 speed automatic transmission system. The four-wheel-drive or ALL 4 version of the automobile isn’t going to be available in India anytime soon, so we have the FWD (front wheel drive) option only.
LED Headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRL), Fog Lamps, Revamped Bumpers, signature Chrome Grille, LED Tail Lights and Dual-Exhaust Pipes are some the new updated features in the exterior of the Mini Countryman. A 8.8-inch state-of-the-art iDrive Infotainment System, Multifunction Steering Wheel, Sports Seats at the front and a Two-Zone Automatic air-Conditioning makes the interior of the automobile more comfortable and convenient for the rider. A rear view camera, a sporty steering wheel, a Harman Kardon system, a head-up display, wireless charging and stainless-steel pedal covers just gives the car another dimension.
Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1 and the Audi Q3 are the potential rivals for the Countryman which is expected to be priced at Rs. 34.90 lakhs (ex showroom Delhi).
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