Mini’s facelifted Countryman has now arrived in Singapore, with revised styling, an updated interior and more efficient engines
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The Mini Countryman has undergone a facelift, and the revised version of Mini’s crossover is now available in Singapore, featuring updated styling, a revamped interior and more efficient engines as among the highlights.
The Countryman is available in both Cooper and Cooper S guises, with prices starting at S$161,888 inclusive of COE for the former, and S$180,888 for the latter. A much-hotter John Cooper Works variant is planned, but will probably arrive much later in 2021.
Visually, the new Countryman can be distinguished from the pre-facelift version through a radiator grille that now sits more upright, and is flanked by new LED headlights that are now standard.
At the back, the taillights feature the Union Jack design that has graced the other Mini models. There are also new alloy wheel designs, black exterior trimming, and two new body colours: White Silver and Sage Green.
The Countryman’s interior has been thoroughly updated as well. It now features the digital instrument display that’s taken from the Mini Electric EV, while the central instrument panel is now an all-digital touchscreen affair, and finished in gloss black. Sat-nav is also now standard across the range.
There’s also greater scope for customisation, with new leather upholstery options available, as well as a fancy illuminated silver dashboard trim that is standard on the Cooper S, and can be specified as an option for the Cooper.
Mini has also worked to tweaked the Countryman’s powertrains, with a view to enhancing their efficiency. The main change is the integrated exhaust manifold in the cylinder head, and the addition of new particulate filters to reduce the car’s overall emissions. In the Singapore context, this means that the Countryman now drops to the VES B neutral band, instead of being in the C1 $10,000 surcharge band.
In return however, the Cooper S Countryman’s engine now offers a reduced output, with its 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol developing 178hp instead of 190hp as before. The Cooper Countryman’s performance remains unchanged, with its 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol producing 136hp.
The Countryman has become one of Mini’s key models since its introduction in 2010, and now makes up 30 percent of Mini’s sales volume globally. In Singapore, Mini says that the customer base for the Countryman has been growing rapidly, and adds that Countryman customers are typically small families that appreciate the car’s extra space and practicality and yet still retains the typical Mini’s style and character.