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MINI Cooper SCountrymanSport: ‘Built for theadventurer’

M INI Malaysia last Thursday surprised guests after launching theMINI Countryman Plug- In Hybrid, when it unveiled the Cooper S Countryman Sports too. The former car was what the event’s mostly-media guests were expecting, but MINI Malaysia wanted to do things differently, as it usually does. Anyway, the Cooper S Countryman Sports, which achieved a five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash test, is the newest MINI to be locally assembled in the country. Malaysia is also the first market in the world outside the Netherlands to locally-assemble this Countryman. The Cooper S Countryman Sports is equippedwith the exclusive John Cooper Works (JCW) Package, with its exterior featuring an all-newdesign. The package includes theMINI JCWaerodynamic kit, which consists of a front apronwith

built-in air ducts for cooling the brakes, a rear bumper with a diffuser design andMINI JCWdoor sill finishers. There is also sports

available for Chilli Red and British Racing Green. The retail price is RM245,888 (on the road for personal registration, with GST , without insurance) and you’ll also get four years’ unlimitedmileage warranty with free scheduled service. It is covered byMINI Malaysia’s five-year Roadside Assistance programme, available for all newMINI vehicles with a comprehensive list of services that include a 24-Hour, 365-days-a-year accident and help on the phone and on-the-spot hotline, free towing services andwhen needed (over 200km from residential home), replacement vehicle, seamless mobility, accommodation, mobility services solutions as well as repatriation services. This Countryman is also available with theMINI Full

sports automatic transmissionwith paddle shifters. The car is capable of delivering 192hp and 280Nmof torque. 0-100km/h dash is 7.4 seconds and top speed of 224km/h, while “only consuming an average of 6.5 litres per 100kmof fuel,” boasts MINI. The newMINI comes in British

suspension, 19-inchMINI JCW “Course Spoke” with run flat tyres, Park Distance Control in the front and rear

and the robot-like Park Assist which helps the driver during parallel manoeuvres. On the inside, there is anthracite headliner, which details are also seen on the sun visors, the inner lighting housing, rear roof grab handles and the A, B and C pillars. There’s also cross punch

Racing Green, Thunder Grey, Light White and Chili Red. The black roof is available for Chilli Red, British Racing Green, Thunder Grey and Light White; while the white roof is

Circle Programme, by the way. With 80%margin of financing, ownership

of the new locally assembledMINI

leather in carbon black as well as aMINI JCW steering wheel. For infotainment, communication and driving experience, the Cooper S Countryman Sports offers, for the first time ever, an 8.8-inch touch screen display with navigation. It features a split screen function allowing twomap views to be displayed at the same time. This can be operated via the touchscreen technology or alternatively via theMINI touch controller on the centre console. Meanwhile, theMINI head-up display keeps the driver fully in the picture, ensuring that not just the road ahead but all key vehicle information remains visible at all times. Entertainment is by Harman Kardon, which has a 360-watt output and 12 speakers. Under the bonnet is a two-litre, four-cylinder MINI TwinPower Turbo engine partneredwith an eight-speed

Countryman starts fromRM2,998 per month. Other than at all authorised MINI dealerships nationwide, this hot MINI is

also available at the “Volts & Vibes” roadshow which starts today andwill last till June 24. Go to www.mini.my for

information on the roadshow.

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