First MINI Countryman Rolls Off Production Line

The German car brand recently released a video showing the very first MINI Countryman rolling off production lines and getting ready to be delivered to its owner. Due to launch in September in Europe and early 2011 in the U.S., the MINI crossover was produced in Graz, Austria on August 2, 2010.

The Countryman is a four door model with a large tailgate as well as a variable interior offering space for up to four occupants. Various options include interior colors, trim strips and upholstery, high-end audio and navigation systems, extra-large Panorama roof, Adaptive Headlights, light-alloy wheels ranging in size from 16 to 19 inches and many more.

All variants of the Countryman are fitted with permanent MINI ALL4 all-wheel drive, an electrohydraulic differential positioned directly on the final drive varying the distribution from front to rear in "an infinite process".

The crossover comes with a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines. The petrol engines range from the 72 kW/98 hp MINI One Countryman through the 90 kW/122 hp MINI Cooper Countryman all the way to the 135 kW/184 hp MINI Cooper S Countryman. The two diesel models are the 82 kW/122 hp MINI Cooper D Countryman and the 66 kW/90 hp MINI One D Countryman.

ALL4 all-wheel drive is available in both the MINI Cooper S Countryman and the MINI Cooper D Countryman. According to MINI, all models naturally comply with the EU5 emission standard in Europe and ULEV II in the USA thanks to the use of the MINIMALISM fuel efficiency concept, comprising Brake Energy Regeneration, Auto Start Stop, a gearshift point indicator, and on-demand management of the engine’s ancillary units.

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