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MINI Countryman specials go wild in rural New Jersey

MINI COUNTRYMAN UNTAMED EDITION. Image: Supplied

WOODCLIFF LAKE, New Jersey – With its versatility, hallmark driving fun and distinctive style, Mini America says the Countryman has developed ”a particularly attractive standing in the premium compact segment”.

The new in the US Untamed Edition available as a Cooper S Countryman, Cooper S Countryman ALL4 and a Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 PHEV will start production in March 2022 with ”a robust appearance”.

BRACE FOR THE COST, SAFFERS..

Of course Countryman versions have been around for decades but the versions on the US are said to have exclusive design and equipment ”to emphasize its character as a stylish all-rounder”. In the US, the Untamed Edition will cost an extra $1500 (about R22 500 (Feb 2022) on top of the Iconic Trim Countryman variants (see below).

ModelIconic TrimMSRPUntamed Edition PriceUntamedEdition MSRP 
Cooper S Countryman$40 400$1500$41 900
Cooper S Countryman ALL4$4 ,400$1500$43 900
Cooper SE Countryman ALL4$45,\ 400$1500$46, 900

*Plus $850 destination and handling. $1 = R15 (Feb 2022)

The Untamed model encourages US drivers to get out there and off-road.

MINI COUNTRYMAN UNTAMED EDITION. Image: Supplied

”The exclusive body finish (see images) Momentum Grey metallic,”Mini US says, ”showcases the compellingly modelled surfaces of the edition while the robust design features of the MINI ALL4 underscore its ‘untamed’ character – as reflected in the edition’s name.

CONTRASTING IMAGE

The new body finish appears on the lower air-intake surround, the air curtain inserts in the front apron and the sills as well as on the reflector inserts and the lower insert in the rear apron.

The background to the MINI brand logo on the bonnet and tailgate is in Momentum Grey metallic.

”The highly expressive finish of the MINI Cooper S Countryman ALL4 in the Untamed Edition,” MINI US says, ”is combined with a contrasting black finish on the roof and exterior mirror caps, roof rails, and headlight housings.

ENHANCED’ APEARANCE

The Piano Black Exterior adds black feature around the radiator grille, head- and tail-lights, door releases, tailpipe trims, model lettering and (where part of the equipmen) – the ALL4 emblems on the front side panels.

MINI COUNTRYMAN UNTAMED EDITION. Image: Supplied

”The car’s appearance is further enhanced,” MINI US says, ”by diagonal blue stripes on the lower doors, lower inlays, and the carrier plates of the side scuttles.”

There are also graphics pattern mimicking mountain landscapes overwritten by UNTAMED which also appears on the rear side windows. The 18” two-tone alloy wheel rims have burnished exclusive to the edition vehicles.

VERY SPECIAL WHEEL RIMS. Image: Supplied

‘ÚNTAMED’ IS EVERYWHERE

The cabins of the Cooper S Countryman ALL4 Untamed have nature-inspired shades of green and blue though Highland Green/blue-contrast stitching appears on the heatable, power-equipped, Yours Leather Lounge sport seats.

‘UNTAMED’ is also on the seats and the lower spoke of the leather steering-wheel while feet grubby from the forest will rest on mats bearing a three-dimensional similar to those on the sills.

INSIDE THE AMERICAN MINI COUNTRYMAN: Lots of features, including satnav.. Image: Supplied

Based on Iconic Trim, there’s also ”cornering” diode head- and fog-lights for the MINI Excitement package.

Navigation Plus – also included – offers networking and digital services, among them smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay, and MINI Online complemented by Harman/Kardon sound.

ABOUT MINI IN THE US…

MINI is an independent brand of BMW Group, operating as a business unit of BMW North America in Woodcliff Lake New Jersey. It includes the marketing and sales organisations for the MINI brand.

MINI USA dealers are at 115 locations – 105 MINI car sales/service dealers and 10 service agents. Sales began in 2002.

READ MORE MINI features on Carmans Corner

MINI COUNTRYMAN UNTAMED EDITION. Image: Supplied
SPECIAL ATTENTION OF THE STEERING-WHEEL, TOO.. Image: Supplied

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