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ON 18 September this year Sytner Coventry MINI will launch its latest and largest model, and the first to offer four wheel drive, to the UK market.

The MINI Countryman range will be the fourth member of the MINI family following Hatch, Convertible and Clubman.

It means that MINI owners who love the brand no longer need move to another make when they need more space in their car. The MINI Countryman will be available in five models, three of which will offer ALL4, MINI's new four wheel drive option.

"Countryman takes the MINI story to a new level" said Jon Hands, MINI Brand Manager at Sytner Coventry MINI.

"The extra space and ALL4 MINI break new ground in the brand's 51 year heritage.

With Countryman prices starting at pounds 16,000 and a very high standard specification, we're introducing more MINI piquancy into the crossover market this year."

At launch the Countryman range will include three petrol and two diesel models, as well as two ALL4 all wheel drive models - the Cooper D ALL4 and Cooper S ALL4. The petrol engines are the new 1.6 litre power plants already available in the Hatch, Convertible and Clubman models.

The diesel units are shared with the rest of the MINI range.

"The Countryman models still pack in the driving thrills that put a grin on your face the way all MINIs do" continues Jon. "But the Countryman also brings new levels of space and versatility to the range that will attract not only existing MINI owners but also new customers. We expect that the extra space will mean that around 80 per cent of Countryman sales will come from customers completely new to the MINI brand."

Two models in the new Countryman range will offer four wheel drive, for the very first time in MINI's 51 year history.

The MINI Cooper D and Cooper S ALL4 models will be available as models from day one. A MINI Cooper ALL4 version will follow in 2012.

The Countryman has a familiar MINI appearance, albeit distinctly different to any that have gone before. It is 398 mm longer than a MINI Hatch (at 4097mm), 316 mm wider (at 1,789 mm) and 170 mm higher (at 1577mm). Countryman offers 190 litres more luggage capacity than a MINI Hatch with the seats up (a total of 350 litres) and 1,170 litres with the rear seats folded flat.

For the first time ever a MINI has four wide-opening doors, passenger capacity for five adults and a flexible, activity-orientated interior packed with innovations.

All UK models will be built as five seat cars, although customers can specify the four seat option at no extra cost. To find out more about the new MINI Countryman, call Sytner Coventry MINI on 02476 600 700 or visit www.sytnercoventrymini.co.uk
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 28, 2010
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