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Sunday 4 December 2016
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LA: 2017 MINI Countryman Is Anything But Mini

LA: 2017 MINI Countryman Is Anything But Mini

We’re finally getting to see just what the biggest Mini ever looks like in the flesh.

The newest Mini Countryman made its debut Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The automaker also rolled out its first plug-in model, too.

It’s unmistakably a Mini with those frog eye peepers and bulldog stance. The headlights are even highlighted with a design outlining the circle of the headlights in a ring of light.

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But that’s where the similarities to the classic Mini Cooper start to drop off. The second-generation model looks like a cool older brother of the Mini. One who also happens to be the best loved burly quarterback on the all star team.

Inside is anything but Mini. Behind the rear seats cargo room measures 17.6 cubic-feet. Fold the 40/20/40 rear split seats down for an added 30 cubic feet. The extra space comes from growing 8.1-inches in overall length and getting 1.3-inches wider.

The LA show reveals three different engine choices. The one that Mini just can’t stop raving about, and with good reason, plugs the Mini in for the first time ever. Mini proudly says “That epic go kart feeling in a new truly electrified form.”

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The electric model comes with a 3-cylinder gas engine working with an electric motor for a total of 221-horsepower. Yes. Go kart all wheel drive remains. The S E (for electric) model includes the ALL4 drive system. It only offers six-speed automatic transmission.

No worries if you’re not quite ready to join the electric band wagon. Two other gas engines are available. The base Cooper Countryman carries a three-cylinder TwinPower turbocharged. It gives 134-horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers are just shy of the outgoing S models rating.

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As for the new S, it t carries a four-cylinder TwinPower Turbocharged engine. It boosts output to 189-horses with 207 lb-ft of torque. Both the base and S models offer ALL4 drive.

Transmission choices range from the six-speed automatic and manual on the base model to get eight-speed sport automatic on the ALL4 and S models.

Look for these models to roll off the LA red carpet and into showrooms by March. The electric model will hit the road in June.

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