Mini Adds All-Wheel Drive to Cooper Countryman, Paceman

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Mini is expanding the availability of its All4 all-wheel drive system to its non-turbocharged crossover models in Europe. That means that four-wheel-drive traction will no longer be limited to top-spec Countryman and Paceman models, a benefit to budget-minded buyers looking for an all-weather Mini.

The additional all-wheel-drive models bring Mini's count of All4-equipped cars overseas to six: there are now Cooper All4, Cooper S All4, and John Cooper Works (JCW) versions of both the Countryman and the Paceman. With the additional models, buyers can now opt for the base 121-hp 1.6-liter I-4 engine instead of being forced into one of the turbocharged 1.6-liter models (which come in 181-hp S and 208-hp JCW flavors). Mini will continue to offer both six-speed manual (standard) and automatic (optional) transmissions for the newly all-wheel-drive Cooper Countryman and Cooper Paceman.

On the Cooper S crossovers, the All4 system adds between 140 and 155 lbs, which only impacts performance slightly. 0-62 mph times and top speeds change as follows for the new cars:

Cooper Paceman (MT/AT) Cooper Paceman All4 (MT/AT) Cooper Countryman (MT/AT) Cooper Countryman All4 (MT/AT)
0-62 mph (sec.) 11.5/10.6 11.6/11.8 10.7/11.6 11.7/11.9
Top Speed 117/114 mph 115/114 mph 116/113 mph 114/113 mph
Mini's All4 all-wheel-drive system uses an electromagnetic center differential that works in tandem with the dynamic stability control to transfer power between front and rear axles. All4 will keep the car in front-wheel drive until it senses slip or extra thrust is needed for acceleration.

Unfortunately, Mini reps tell us all-wheel drive will only be offered in the U.S. on turbocharged Paceman and Countryman Cooper S models. Despite the fact that we won't get the All4-equipped Cooper Countryman and Paceman, U.S-spec Countryman models will receive a revised rear tailgate. Inspired by the Paceman, the new hatch wears a large horizontal "Countryman" emblem with a smaller variant badge (Cooper/Cooper S/John Cooper Works) placed in the upper-right corner, just below the rear window.

Would you want to see Mini expand its all-wheel-drive offerings here in the States to its non-turbocharged models? Let us know in the comments section below.

Source: Mini

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