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|
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.
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