Mini’s released full details of its new Countryman John Cooper Works – a high-performance SUV with 231hp and four-wheel drive
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- Sporty Mini Countryman John Cooper Works revealed
- Boasts a 231hp engine, four-wheel drive and sports suspension
- Will sprint from 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds
- Entry-level cars cost from £30,675
Mini’s released full details on the new £30,675 John Cooper Works (JCW) Countryman. This high-riding SUV is fitted with a 231hp 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine that’ll help it reach 62mph from rest in as little as 6.5 seconds.
2017 Mini Countryman JCW styling
Mini’s replaced the standard Countryman’s cluttered front bumper with a simpler, more aggressive affair for the new John Cooper Works model. The two round foglights have been dropped and the silver skidplate replaced by a contrasting black moulding.
At the rear, the Countryman’s bold brakelights have been carried over but its bulky black rear bumper now sports a colour-coded finished. The JCW model also features a large black diffuser in place of the standard car’s chunky silver trim.
2017 Mini Countryman JCW interior
Two heavily bolstered seats take pride of place in the Countryman’s cabin while a revised steering wheel, gear lever and grey roof lining help it feel a little more sporty inside than the standard car. This rapid JCW model comes with the same optional rear picnic bench and powered bootlid as the current Countryman and its 450-litre boot is just as roomy.
2017 Mini Countryman JCW engine and driving
The Countryman JCW is offered with only one engine, a 231hp turbo petrol that’ll help it sprint from 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds. Lowered suspension should help it feel a little sharper to drive than the standard car while a four-wheel-drive system – fitted to all models as standard – will maximise grip on slippery surfaces. Regular models come with a six-speed manual gearbox while an optional eight-speed automatic is also available.
2017 Mini Countryman JCW price and release date
The Countryman JCW is priced from £30,675 for a manual gearbox model. Versions fitted with an automatic will set you back at least £32,275 while numerous optional extras could push the price up further.