New MINI Countryman Offers First 1.6L Combination of Twin-Scroll Turbo, Direct Injection and Variable Valve Management
|The MINI Cooper S Countryman. Click to enlarge.|
The new MINI Countryman—the fourth model in the family—is a crossover between the MINI and a Sports Activity Vehicle. The first model in the MINI range with four doors and a wide-opening rear lid, the MINI Countryman is entering the market with a choice of three gasoline and two diesel engines, all coming in the new generation of power units.
The power range extends from 66 kW/90 hp in the MINI One D Countryman all the way to 135 kW/184 hp in the MINI Cooper S Countryman. All engines fulfil the EU5 emission standard in Europe and the ULEV II standard in the US. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine in the top model comes for the first time not only with a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct fuel injection, but also with fully variable valve management offering a balance of engine power and fuel consumption.
All gasoline engines featured in the MINI Countryman come with fully variable valve management. Valve management adjusts the stroke and opening period of the intake valves within fractions of a second to the respective level of power required, with the camshaft acting on the valves through an additional intermediate lever, and not directly through the follower arm. The rotating point of this additional lever is adjusted infinitely by an eccentric shaft controlled by an electric motor.
|Engine Options in the MINI Countryman|
|MINI Cooper S Countryman||MINI Cooper Countryman||MINI One Countryman||MINI Cooper D Countryman||MINI One D Countryman|
|Engine||Four-cylinder gasoline engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct fuel injection and fully variable valve management based on VALVETRONIC||Four-cylinder gasoline engine with fully variable valve management based on VALVETRONIC||Four-cylinder gasoline engine with fully variable valve management based on VALVETRONIC||Four-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common-rail fuel injection and variable turbine geometry||Four-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common-rail fuel injection and variable turbine geometry|
|Displacement||1,598 cc||1,598 cc||1,598 cc||1,598 cc||1,598 cc|
|Max output||135 kW/184 hp
@ 5,500 rpm
|90 kW/122 hp
@ 6,000 rpm
|72 kW/98 hp
@ 6,000 rpm
|82 kW/112 hp
@ 4,000 rpm
|66 kW/90 hp|
@ 4,000 rpm
|Max torque||240 N·m/177 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm
(260 N·m/192 lb-ft with overboost)
|160 N·m/118 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm||153 N·m/113 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm||270 N·m/199 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm||215 N·m/158 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm|
|Average fuel consumption||6.3 L/100km
(37.3 mpg US)
(38.6 mpg US)
(40 mpg US)
(53.5 mpg US)
(54.7 mpg US)
|CO2 rating||146 g/km||142 g/km||137 g/km||116 g/km||113 g/km|
|Acceleration (1-100 km/h)||7.6 s||10.5 s||12.7 s||10.9 s||13.2 s|
As a highlight of the MINIMALISM fuel efficiency concept, the MINI Countryman comes as standard and in appropriate combinations on each model with a range of features serving to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, among them Brake Energy Regeneration, Auto Start Stop, a gearshift point indicator, and on-demand management of the engine’s ancillary units. And as an alternative to the six-speed manual gearbox featured as standard, the gasoline engine models are also available with six-speed automatic with Steptronic.
As an option the MINI Cooper S Countryman and MINI Cooper D Countryman are available with permanent MINI ALL4 all-wheel drive, an electrohydraulic differential positioned directly on the final drive varying the distribution from front to rear in an infinite process. Under normal driving conditions up to 50% of the engine’s power goes to the rear wheels, under extreme conditions up to 100%. The MINI Countryman furthermore comes as standard with DSC Dynamic Stability Control, DTC Dynamic Traction Control coming either as an option or as a standard feature on the MINI Cooper S Countryman and the MINI Cooper D Countryman with ALL4, as well as an electronic limited-slip function for the front axle differential.