The All-new 2017 Mini Countryman in the 2016 LA Auto Show.
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The 2017 Mini Countryman is expected to do very well in the US market compared to Europe. Six years ago, Mini introduced the concept of having a bigger car, which as expected some did not like as much. Mini is known the entire Europe for being small, fit for the smaller alleys and roads of Europe. The bigger Countryman is not as well received there, however, the US market tells an entirely different story.
The U.S. has a vast countryside and relatively bigger road networks compared to that of Europe. The bigger 2017 Mini Countryman is definitely fit for the American roads as it is dominated by larger pickup trucks and SUVs. Mini's decision to venture into SUV may not go in vain in America.
According to Car and Driver, the SUV is impressively bigger as it comes with a wheelbase 2.9-inches bigger compared to the Countryman released years back. There is also additional 8.5-inches in total length and 1.3-inches in width. This makes the 2017 Mini Countryman as the king of all of Mini lineup.
The Countryman is based on the same front-wheel-drive platforms being supported by the BMW X1. Though the most recent update, it doesn't have drastic changes compared to the outgoing model. It just has an additional angularity, longer windows, and an additional conventional liftgate.
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The 2017 Mini Countryman also has interesting interior because of its rectangular central TFT screen which is positioned in the round central element. This can be ordered as touchscreen. It also offers Country Timer which monitors the duration and intensity of driving when faced with slippery, tilted, and unpaved road conditions.
Standard equipment for the latest Countryman includes oversized sunroof, keyless entry, backup camera, rear parking sensors, and much more. These may also be found on other SUVs, but Mini offers the uniqueness that makes it incomparable.
As added by Auto Car UK, the cabin also has been raised to another level of sophistication. The cabin ambiance is impressive in different aspects. There is also enough room in both rows of seats for adults. It also has plenty of headroom for taller passengers.
The 2017 Mini Countryman is a definite improvement compared to the outgoing model. It has managed to remain loyal to its original design with updates not too overwhelming. It is most suited for families, which is a departure from the original concept of Mini for being a small car. It is a good option for those who want to be different in terms of luxury and style.