• Jun 23, 2010
Mini Countryman Aero Kit – Click above for image gallery

As is traditionally the case for BMW's revived Mini range, the new Countryman crossover will be offered with an optional Aero Kit that makes the 'ute look much more aggressive and might even do a wee bit for aerodynamic performance. Since the Countryman is such a large departure from the previous Cooper and Clubman, though, nobody was really sure what the new CUV's Aero Kit might look like.

That little issue has now been resolved, courtesy of the followers-of-all-things-Mini at MotoringFile. Interestingly, the Countryman's front fascia, which is one area previous Aero Kits have focused, sees very little change. A larger front air dam is in place, as are new side mirrors and rear apron.

We do note that the large flat black fender flares and seemingly one-size-too-small wheels look out of place on a Mini, though such concessions may be necessary considering the car's expected (though largely unnecessary) soft-roading capabilities. See for yourself in our image gallery below.



[Source: MotoringFile]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Alright...so they make the mini taller for more offroadines, and then they add on an aerodynamic kit?? I think they're losing the plot with the Mini!
        • 4 Years Ago
        If they need to expand, they should be the brand that brings go-kart handling to other car classes. Mod-retro British good looks. And premium quality in small cars.

        They can own those ideas and grow a high-profit business with meaningful differentiation, but I agree they're losing the plot with this one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well Lotus hasn't lost it quite yet, but if it is true that they're going after Porsche etc then they certainly will have.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mini taking advice from Honda? Who knew!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Once again BMW jacks up a car for offroad driving, only to offer a 'sport' version. Jack it up, lower it. Why? (And yes I know this aero kit may not literally lower the car, but you get the idea. BMW X6M all over again.)
      • 4 Years Ago
      ...you don't like the headlights on the Mini, but the Juke looks alright to you? I think it's time for you to take your medication.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess im the only one who wants one? Seems good to me, I want awd, four door, and manual, and I really like having this car as an option.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ....What's the point of this?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It helps it look better, but I can't see this thing taking off in the sales department without some heavy rebates or lease incentives. I want to see one in person to have a fair opinion of it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ewwwww faaa.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Someone please kill this automotive abomination until it dies.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's see if I understand this:

      1) Take a MINI, but make it a lot bigger and taller so it isn't mini anymore.

      2) Jack it up and add AWD so that you can pretend that it has some offroad ability.

      3) Then add an aero-kit that removes those offroad pretenses.

      The point of this is what, exactly?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ditto. Pick a purpose and stick with it. What's next? A lift kit for the Cooper S?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am one of those "heresy thinkers". Being a purist and following economic trends doesn't go together quite well...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Jared - seriously. why not just give it a more potent engine, awd, and go after the r32/golf r sorta demographic. hell bmw might learn a thing or two about building cars that are as fun to drive in their awd iterations as they are in their fwd/rwd native forms. mmm 200+hp awd mini. fun!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Haha It's trying to be that kid in high school that was friends with jocks but also hung out with the nerds and so forth. He didn't quite subscribe to any single clique rather tried to relate to them all... Mini's ad campaign should be "The Countryman... Everybody's best friend."
      • 4 Years Ago
      Call it the Moke.
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