The maxiest Mini is coming in the next few months in the form of the long anticipated Countryman crossover, and BMW has dropped a pile of fresh photos of largely de-swirlied prototypes along with details on the powertrains and trim levels. In Europe, at least, the Countryman will be offered with five engine options, including two diesels.
The trim levels start off with the Mini One and One D, Cooper D and Cooper S. All of those get the latest updated MINI 1.6-liter four-pots with all three gas engines now equipped with BMW's Valvetronic full variable valve control. The top 181 horsepower Cooper S now has the same direct injection system previously used on the John Cooper Works models, but for now there is no full JCW Countryman being offered. American buyers will likely only have access to the gas powered Cooper and Cooper S.
Every Countryman gets a six-speed transmission in either manual or automatic form, and the Countryman is also the first Mini to be offered with all-wheel drive. The system, dubbed ALL4, uses an electromagnetically controlled center differential to distribute up to 100 percent of the drive torque to whichever axle has more grip. The Countryman is also the first Mini to have true four passenger seating and even has an option for a three passenger rear bench seat. The full release is available after the jump.
MINI Countryman Preview ENG