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by David Zalstein

The Mini Countryman has been updated with fresh interior changes and a revised colour palette to close out 2012 and move into 2013.

The tweaked Mini Countryman will reach Australian Mini showrooms in February/March next year, after beginning production this month.

The interior updates include newly designed rings around the compact SUV’s classic central speedo and air vents, now in Carbon Black, joined by an inner ring finished in either high-gloss black or chrome, depending on the options selected.

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New door inserts and remodelled door armrests team up with repositioned door-mounted controls for the electric windows and as part of a full driver’s-side control panel that also includes switches for locking the rear windows and adjusting the exterior mirrors.

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The updated Mini Countryman also sees a three-seat rear bench come as standard, with the option of having two individual seats available at no-cost.

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The selection of exterior paint finishes has also been expanded by two, with Brilliant Copper metallic and Blazing Red metallic added to the Mini’s list.

The Countryman’s existing range of engines will continue with a 90kW/160Nm naturally aspirated 1.6-litre petrol, 82kW/270Nm 1.6-litre diesel, 105kW/305Nm 2.0-litre diesel and 135kW/240Nm 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol.

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A 160kW/280Nm 1.6-litre turbo petrol will also be available in the Mini John Cooper Works Countryman when it arrives in time to join the updated line-up early next year.

It will prove to be a busy time for the BMW-owned British marque, with the expected arrival of the two-door Countryman, the Mini Paceman, and the Mini John Cooper Works GP set to coincide with the model expansion.




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