After its world premiere at the Geneva Auto Show just a few weeks back, MINI will show its Countryman crossover for the first time on U.S. soil at the New York Auto Show on April 1st. The very first crossover from the brand, MINI expects this four-seater to be the most fuel efficient crossover in the U.S.
Looking still very much like a MINI, the British brand promises the sort of handling you’d expect from a MINI, but with added functionality. The Countryman will also be the first MINI to come with an optional all-wheel drive system – called ALL4. Four seats are standard, but a three-seat bench will be offered at no charge. But knowing MINI, the rear will probably be close-quarters for even just two. MINI says the Countryman has a storage capacity of 12.2 to 41.0 cubic feet.
A MINI Cooper Countryman model will be the standard choice, while a top-level MINI Cooper S Countryman option will have a 1.6L turbocharged engine with direct fuel injection and fully variable valve arrangement, claiming 184-hp.
We’ll be sure to bring you more on this exciting crossover (the only compact crossover to offer AWD and a manual transmission) with live coverage of the NY Auto Show starting March 31st.