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As these words are typed, the John Cooper Works (JCW) MINI Countryman has yet to be officially unveiled, though in an effort to bring you bang up-to-date, AutoGuide managed to capture these actual pictures (not press images) of it during set up day at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
MINI hasn’t exactly been coy on the vehicle’s specs and at this juncture we know the JCW Countryman will come exclusively with the ALL4 all-wheel drive system, which under normal conditions powers the front tires, but when needed can transfer up to 50 percent of power to the rear ones. Suspension settings are very similar to the Cooper S countryman, though the 1.6-liter turbo four under the hood has been tuned to deliver more power (211 hp) and a similar amount of torque.
As an enthusiast oriented vehicle, the option of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions and a traction control system that can be turned off completely, should make it quite a ball to drive. Special front and rear fascias, along with standard 18 and optional 19-inch wheels are among the cosmetic enhancements.
European sales are slated to begin in the first half of this year, with North American availability sometime after summer. As for pricing, MINI is currently shy on this aspect of the Countryman JCW, though given the Cooper S AWD version starts at $27,750 and JCW models tending to command up to a 30 percent premium over their S trim counterparts for other MINI models, don’t expect a price tag of around $35-$36,000 to be out of the question.
GALLERY: MINI Countryman JCW
MINI‘s JCW Countryman took a bow in Austria, revealing the next generation of high-performance John Cooper Works variants. No specific details have been released on the new JCW Countryman, but rumor has it the 1.6-liter turbocharged powerplant will have at least 215-hp, while the suspension has been tuned with stiffer spring rates and lower the vehicle 0.40-inch.
Larger sway bars in the front and the rear, along with a brake upgrade will also outfit the JCW Countryman. The prototype (pictured above) doesn’t completely reveal the finished product, but it’s clear that JCW’s variant of the Countryman gets some major styling upgrades including a new grille, front bumper, wide wheel arches, rear bumper with diffuser with integrated dual exhausts.
MINI has announced it will hold a press conference at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January and so the world premiere of this model is a possibility.
GALLERY: MINI JCW Countryman