New Mini Countryman S Touches Down With 241-HP And $38,900 Price Tag

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Interestingly, the US-spec Countryman S receives more power and torque than models sold elsewhere.

It's been over two months since the new Mini Countryman broke cover with an available electric drivetrain. The high-performance JCW followed shortly after, and now it's the turn of the warmed-up Countryman S, which arrives with significantly better performance, standard all-wheel drive, and more power than before.

Like the outgoing model, the latest Countryman S employs a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It produces 241 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, the latter of which matches the brawnier JCW model. For reference, the predecessor had just 189 hp and 206 lb-ft on tap.

The Countryman S benefits from a new 48-volt mild-hybrid system that improves performance and efficiency. While US-spec models have a hearty 241 hp living under the hood, models sold in other regions make do with just 215 hp and 266 lb-ft.

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Whereas the old Countryman S was available with front- or all-wheel drive, the latest model sends its power to all four wheels as standard.

The latest Countryman is the biggest Mini ever, but the BMW-owned brand has tried its best to retain the go-kart-like feeling. There's a McPherson strut front axle and a multi-like rear axle, which makes the vehicle feel its cornering on rails. Buyers can optionally select for an adaptive chassis with frequency-selective dampers and suspension that is 0.6-inches lower.

Despite the bulkier dimensions, the Countryman S slips through the air cleanly, with a drag coefficient of 0.26 - a record in the segment, according to the manufacturer. This also contributes to increased gas mileage. One of the accompanying images show the Countryman parked next to a BMW X7, underscoring just how much the Mini has grown over the years.

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The size increase pays dividends on the inside, where passenger and cargo space have increased. With 15.9 cu ft of trunk space, the Countryman S should have enough room for a grocery run or impromptu weekend away. Need to transport bigger items? The 40:20:40 split-folding rear bench neatly collapses, revealing 51.2 cu ft of cargo room.

Inside, the Countryman S ALL4 combines premium textiles and materials, while a glass roof lets natural light shine into the cabin. Mini Experience Modes are also part of the package, allowing customers to customize the vehicle atmosphere with personalized settings and sounds. A 9.4-inch touchscreen operates several functions and uses the latest Operating System 9.

Expect the new Countryman S to arrive at US dealers in May 2024, carrying a price tag of $38,900. Production is slated to begin in March 2024.

Pricing excludes the $995 destination and handling fee.

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