The new MINI Countryman now comes in a sporty John Cooper Works (JCW) variant, adding a touch of performance and various cosmetic enhancements both inside and out.
The third-generation MINI Countryman, sharing the UKL2 platform with the BMW X1, welcomes back the JCW badge, following the tradition of having a sporty variant in the lineup. Power is delivered by a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that sends power to an ‘ALL4’ four-wheel drive system. Standard sport suspension lowers the ride height by 16mm and includes a “high-performance braking system.”
The new JCW model, featuring the updated JCW badge for the first time, generates 221kW and 400Nm of torque. It accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 5.4 seconds, slightly slower than its predecessor’s 5.1 seconds, but still 0.2 seconds quicker than the new all-electric Countryman SE. The top speed reaches 250km/h. The transmission changes from an eight-speed automatic to a seven-speed auto for the JCW.
The MINI Countryman JCW stands out with several exterior enhancements, exclusively available in ‘Sport Trim.’ It sports unique bumpers at the front and rear, a new gloss black grille design, and contrasting roof and bonnet stripes. The car comes standard with 19-inch wheels, with an option to upgrade to 20-inch rims for £600, both equipped with wider tires than the previous model. A quad-tip exhaust system, finished in gloss black, completes the sporty look.
Inside, the interior design reflects the increased performance. Black sport seats feature red stitching and JCW emblems at the front and rear. The JCW’s unique steering wheel comes with silver accents and additional red stitching.
The MINI Countryman JCW is expected to arrive in Australia in late 2024.