Inside, the general layout remains the same. There are a few tweaks made to the dash area, with anthracite-colored dials and chrome trim on the air vents now standard across the range. The car also benefits from acoustic optimization which has reduced road noise against the outgoing model.
The big news here is the availability of the latest MINI Connected infotainment system on the 2015 Countryman. It offers extensive integration of smartphones in the car, allowing the use of internet-based services in the areas of infotainment, communication and driver experience. These are provided via apps whose functional diversity is being continuously expanded. Operating it is done via a joystick in the center console and the on-board computer in the dash.
In the powertrain department there are some upgrades for the performance-oriented Cooper S Paceman and John Cooper Works Paceman, although at present these are only European figures and those for the U.S. market may vary. While output of the regular Paceman’s 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine remains capped at 121 horsepower, the Cooper S model’s turbocharged 1.6-liter now delivers 190 horsepower instead of 181 hp. As for the JCW model, which features the same engine as the Cooper S, its output now registers at 218 hp, up from 210 hp.
The 0-62 mph run in the JCW is said to take 6.9 seconds, while the Cooper S will do it in 7.5 seconds and the regular Paceman in 10.4. MINI’s ALL4 all-wheel-drive system is available across the range and standard on the JCW. Buyers also have the choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions, with the latter offering paddle shifters. Finally, all models come standard with a sport button that enables more direct steering, improved accelerator response and for the automatic, faster shift times.
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