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Watch The Mini Countryman Brave Desert Sand And Alpine Snow (Video)

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On: Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 1:15PM | By: Chris Weiss

Watch The Mini Countryman Brave Desert Sand And Alpine Snow (Video)

If you were planning a desert off-roading trip or ski trip past flashing "mandatory tire chains" signs, the brand Mini would probably be one of the last on your list for a vehicle source. But in advertising its new Mini Countryman with John Cooper Works package, those are exactly the two types environments that Mini filmed at.

Mini begs us to "Expect the Unexpected," and seeing a Countryman - even an upgraded AWD version - skate across hot desert sand and deep, powdery snow is definitely unexpected. It's also great automotive advertising.

Mini introduced the John Cooper Works Countryman last week at the Geneva Motor Show. Its 211-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo engine sends power to all four wheels via an ALL4 AWD system. The new model is the first JCW to be offered with a six-speed auto option in addition to the six-speed manual. The model also gets sporty suspension, high-performance brakes, aerodynamic tweaks, 18-inch light-alloy wheels and a sports exhaust system. The JCW Countryman hits 62 mph in 7.1 (manual) and 7.5 seconds (automatic). Top speed is listed at 127 mph.

The five-seat, John Cooper Works Countryman is as rugged and versatile as it gets for Mini. It may not be quite as off-road savvy as a Jeep or Land Rover, but with fuel economy of 39.2 mpg (EU test cycle, US figures not available yet), you may not even need to use that spare gas can to get out of the backcountry.

Customers have their choice of seven paint colors and can add contrasting roof, sport stripes and mirror caps in Chili Red (pictured), Light White and Jet Black. The interior gets sport seats with contrasting stitching, Piano Black trim, sports steering wheel, John Cooper Works badging and other refinements.

The video is a "to be continued" sort, and Mini entices us to "stay tuned for the surprising conclusion."


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