While its ultimate transition to the all-new platform that now underpins the Mini Hardtop is still a season or so away, the 2015 Mini Countryman rolled out a host of cosmetic and functional changes in New York. As we've come to expect, this recasting process for the second most popular model in the lineup also includes a new selection of personalization items.
The most obvious change to the 2015 Countryman is found up front in the form of a bolder grille treatment - complete with model-specific color and badge detailing for Cooper/Cooper S/John Cooper Works variants. Both the S and JCW models also add new LED foglamps with parking and running lights, which are optional on the base Cooper. Save for the JCW, all versions with ALL4 all-wheel drive also get cosmetic under-ride guards front and rear plus side-sill protectors. Both the Cooper and Cooper S feature new lightweight 17-inch alloy wheels with a distinctive 5-Star Triangle Spoke configuration, as well.
Beyond adding two new colors and several no-charge contrasting color accent, 2015 Countryman buyers will be able to opt for a new Piano Black Exterior package that adds this high-gloss noir touch to the head and taillight surrounds, the diagonal links between the A-pillars, the front wheel arches and roof rails as well as to the cross-ribs in the grille of the Cooper Countryman. Inside, minor cosmetic tweaks including JCW-style anthracite-colored gauge faces and chrome embellishments on the ventilation controls are complemented by a welcome reduction in cabin noise levels.
The 2015 Mini Countryman lineup will hit showrooms here this summer. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.
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