MINI JCW Countryman (F60) gets a tune-up for RM379K

By JAY WONG | 7 November 2019

PETALING JAYA: In conjunction with the introduction of MINI Malaysia's newly refreshed Cooper S Clubman and John Cooper Works (JCW) Clubman, the JCW Countryman also got a surprise unveiling.

Priced on-the-road without insurance at RM378,888, the JCW Countryman is covered by a four-year unlimited mileage warranty with free scheduled service and a five-year roadside assistance package.

Just like the JCW Clubman, the 2.0-litre (1,998cc) turbocharged engine has two driving modes of Sport or Green as well as an auto-start/stop function and performance control.

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Power is rated at 306hp from 5,000 to 6,250rpm and 450Nm of torque from 1,750 to 4,500rpm - which gets managed by an eight-speed Steptronic sports transmission before sending the "twist" to "ALL4" wheels via a mechanical differential lock for the front axle.

Sprinting from 0 to 100kph with launch control takes 5.1 seconds before reaching an electronically limited top speed of 250kph. Fuel consumption has been rated at an average of 7.9 litres per 100km.

Externally, the high-performance Countryman gets fitted with LEDs for the automatic headlights, daytime running lights, rear Union-Jack light clusters, panoramic sunroof and signature Chili Red for the power-folding mirror caps with "MINI" logo projectors, roof and bonnet stripes.

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Additionally, a plethora of JCW parts adorns this Countryman which includes 19-inch Circuit Spoke wheels with 225/40 series run-flat tyres, 95mm exhaust system, an aerodynamic kit, front and rear badges, rear spoiler and side scuttles.

Getting inside via the keyless entry with a red toggle-start switch will shed some light into the Carbon Black cabin which uses Dinamica leather combination upholstery for the seats.

The headliner uses Anthracite while a combination of piano-black and chrome provide contrast within the cabin.

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Stainless pedals have been fitted as well as an electronic power steering system in addition to the JCW cabin parts that include the dial design, sport seats and door sill strips.

Convenience comes in the form of front and rear parking sensors, Parking Assistant, reverse camera with dynamic lines, flat tyre indicators, picnic bench and hands-free unlock function for the 450-litre (1,390-litre) boot.

Entertainment comes from a 12-speaker Harman Kardon HiFi system with that's connected to an 8.8-inch central touchscreen to provide Active Sound Design, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Concierge Service, Bluetooth connectivity, USB port,

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There's also an electrochromic rearview mirror, adaptive cruise control, heads-up display, automatic wipers, Intelligent Emergency Call, MINI Connected Services, MINI Find Mate, remote services, teleservices and a wireless charger.

For safety, this Countryman comes equipped with eight airbags, anti-lock braking system, dynamic stability control, automatic stability control with traction, dynamic traction control, with electronic differential lock, pull-away assistant, flat tyre indicator and ISOFIX mounts.

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