Mini Countryman JCW facelifted for 2021

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Two months after the debut of the regular model, Mini has unveiled the mid-life facelift for the flagship John Cooper Works version of its Countryman SUV.

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Updates are concentrated on the visual front, with exterior changes including restyled front and rear fascias, new grille with a red stripe, plus LED headlights, fog lights and tail-lights, the lattermost featuring Mini’s trademark Union Jack design.

An optional Piano Black Exterior package darkens the door handles, head/tail-light surrounds, grille and tailgate badging. Two new metallic colours, White Silver and Sage Green, join the existing palette.

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Inside, revisions include a new 5.0-inch digital instrument cluster borrowed from the Cooper SE electric hatch and JCW GP track special, a mildly-restyled centre stack and a revised 8.8-inch infotainment system with Amazon Alexa integration and ‘Intelligent Emergency’ services.

Mechanically, the John Cooper Works Countryman continues into 2021 with the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine introduced in 2019, developing 225kW of power and 450Nm of torque.

Drive is fed to the tarmac through an eight-speed Aisin torque-converter automatic transmission and a front-biased all-wheel-drive system, enabling the 0-100km/h sprint to be dispatched in 5.1 seconds.

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A sports exhaust system with 95mm-diamter twin tailpipes can now be optioned.

Standard performance kit Down Under includes an electronically-locking front differential, retuned chassis, steering, stability control and dampers, 18-inch JCW-branded alloy wheels, and a sports brake system with four-piston fixed front and single-piston sliding rear calipers finished in Chilli Red.

The facelifted 2021 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman will touch down in Australian showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2020.

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