2021 Mini JCW Countryman gets treated to a nip-and-tuck
Arriving this November, the 2021 Mini JCW Countryman receives a few design updates along with a few refinements to tech designed to “emphasize the exclusive racing character of the top athlete even more intensively.”
Despite this colorful description from the British carmaker, changes to the 2021 model are actually pretty mild, with exterior updates consisting merely of a restyled grille, LED headlights as standard, enlarged tailpipes, and Union Jack graphics for the taillights. Adaptive LED headlights with variable light distribution and matrix function is an available option.
The undercarriage enjoys some minor tweaks as well, with the chassis now sporting suspension and damping features refined with racing expertise, DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) and electromechanical steering. Buyers can also imbue their new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman with an adaptive chassis if they prefer.
As for the 2021 Mini JCW Countryman’s standard equipment features, these include a sports brake system with 4-piston fixed caliper disc brakes on the front wheels and single-piston floating-caliper disc brakes on the rear wheels, as well as 18-inch John Cooper Works light-alloy wheels with brake calipers painted in eye-catching Chili Red.
Mini also adds three new paint finishes to the Countryman’s color choices, namely: White Silver, Sage Green Metallic, and Piano Black. Buyers choosing the third color get to see their car’s grille, headlight surrounds, door handles, rear lights, and trunk lid lettering in high-gloss black finish instead of the usual chrome.
The interior on the other hand, gets a new 5.0-inch color screen instrument cluster, and an optional 8.8-inch infotainment screen as replacement for the standard 6.5-inch system. The larger infotainment gets some design tweaks featuring a bezel and touch-sensitive control panels with high-gloss Piano Black surfaces.
Connectivity is also enhanced via a standard-installed SIM card, ensuring that the new Countryman is ‘always online’ for the immediate and reliable accessibility to numerous digital services, such as the MINI Navigation Plus that provides real-time traffic data, the MINI Online Internet Portal, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa voice assistant.
Powering the new JCW Countryman is a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo that makes 306hp and 450Nm of torque and paired with an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. This is the same powertrain found in the JCW Countryman’s 2020 version.
Speaking of the 2020 JCW Countryman, the model is available in the Philippines, and goes for PHP4,750,000.
Photo/s from MINI