MINI has announced that the rest of the Countryman and Paceman line will have the lauded ALL4 all-wheel drive (AWD) system as an option. Currently, only the MINI Cooper Countryman S and MINI Cooper Paceman S are offered with ALL4. This will give consumers (much) cheaper options for the larger MINI models.
“In the new models MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 and MINI Cooper Paceman ALL4, the all-wheel drive system distributes the power of a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine with an output of 90 kW/122 bhp between the front and rear wheels. Spontaneous forward thrust is guaranteed by the engine’s maximum torque of 160 Newton metres (190 Nm with automatic transmission), at an engine speed of 4,250 rpm.
As a result, the MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 11.9 seconds (automatic: 11.7 seconds). The top speed is 184 km/h (182 km/h). Due to the high level of efficiency of both engine and drivetrain as well as extensive MINIMALISM technology, the boost in driving fun goes hand in hand with low levels of fuel consumption and emissions. The MINI Countryman ALL4 has an average fuel consumption of 6.9 litres per 100 kilometres (automatic: 7.5 litres) on the EU test cycle and CO2 emissions of 167 (175) grams per kilometre.
The relation between driving fun and fuel consumption is equally impressive in the MINI Cooper Paceman ALL4. This model takes 11.8 seconds (automatic: 11.6 seconds) to accelerate from standing to 100 km/h and attains a top speed of 185 (183) km/h. Its fuel consumption and CO2 emission levels on the EU test cycle are the same as those of the MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4.” – – BMW Group Media
In Europe, the MINI Countryman and MINI Paceman diesel models have the ALL4 option too.
There is no word yet on when we can expect these ALL4 equipped MINIs, but I suspect we’ll see some publicity hit before the end of the summer. They should test these ALL4 MINIs in our Rocky Mountains; that’s where they belong. I am beginning to see more and more MINI Countryman S ALL4s of every description in my region.
So far, every single MINI I’ve tested has been fun as hell. If they can manage to keep the fun, sporty and never-taking-itself-too-seriously character with these new variants – prepare for a world of driving awsomeness. If they can keep that price reasonable (for once), the children of fun driving will rejoice.
Like many people who live with snow and dangerous weather conditions, I welcome any vehicle that has AWD. So far, I have driven the MINI Countryman S ALL4 and MINI Paceman S ALL4 in the Rocky Mountains – they were excellent. Even with performance-oriented tires, the MINIs grip was as tenacious as an Audi A4. The idea that ALL4 equipped MINIs will be available for people who were looking at Subarus is very appealing.
Check out Roman and I as we play with the MINI Paceman S ALL4 in this fun video!
Now, if MINI would make a regular Cooper S an AWD… that would kick ass!