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MINI Reveals A Mild Countryman Refresh :

It’s common practice for BMW and MINI to update each of those models with what they call an LCI or Life-Cycle Impulse (very German isn’t it?) But with this update MINI has taken a successful model with the Countryman and refreshed it only two years into its life-cycle. What’s the hurry? In a word the Paceman. Instead of bring the Paceman to market only to be updated a year later, MINI has decided to pull ahead the update to coincide with the launch of the car. This also gives us a mildly updated Countryman as a happy consequence.

So what’s changed? As we mentioned this is a mild refresh with no drivetrain changes and no real styling alterations.

  • New exterior colors (Brilliant Copper metallic and Blazing Red metallic)
  • New interior controls for the windows and mirrors located on the driver’s door
  • Updated interior materials, trim options, colors and color line packages
  • Redesigned interior door inserts and arm rests
  • Rear bench seat now standard (buckets a no-cost option)
  • A reconfiguring of the option packages

Engine and transmission configurations remain the same, but now include the JCW Countryman which as we know, comes with the All4 system as standard. Full release and detail photos after the jump.

[Official Release] In the two years since its launch onto the world’s car markets, the MINI Countryman has developed into a driving force behind the continuing growth of the brand. The transference of hallmark MINI qualities and values into a new vehicle segment has won over new target groups worldwide to the brand’s unmistakable style. Autumn 2012 will see the British carmaker’s first model to offer all-wheel drive benefiting from an extensive round of modifications which will further enhance the allure of its boundless driving fun. Detailed refinements to the car’s design and the selection of materials available for the interior shine the spotlight even more brightly on a premium character none of the MINI Countryman’s rivals can match. The spacious five-door’s optimised ease of use underlines its very modern appreciation of practicality.

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