Facelifted Mini Countryman JCW arrives with 306hp
A facelifted version of the Mini Countryman John Cooper Works has been revealed, topping the range of the recently launched standard Countryman.
Priced from £36,000, it’s poised to take on other quick crossovers such as the Volkswagen T-Roc R, with deliveries set to commence in November.
Potent new engine
The new Mini Countryman JCW gets the most powerful engine ever to grace a Mini. A turbocharged petrol engine delivers a huge 306hp and 450Nm of torque – that’s around 10hp more than the T-Roc R.
The result is a 0-62mph time of just 5.1 seconds. All models feature an 8-speed automatic gearbox and Mini’s ALL4 all-wheel-drive system.
In-keeping with Mini’s hallmark agility, the steering and handling has been reworked thanks to changes to the chassis and body structure.
On the outside, it benefits from the same updates as the rest of the range. That means standard LED headlights, fog lights and a fresh set of tail lights that are wider than before.
The JCW is marked out by unique 18in alloy wheels, a sportier grille and two new body colours. A larger set of tailpipes help give it a more aggressive look from the rear.
In addition, two new body colours are available: White Silver and Sage Green, all JCW models feature Piano Black trim rather than the standard chrome finish, too.
Climb inside and you’ll find the dashboard has been updated courtesy of a new 5in digital dashboard. This was first introduced on the Mini Electric, and is now being rolled out across the rest of the range.
The infotainment system offers audio streaming via Bluetooth connection and a standard Navigation pack, although you can upgrade the latter if you’d like an additional route guidance system and wireless charging.
With a sim card installed as standard, the Mini Countryman JCW is always online, enabling use of Intelligent Emergency Call and Mini TeleServices among other benefits.
Order books for the new Mini Countryman JCW are open now, with the first customer delivers expected to commence from November.