Three MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 embark on Panamericana adventure.
Equipped with a ruggedly handsome design, MINI Countryman is the ultimate all-rounder, ready to take you places other vehicles can’t reach. Whether it’s a winding coastal road or the bustle of the city, it gives you a driving experience you’ll always look forward to. Enjoy a new-found freedom and flexibility to drive anywhere. And enjoy telling your stories when you return.
Munich/Dallas. Sustainable driving fun on one of the world’s dream highways: a Panamericana adventure begins in the city of Dallas/Texas today for the crews of three MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 (combined fuel consumption: 2.5 – 2.4 l/100 km; combined power consumption: 13.7 – 13.4 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions from fuel: 56 – 55 g/km). A long-distance run of almost 17 000 kilometres passing through 12 states in North, Central and South America down to the southernmost tip of the continent gives the British premium brand’s first ever plug-in hybrid model the perfect opportunity to give a detailed demonstration of its all-round qualities, at the same time attracting new target groups to electromobility in MINI style.
At the start of their Panamericana tour from Texas to Tierra del Fuego, the adventurers will be meeting up with large numbers of MINI enthusiasts who are themselves taking part in a special marathon: Dallas is the starting point of the fifth stage along the east-west route of the MINI TAKES THE STATES 2018 rally. The one-week convoy run along selected routes in the USA brings together the MINI community from different regions of the USA for a festival of genuine driving fun, at the same time raising money for the aid organisation Feeding America. The campaign ends on Sunday, 22 July 2018 with a large-scale closing event in Keystone/Colorado.
By this time, the three teams taking part in the Panamericana tour will have already crossed the Mexican border. One of their stops along the way will be in San Luis Potosí, where vehicle production is due to start next year at a newly built BMW Group plant. Further sections of the intercontinental tour along the world’s longest north-south road link will run through Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia and Ecuador. The route then initially passes through Peru and Chile to cross the South American continent before running down the Atlantic coast as far as Ushuaia in the Argentinian part of Tierra del Fuego. Arrival in the world’s southernmost city is planned for 29 August 2018.
For a period of six weeks, the three MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 will be travelling over roads of varying quality as they pass through fascinating Latin American cities and breathtaking natural landscapes. The vehicles have been specially prepared for this challenging road trip: additional headlamps, tyres with emergency running properties and a roof rack to transport a spare wheel mean they are excellently equipped to cope with any hardships.
MINI model revision measures as of summer 2018.
All MINI petrol engine models will be fitted with a particulate filter and will therefore meet the requirements of the Euro 6d-TEMP emission standard – Petrol engine variants of the MINI Clubman and the MINI Countryman with enhanced efficiency and optional 7-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch – New Connectivity Package for the MINI Clubman.
Munich. Numerous new features in the area of drive technology enhance driving fun as well as reducing emissions in the current MINI models as of summer 2018. Emission control in all petrol-engine variants of the MINI 3 door, MINI 5 door and MINI Convertible as well as the MINI Clubman and MINI Countryman will include a particulate filter as of July 2018. The models of the British premium brand with this feature meet the particularly rigorous requirements of the Euro 6d-TEMP emission standard. This demonstrates how MINI consistently continues to pursue the optimisation of emissions in its current models. The diesel engine variants of the MINI Clubman and MINI Countryman have met the Euro 6d-TEMP standard since March 2018. Their emission control system includes not just a diesel particulate filter and an NOX storage catalytic converter but also an SCR catalytic converter which features a special urea injection (AdBlue) for highly effective reduction of nitrogen oxide emissions.
In addition, the relevant model variants of the MINI Clubman and MINI Countryman will be fitted with enhanced petrol engines as of July 2018. Here, optimised MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology especially benefits fuel consumption and emission levels. As an alternative to the standard manual transmission, the petrol engine models of the MINI Clubman and MINI Countryman will be available with a 7-speed Steptronic transmission in future.
Thrilling shift dynamics, a high level of comfort, optimised convenience:
7-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch.
Fast gear changes and a high level of internal efficiency are the properties of the 7-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch available as an option for further variants of the successful MINI models in the premium compact segment from July 2018 onwards. The use of two clutches when changing gear enables particularly sporty acceleration without torque interrupt. In addition to enhanced driving fun, the design principle adapted from motor racing also has all the comfort features of an automatic transmission. It ensures harmonious and acoustically barely perceptible changes in drive position, free of load change reactions in the engine – not just when sprinting but also when decelerating. The 7-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch also enables use of the auto start/stop function and the coasting function to increase efficiency. Furthermore, the transmission control is networked with the navigation system if the vehicle is fitted with one. In this way, navigation data can be used to adapt the choice of gear perfectly to the route. Operation of the 7-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch is by means of an electronic gear selector switch. This transmits the driver’s instructions by means of electrical impulses to the transmission control.