The Mini Countryman John Cooper Works is a crossover featuring new technology and styling tweaks.
There is a new addition to the 2020 Mini range with the Mini Countryman John Cooper Works likely to attract admiring glances - and impressive levels of handling with the most powerful engine Mini has ever used in a production vehicle.
The car is the firm's range topper and the facelifted Countryman JCW is a stylish SUV crossover with lots of new technology.
Mini has recently revamped its standard Countryman crossover and this model shares similar technology and cosmetic updates.
The revised Mini Countryman John Cooper Works is available to lease or buy in the UK and prices start at £36,000.
The first deliveries will begin in November and it is set to be competition for the excellent Volkswagen T-Roc R and the Audi SQ2.
The new model features updated LED headlamps and a new radiator grille.
The previous Piano Black and Styling Package that was offered as an option before is now fitted as standard and replaces the grille surround, the rear light bezels and the door handles for black gloss black replacements. The car also has the firm's Union Jack rear lights.
The interior revisions are similar to those of the recent standard Clubman crossover improvements and include a new 5-inch digital instrument binnacle - it's the same one from the impressive Mini Electric.
The engine delivering the power is a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol unit that produces 302bhp with torque of 450Nm.
The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and the all-wheel drive will see the SUV deliver a 0 to 62 sprint time of 5.1 seconds before going on to a top speed of 155 MPH.
The new revision also features wider alloy wheels, a locking front differential and a better stability control system.
Handling is also boosted with a stiffer sport suspension and there are larger disk brakes to deal with the engine's power that feature four-piston fixed calipers.
When it was first launched, the Mini Countryman JCW was seen as something of a niche offering with limited appeal but since most other major marques have also added similar models, it's likely that more crossover SUV offerings will be reaching our showrooms.
The infotainment system has also been upgraded and includes satnav, smartphone connectivity and a there’s customisable ambient lighting system. There is also the impressive Mini-branded puddle lighting system on offer as well.
The level of customisation is still a big part of buying a Mini with buyers having the choice of different trims and interior upholstery colours.
The revamped Mini will always be online with a Sim card being installed as standard. This means drivers will be able to access the firm's intelligent emergency call system that will give emergency services the vehicle's location and any indication of an accident severity.
There is also real-time traffic information and an Internet platform, called Mini Online for drivers to enjoy.
Green Cars’ is the term used for zero, low and ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) - with pressure being applied to lower global emission levels, the need for “eco-friendly” vehicles is on the rise. Many countries now have plans in place to abolish the use of combustion engines before the turn of the century and so more and more vehicles we see on the roads will be Electric, hybrid or very low emission petrol and diesels.
Although beneficial to the environment, ‘Green Cars’ are also beneficial from a taxation view. The lower a vehicle’s emissions banding, the lower the taxation placed against it. Many manufacturers have tapped in to this ever-growing market with their own offerings, however, Volvo were the first manufacturer to state that every one of their models will be either electric or hybrid options from 2019.