MINI Countryman in locally-assembled guise

 CKD MINI Countryman S at BMW Kulim facility In the spirit of the Completely-Knocked Down (CKD) initiative in the Automotive industry, BMW Malaysia today announced the locally-assembled MINI Countryman. The CKD or locally-assembled Countryman, built at BMW’s Kulim (Kedah) facility, is the first CKD MINI in the entire South East Asia region. The BMW Kulim facility currently does a production run of approximately 12,000 units of BMWs and now MINIs; up till present time.

The CKD MINI Countryman 4-door is said to be indistinguishable from the fully-imported Countryman, which first arrived in March 2011. Exterior highlights of the MINI Countryman include; hexagonal radiator grille, huge headlights, the MINI roof line, side indicator surrounds, ‘capacious’ wheel arches and vertical rear light clusters. Standard 17-inch wheels with double-spoke rims are fitted on the base MINI Countryman, whereas the Countryman S takes up 18-inch light alloy wheels and Turbo Fan rims.

Interior-wise, the MINI Countryman sits five comfortably with a boot capacity of 350-liter or up to 1,170-liter. Other distinguishing elements on the inside are; the rounded center speedometer, air vents with chrome lining, MINI Center rail that runs through the middle of the car, small item compartments and an able audio system.

The two versions, the MINI Cooper Countryman and Countryman S ALL4 (All-wheel drive), are powered by a 1.6l 4-cylinder engine; one with twin-scroll turbocharger. That means the base Countryman outputs 120hp and goes 0 – 100km/h in 11.6 seconds, while the Countryman S, thanks to 184hp of power, does it in 8.3 secs. Fuel and emissions ratings for the base MINI Countryman are 7.6 litres per 100 km and 177 grams per km; the Countryman S averages a little higher.

For handling and stability, the compact MINI hot hatch relies on front MacPherson struts with forged track control arms and the multi-link rear suspension, as well as an electromechanical power steering system. At the same time, the ALL4 translates to an all-wheel drive system that’s both responsive and fun.

Safety features of the Countryman consist of Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system, Dynamic Traction Control (only the Countryman S) and a whole lot more.

The CKD MINI Country is offered in these body colors: Light White, Absolute Black, Crystal Silver, Royal Grey, True Blue, Blazing Red and Brilliant Copper. It retails at RM 218,888 for the base model and RM 258,888 for the Countryman S, compared to the imported Countryman prices of RM 248, 888 and RM 285,888 (Countryman S). All prices don’t include insurance.