Countryman is first five-door Mini model

Countryman is first five-door Mini model

The Mini Countryman, which makes its public debut at next month's Geneva motor show as the fourth model in the Mini line, will cost from EUR20,200 including 19% VAT (GBP17,529; $US27,525) when it goes on sale in Germany in September, BMW said on Monday. Its UK unit said its five-version range would cost GBP16,000-GBP20,810 when sales start on 18 September.

The range-topping, all-wheel drive, petrol version, the Cooper S ALL4, will cost EUR27,900 and the diesel ALL4 will be EUR25,900 in Germany.

Mini's first crossover will be available with a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines from launch, developing between 66 kW/90 hp and 135 kW/184 hp.

As an alternative to the standard-fitted six-speed manual gearbox, a six-speed automatic with Steptronic 'manual' shift facility can also be specified for the petrol variants.

Standard equipment for Germany includes air conditioning, Mini's own centre rail stowage and attachment system -  similar to that of the Opel/Vauxhall Meriva which will also make its debut at the Geneva show - electromechanical power steering system, including Servotronic speed-sensitive power assistance, and a stability control system.

All UK models will be come with five seats as standard, although customers can specify the four seat option at no extra cost.

UK models will also have roof rails to facilitate various attachments like roof boxes or roof racks, a Thatcham Category 1 alarm system, heated door mirrors and washer jets, rear park distance control, multi-function rear seats, dynamic stability control, ISOFIX child safety seat mountings, tyre puncture warning system, standard central bass audio system with six speakers, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth telephone preparation, USB connection, passenger airbag deactivation and preparation for a bicycle rack.

"The demand for crossover vehicles has grown substantially recently:  drivers want the best of both worlds with normal saloon-like driving responses as well as the added versatility of soft off-road ability and the interior flexibility to cope with all the hobbies, shopping trips and activities that are a huge part of the typical busy modern family life," BMW GB said.

"As a result, Countryman arrives in a growing segment that presents an opportunity to attract buyers from a wide range of competitive cars."

All Countryman models will be built by Magna Steyr in Austria.