What is it?
According to the car calendar, the Mini Countryman soft-roader is ready for a mid-term refresh, even if 350,000 sales since 2010 – and more of them this year than last – suggest that the many buyers aren’t particularly concerned that it needs one.
Despite a lack of enthusiasm from purists, the Countryman has been a storming sales success. It has taken the brand to a new kind of buyer and kept the Mini faithful in the fold as their kids have grown up.
Now there’s a 2014 edition, to which the company has made few major modifications, choosing instead to finding ways to stress its baby-SUV credentials – a strategy it hopes will distance the model from the forthcoming Mini five-door hatchback, due to hit showrooms at the end of October, and minimise cannibalisation.
There are new colours, including a new Jungle Green 'hero colour' and there's a new, rugged exterior pack comprising scuff plates and sill protectors offered as an option offered on 4x4 models.