The not-so-mini Mini Countryman has been slightly revised, and the British company used the New York International Auto Show to highlight the changes in the car. Technically a five-door crossover, the 2015 Countryman has been updated to help keep it abreast of some of the changes to the new generation of the Mini Cooper hatch.
There are some subtle changes to the Countryman’s exterior, which are so subtle you would have to be a rabid Mini fan with way too much time on your hands to be able to pick them out in a picture, or even in person. The interior has also been updated, with most of the changes also coming in a very subtle form. One big change for the interior is that the rear seats can be adjusted in a few more directions, meaning the rear occupants can get a little more comfortable on long trips. The dinner plate sized speedometer has stayed in the exact same spot and remains just as obnoxiously large. For whatever reason known only to Mini, it decided to keep the speedometer in the same spot, even though the new Cooper has a normal-sized speedometer that is located in the gauge cluster.
Just like before, the 2015 Mini Countryman will be available in a few trim levels, from the base model to the Cooper S and the slightly more performance-oriented John Cooper Works. Output for the Cooper S has been increased by 7 horsepower, topping out at 190 horsepower total. Front- or all-wheel drive will be available like before, as will either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. And of course, buyers will be able to customize the crossover with a number of optional equipment, making their car as expensive and crazy as they want.