Source: AutoVerdict
January 17, 2017
by Nick Saporito

The not-so-mini Mini Countryman is getting a predictable power bump. Mini has announced the John Cooper Works (JCW) variant of the new 2018 Countryman in what has becoming a predictable product cadence for the brand.

Mini unveiled the all-new Countryman back in November. Naturally both Cooper and Cooper S trims were revealed at the time. Now the JCW Countryman is official with a 228 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 258 pound-feet of torque. If those specifications sound familiar it is because its the same unit found in the JCW Clubman wagon. Buyers can opt for a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox, with the auto box featuring launch control software.

Mini is offering all-wheel-drive standard on the JCW Countryman, which it calls All4.

Aside from the unique mechanics, the JCW looks, well, like a JCW. Unique design aspects dress the Countryman inside and out. Those unique visuals are all highly customizable, as expected from the Mini brand in general.

The 2018 JCW Countryman will slide into dealerships this April for an unannounced price. If history is any indicator, it will run $5,000 to $6,000 above the Cooper S trim level.

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