Mini Cooper Countryman goes diesel, local assembly at Chennai begins, prices start at Rs. 23.5 lakh

The Mini Cooper Countryman is as close to an SUV as Mini can hope to get, and given the current craze for SUVs in India, it is with good reason that Mini has chosen to locally assemble the Countryman in India, as well as slip in a diesel engine under the bonnet.

The Mini Cooper Countryman with a diesel engine comes in two variants, the Mini Cooper D Countryman and Mini Cooper D Countryman High priced at Rs. 25.60 lakh and Rs. 28.90 lakh respectively. These are among the cheaper Mini models one could buy in India. Also read: Mini launches first exclusive dealership

And to make the Mini brand even more affordable, Mini is offering the Mini One Countryman, again locally assembled, with a petrol engine, is priced at Rs. 23.50 lakh, making it the lowest-priced Mini model in India. These three models are being assembled at BMW’s plant in Chennai.

Other petrol variants of the Mini Cooper Countryman will continue to be imported into India as completely built units. The regular Mini Cooper, Mini Cooper S, and Mini convertible will also be imported as completely built units and hence account for slightly higher prices because of a revision in import duties on completely built units.

In addition to the three Minis, the BMW plant in Chennai now produces the BMW 3 Series, the BMW 5-series, the BMW X1 and the BMW X3. This year BMW also plans to locally produce the BMW 7-Series and BMW 1-Series later in the year. The BMW 1 Series could be priced at below Rs. 20 lakh, making it the entry level BMW. Also see: Mini Cooper video

Prices of Mini Cooper models in India (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Mini Cooper: Rs. 26.60 lakh

Mini Cooper S: Rs. 29.90 lakh

Mini Cooper Convertible: Rs. 32.50 lakh

Mini One Countryman: Rs. 23.50 lakh

Mini Cooper D Countryman: Rs. 25.60 lakh

Mini Cooper D Countryman High: Rs. 28.90 lakh

Mini Cooper S Countryman: Rs. 34.20 lakh

Mini Cooper S Countryman High: Rs. 37.50 lakh

The Mini Cooper is a complete lifestyle statement. The Countryman may not really be true to the original Mini’s purpose, but as a butch hatchback it works quite well. Mini is an aspirational brand, and adding a diesel engine along with some macho elements to the Countryman work well for it. Buyers looking for a vehicle to make a lifestyle statement in the Rs. 25 lakh to Rs. 30 lakh price segment would do well to give the Mini range a look – it is quite exclusive and sure draws a lot of attention. Also read: Three retro cars you’ll love to own