BMW India, the parent company of the MINI brand has announced that they will start the production of MINI Countryman in India soon. This will be a major boost to “Make-in-India” initiative. BMW will start the production soon and will sell the made-in-India cars by June 2018.
The new MINI already produces 8 models in India with around 50% localisation. The MINI will be the 9th vehicle for the group. The new MINI will get Euro VI-compliant petrol engine in India. From 1st April 2018, even the other models of the BMW will get the BS VI compliant engines. The Euro VI-compliant diesel engines will be launched once the suitable fuel is available throughout India.
The MINI will be produced with same 50% of localisation in India, which will bring down the prices of the vehicle. BMW will utilise the same Chennai plant to assemble the new MINI cars in India. MINI Countryman is one of the most expensive MINIs sold in India. It sits just below the MINI Clubman and is priced at Rs. 40.87 lakh. Currently, the vehicle is imported to India as a CBU (Completely Built Unit). The new Indian-made vehicle will be cheaper for sure.
The Countryman is quite a big car when compared to the Cooper. It is only available in a single engine option, which is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit. The turbocharged engine produces a maximum power of 112 Bhp and 270 Nm of peak torque. There is a 6-speed automatic transmission available for the vehicle. It is only available in a 2WD version.
The vehicle will continue to offer the same list of features like round console, old-school dials and buttons and the iDrive infotainment system. MINI showcased the new updated version of the Countryman at the 2018 Auto Expo. There’s a possibility that the brand will launch the new version of the car when the production shifts to India.