Mini's ALL4 all-wheel-drive (AWD) system will be availble in two more models, beginning in July 2013 – the base-level Mini Cooper Countryman and the Mini Cooper Paceman.
This addition increases the number of AWD versions within the Mini model range to ten. The new models will be fitted with a standard six-speed manual transmission, with a six-speed automatic an available option.
The ALL4 permanent AWD system features an electromagnetic centre differential that distributes drive force at continuously variable levels between the front and rear axle.
Its electronic control system is integrated directly in the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) control unit, enabling it to direct drive torque quickly and precisely to where it can be most effectively used.
With its enhanced traction, driving stability and ability the permanent all-wheel drive system helps the driver stay in control while driving on snow, sand or slippery surfaces, as well offering extra grip on twisty roads, the company says.
Both the Countryman ALL4 and Paceman ALL4 are powered by a 122-horsepower 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine with a maximum torque rating of 118 lb-ft (140 lb-ft with automatic transmission), at an engine speed of 4,250 rpm.
The Countryman ALL4 is said to accelerate from 0-to-100 km/h in 11.9 seconds (automatic: 11.7 seconds), with a top speed is 184 km/h (182 km/h).
The Paceman ALL4 takes 11.8 seconds (automatic: 11.6 seconds) from 0-to-100 km/h and attains a top speed of 185 (183) km/h.
With this extension of the model range there will be four versions of each of the Countryman and Paceman with optional ALL4 in future. In addition to the latest additions, they include S, SD and D models of both the Mini Cooper Countryman and Paceman lines.
The sportier Mini John Cooper Works Countryman and Paceman feature AWD as standard equipment.