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Mini Countryman 2024: Australian release date confirmed for 400Nm JCW version


A hotter variant of the next-gen Countryman has been revealed, with all-wheel drive turbo power and new looks 

Mini has officially revealed the John Cooper Works version of its new-generation Countryman small SUV

The Countryman JCW is set to arrive in Australia during the third quarter of 2024, and will join the new electric Mini Cooper hatch and Countryman electric in the electrified Mini range. 

The JCW variant will use a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 221kW of power and 400Nm of torque. This powertrain is mated to an all-wheel drive system and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. 

2024 Mini Countryman JCW front 3/4 static
This is the 2024 Mini Countryman John Cooper Works

Interestingly, the new Countryman JCW has less power and torque than the outgoing Countryman JCW that produced 225kW/450Nm

The Countryman is based on the UKL2 platform and features completely redesigned styling for 2024. 

The JCW will stand out from other Countrymans due to its two-tone red roof, quad exhaust outlets and unique JCW badging.  

2024 Mini Countryman JCW rear angle driving shot
Quad exhaust outlets should play a nice tune!

What else to expect from the Countryman in 2024?

Mini will launch both combustion and electric versions of the Countryman in 2024, with the possibility of a JCW electric edition very likely, but unconfirmed. 

2024 Mini Countryman JCW interior screen
A look inside the new 2024 Mini Countryman JCW

There is little word on what power and torque figures can be extracted from the new Countryman’s chassis, but we did see a glimpse of performance Minis during the Munich Motor Show which occurred earlier this year. 

Although both electric and combustion power is still the name of the game in modern motoring, it’s very likely that Mini will bring its go-kart handling performance JCW nameplate into the electric era.