If prospective vehicle owners in Europe want to enjoy MINI’s ALL4 all-wheel-drive system, they need to pony up for the performance variants of the Countryman and Paceman models; the MINI Countryman S and the MINI Paceman S. This is planned to change as MINI will make the ALL4 system available for base Countryman and Paceman models.
The decision to introduce the ALL4 system to the non-turbo Countryman and Paceman variants is sure to delight owners looking for the stability of an all-wheel-drive system without paying thousands of dollars extra for an “S” model. Choosing to expand the availability of the ALL4 system should prove to be a savvy move the automaker, as the Countryman is already a key driver of sales for MINI worldwide. Unfortunately, Motoringfile reports that the new ALL4 models will not yet be available in the U.S., a puzzling decision considering the vehicles impressive sales figures in North America.
Regardless, providing all wheel drive will undoubtedly offer added appeal to consumers living in northern climates prone to snow, ice and slippery conditions. All wheel drive is often a deal-breaker for customers living in regions with bad winters; MINI figures to expand its position in the crossover vehicle segment and we imagine they will be quite successful. Hopefully these models will be available in the U.S. soon.
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