UK Mini dealers have already sold out of their new Countryman SUV allocation for this year ahead of its on sale date of September 18.
The Country will be the fourth body style from Mini with the hatch, Convertible and Clubman, but it will be the first to have four doors, seating for five adults and the first to offer four wheel drive (ALL4).
At launch the Countryman range will include three petrol – Mini One, Cooper and Cooper S - and two diesel models – Mini One D and Cooper D - as well as two ALL4 all wheel drive models, the Cooper D ALL4 and Cooper S ALL4.
The petrol engines are the new 1.6-litre four cylinder engines already announced for the hatch, convertible and Clubman models in spring.
The diesel models are powered by a new BMW 1.6-litre four cylinder N47 turbocharged engine. The Cooper D Countryman will be available with an automatic transmission in March 2011.
All Mini Countryman models come with a six-speed manual gearbox. A six speed automatic transmission is available as an option for the petrol-engined cars.
Mini believes 80% of Countryman sales will be to customers new to the brand.
Prices for the Countryman start at £16,000.