Meet Mini\u2019s Countryman Boardwalk

Mini is launching a new, limited-run, special edition Countryman called the Boardwalk. The company says the name comes from “the promenades of traditional seaside resorts in Britain, home of the MINI brand.”

It is available in Cooper and Cooper S versions, starting around $42,000 in the U.K. Mini plans to offer the car here, but an official told Autoweek the automaker is “a bit of a ways” out for the U.S. model so details are scarce. U.S. production is set for a March time frame with first vehicles expected to arrive April/May, the official told us adding U.S. pricing and product details are still being worked out. “We’ll do a U.S.-specific announcement sometime in Q1 closer to market launch that includes such details,” we were told. The Countryman is the company’s best U.S. seller and the new-for-2021 version went on sale in July.

For now, we know that the European version of the Boardwalk has sharp-looking Deep Laguna Blue metallic paint, rides on 19-inch alloy wheels and has a contrasting black roof and black roof rails as well as a power hatch and LED front and rear lights.

Inside, the door sills, cockpit fascia and roof sport unique Boardwalk logos. For the European market Mini is offering more standard equipment — a number of options from regular Countrymans are standard including mood lighting, illuminated handles and external logo projections from the mirrors. The interior also has piano-black detailing. A digital cockpit is included, too, alongside cruise control with emergency braking and automatic climate control and heated seats. The Navigation package includes an 8.8-in display, Apple CarPlay and real-time traffic information. There’s also park assist, front parking sensors, and front- and rear-view cameras.

Remember though, this is the equipment Europe is getting. We’ll know more about our specs next Spring.

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