• Mini is launching a new special-edition Countryman called the Boardwalk.
  • The Countryman is the company's best U.S. seller. The new-for-2021 version of the Countryman went on sale in July.
  • U.S. pricing and quantities on the Boardwalk are expected closer to its spring 2021 launch.

    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 at the equivalent of around $42,000 in the U.K. (Here in the U.S., the regular 2021 Countryman starts just over $27,000.) 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 the first vehicles expected to arrive April/May, the official told us, adding that U.S. pricing and product details are still being worked out. “We’ll do a U.S.-specific announcement sometime in the first quarter closer to market launch that includes such details," Autoweek was 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 doorsills, the cockpit fascia, and the roof sport unique Boardwalk logos. For the Europe market, Mini is offering more standard equipment including a number of options from regular Countrymans as standard—mood lighting, illuminated handles, and external logo projections from the mirrors are among them. The interior also has piano-black detailing. A digital cockpit is included, too, alongside cruise control with automated emergency braking, automatic climate control, and heated seats. The Navigation package includes an 8.8-inch display, Apple CarPlay capability, and real-time traffic information. There's also park assist, front parking sensors, and front- and rearview cameras.

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

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