Shopping around for a luxury SUV with some naughty characteristics? Well, you came to the right place, because two new SUVs were unveiled this week and both are aimed squarely at the enthusiastic driver.
The all-new Mini Countryman is now available in South Africa.
It’s still only available as a five-seater, but Mini has included an option it calls the “Picnic Bench.” This rather unique feature is basically a flexible surface that folds out of the luggage compartment and provides seating for two. Perfect for those impromptu picnics in remote locations.
The interior is roomy and equipped with all the latest gadgets. Build quality seems to be exceptional as well, but, then again, that’s to be expected when a car is part of the BMW group.
The new Countryman is available with two petrol engines, while a third diesel option will join the line-up later in the year.
The standard Cooper uses a three-cylinder turbocharged petrol to provide 100kW and 220Nm of torque, but it’s the 141kW/280Nm Cooper S that we’re interested in. With that much power, there’s a big chance it will be a hoot to drive.
A plug-in hybrid Countryman will join the range in 2018.
Mercedes-AMG GLC 63
If the Mini’s power outputs seem a tad miniscule, you might want to hold onto your cash until the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 arrives later in the year.
The GLC is already an epic SUV and adding a 4.0-litre biturbo V8 to the mix will definitely enhance its appeal.
This stonking V8 will be available in standard 350kW/650Nm trim, but if you’re will to fork over extra, Mercedes will upgrade it to 375Kw and 700Nm of torque. Either way, it will have enough power to give the youths in the GTIs something to think about.
Mercedes hasn’t provided 0 to 100km/h performance figures yet, but given the colossal power output, all-wheel drive and nine-speed gearbox, we’re willing to bet that it’ll be around the four second mark.
Expect to see it crushing hot hatches all around South Africa in the latter half of 2017.