Mini enthusiast circles have been buzzing this week about the rumor of the 2012 Countryman getting a rear bench option, and after emailing a Mini spokesperson, we are able to confirm that the option will be available. This will be Mini’s first model to have five-passenger capacity, and give the Countryman the same passenger capacity as other key compact crossover rivals, such as the Nissan Juke, Volkswagen Tiguan and Hyundai Tucson.
Mini’s first crossover utility entry starts at $22,350 for the normally-aspirated base Cooper model, with the top-of-the-line turbocharged Cooper S All-4 going for $27,650. Mini is well-known for offering a multitude of options on its models, many priced in the four-figure range, making it relatively easy to swell the sticker by more than $10,000 in some cases.
An email placed to a Mini public relations rep was returned in the affirmative, that the Countryman will indeed offer a rear bench option for 2012. No further details were given in terms of pricing and calendar availability.
Source: Mini USA