Mini’s ALL4 all-wheel drive system is now available as an option on both the Mini Cooper Countryman and Mini Cooper Paceman from July 2013.

Fitted with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard, but with a 6-speed automatic option, the new models join the eight existing AWD vehicles in the Mini line-up.

The ALL4 permanent four-wheel drive allows for enhanced traction and driving stability, particularly in slippery conditions such as sand or snow.

The system uses an electromagnetic centre differential to distribute drive force at continuously variable levels between the front and rear axles. The electronic control systems are integrated directly in the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) control unit.

The Mini Cooper Countryman ALL4 and Mini Cooper Paceman ALL4 are powered by a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine with an output of 90 kW/122 bhp and maximum torque of 160 Newton metres (190 Nm with automatic transmission).  The Mini Cooper Countryman ALL4 sprints from 0 to 62 mph in 11.9 seconds (automatic: 11.7 seconds), with a top speed of 114 mph.

The Mini Cooper Paceman ALL4 is slightly faster, recording an 11.8 second (automatic: 11.6 seconds) 0 to 62 mph time and a 115 mph top speed.