Barely three years into its lifecycle, Mini has announced a raft of changes to its Countryman crossover which, the automaker said, underlines its modern take on practicality. Image galleryEnhancements to the Countryman include new rings – in carbon black with a high-gloss inner or in chrome - for the speedometer and air vents, new door inserts with remodeled armrests and controls for the windows now housed in the door trim (rather than on the centre console as is the Mini way). MORE CABIN SPACEIn fact, a full control panel is integrated into the driver’s door armrest with switches for the windows, rear window controls and exterior mirror adjustment. This move has also freed up some space in the centre console where a larger storage compartment will be found. Further changes to the Countryman include an updated range of interior and exterior colours (including Brilliant Copper and Blazing Red metallics), trim options and colour lines.Six engine options will be available in Europe, with outputs ranging from 66 to 135kW, while chances are the South African line-up will continue to comprise the Cooper and Cooper S versions with the addition of the turbocharged 160kW John Cooper Works model. Five-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions will again drive the Countryman’s wheels. Mini’s All4 all-wheel drive system (derived from big brother BMW’s xDrive system) will again be fitted as standard on the top models. The modifications designed for the Countryman will be rolled out across all model variants from November, 2012 production with the first units – including the potent John Cooper Works – expected in South Africa from early 2013.