A touch of the South: Heading over the Alps to Merano in the MINI Cooper SD Countryman ALL4.

BMW:A touch of the South: Heading over the Alps to Merano in the MINI Cooper SD Countryman ALL4.

Munich. Spring comes earlier, summer stays longer,
and autumn also has its special charm in the South Tyrol region.
Italian lifestyle meets Austrian-German culture before a spectacular
mountain backdrop. Active holidaymakers will find ideal conditions for
cycling and hiking tours between Mediterranean vegetation and
spectacular rock formations, especially in the area around the
traditional spa town of Merano. And after the fruit and wine harvest,
numerous regional folk festivals and culinary specialities turn the
trip to South Tyrol into an journey of culinary delights.

Even Empress Elisabeth “Sisi” of Austria took on the rather
arduous journey at the time across the Alps to seek relaxation in
Merano and enjoy a breath of the South. Today, visitors can reach the
Etsch Valley quite quickly and comfortably via the Brenner motorway
and an express road called “MeBo”, which connects Merano
with Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol. But the fastest route is
rarely the most beautiful route to reach your destination. When
driving in a car which has been designed for versatile driving fun,
such as the MINI Cooper SD Countryman ALL4 (fuel consumption combined:
4.8 – 4.6 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 127 – 121 g/km)
the desire to take a more scenic route arises almost automatically.

Delivering a top output of 140 kW/190 hp and a maximum torque of 400
Nm generated by its 2.0-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine with MINI
TwinPower Turbo technology, the MINI Cooper SD Countryman ALL4 takes
on steep mountain passes in spirited style. Dirty or wet road
conditions don’t stand in its way since the electronically controlled
ALL4 all-wheel drive system responds to changes in traction conditions
within a few milliseconds. It distributes the power precisely between
the front and rear wheels and always directs it to where it can be
most effectively converted into driving fun. This also applies to
sporty cornering on the hairpin bends, where the ALL4 system is backed
by Performance Control and Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC).

There are a number of high alpine roads which cross the border from
Austria to Italy. At a maximum altitude of around 1,500 metres, the
Reschen Pass, which is passable in all seasons, is the lowest Alpine
crossing in this region. From Landeck, the road leads across the Inn
valley and the Nauders plateau to the Reschensee lake. The church
tower of Alt-Graun, which juts out of the water, still reminds us of
the villages that sank into the waters of the dammed lake after the
construction of a storage power station 70 years ago. Anyone leaving
the Brenner motorway near Sterzing can reach Merano via the Jaufen
Pass, which is located at almost 2.100 metres above sea level. This
connection is comparatively short, but with around 20 narrow bends it
offers plenty of opportunity to experience hallmark MINI go-kart
feeling. Even higher up is the Timmelsjoch, which connects the Ötztal
region in Austria with the Italian Passaier valley. Along the route,
at up to 2,500 metres, there are magnificent views of snow-capped
peaks and a landscape of alpine meadows, forests and barren rock.

Once in Merano, visitors immediately become aware of the
Mediterranean climate. This is due to the city’s location in a basin
into which mainly warm air from the south flows. And this is also why
palm trees and other Mediterranean plants thrive, as do the colourful
flowers and plants in the public parks in the city centre. Historical
buildings such as the municipal theatre and the Kurhaus (spa house)
remind us of Merano’s boom as a tourist resort in the late19th and
early 20th century. The extensive spa promenade on the banks of the
river Passer was also built at that time. The centre of the city,
which is closed to car traffic, is characterised by its picturesque
arcades (Lauben). Beneath magnificent arches, it is home to
old-established shops, cafés and restaurants that attract locals and
visitors alike.

You can enjoy plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures until well
into the autumn in South Tyrol. Not long afterwards, the action shifts
from the valley to the mountains. As soon as the first slopes are
covered with snow, numerous ski areas attract winter sports
enthusiasts. The youngest attraction for skiing enthusiasts is located
about 50 kilometres south-east of Merano. In the Carezza ski area, a
new cable car is currently being built featuring a mountain station
which is integrated into the rocky landscape almost invisibly. The
arrival hall is designed in the style of an atmospherically
illuminated cave and is thus reminiscent of the crystal palace from
the legend of the dwarf king Laurin, which is widespread in South
Tyrol. The Carezza ski area covers around 40 km of slopes and is a
popular destination for excursions and holidays, not only in winter.
The tourist area stretches from the high altitudes of the Dolomites to
Lake Carezza, where Empress “Sisi” spent the early summer
days more than 120 years ago.

In case of queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Matthias Bode, Spokesperson Communication MINI
Telephone:
+49-89-382-61742
E-mail: matthias.bode@mini.com

Andreas Lampka, Head of Communication MINI
Telephone: +49
89-382-23662
E-Mail: andreas.lampka@mini.com

Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communication MINI and BMW
Motorrad
Telephone: +49-89-382-35108
E-Mail: jennifer.ruckenbrod@bmwgroup.com

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The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, power
consumption and range are measured using the methods required
according to Regulation (EC) 2007/715 as amended. The information is
based on a vehicle with basic equipment in Germany, ranges take into
account differences in wheel and tyre size selected as well as
optional equipment and can change during configuration.

The information has already been calculated based on the new WLTP
test cycle and adapted to NEDC for comparison purposes. For these
vehicles, values other than those stated here may apply for
calculating taxes and other vehicle-related duties which are (also)
based on CO2 emissions.

More information about the official fuel consumption figures and
the official specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be
obtained from the “Guideline on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions
and power consumption of new passenger cars”, available free of
charge from all outlets, from Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH
(DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, and at
https://www.dat.de/co2/.

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