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2022 MINI Countryman Boardwalk Edition inspired by the sea, coming in April

The 2022 MINI Countryman Boardwalk Edition is a special edition offering.

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MINI is all about the special editions these days. From the Mini Cooper Paddy Hopkirk Edition to the MINI Cooper 1499 GT Special Edition and MINI Countryman Oxford Edition, to the new 2022 Mini Countryman Boardwalk Edition.

The 2022 Countryman Boardwalk Edition builds on the Countryman Cooper S, the company's highest horsepower variant. It gets 189 horsepower and tops out at 140 mph. A Cooper S ALL4 variant is also available adding all-wheel drive to the model.

The new special edition model takes its name from the strips of wood that create a walking path to and from beaches, lakes, swamps, and oceans. It wears a Deep Laguna Metallic body color that is complemented by the black contrast finish on the roof and matching exterior mirror caps. It rides on black 18-inch Pin Spoke wheels and wears Piano Black Exterior Trim.

2022 MINI Countryman Boardwalk Edition

2022 Mini Countryman Boardwalk Edition

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Standard features on the model include LED fog lights and headlights, keyless entry, power-folding mirrors, auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors, satellite radio, navigation, heated front seats, and automatic climate control.

Inside the cabin, the Boardwalk Edition gets a Leather Cross Punch Black scheme, a Harman/Kardon Premium Sound System, and MINI's Touchscreen Navigation Package. The Boardwalk Edition also comes equipped with door sills, roof and dashboard graphics, as well as special Boardwalk side scuttles. It also includes the Storage Pack, which adds a folding cargo floor and two additional USB-C ports for second-row passengers.

MINI has upgraded many models for the 2022 model year but the Countryman is not one of them. It received its latest refresh last year.

The 2022 Mini Countryman Boardwalk Edition will be available in all 116 of MINI's U.S. dealerships in April. It was a starting MSRP of $38,365. All-wheel drive models start at $40,365. All vehicles are subject to a $850 handling charge.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

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A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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The 2023 Eclipse Cross gets standard all-wheel drive.

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Mitsubishi offers the 2023 Eclipse Cross in four trims: ES, LE, SE, and SEL. Pricing for the line starts at $27,090, which includes a $1,295 destination charge. The range-topping Eclipse Cross SEL with Touring Package starts at $32,690.

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The Eclipse Cross picks up standard all-wheel drive for 2023, which is Mitsubishi's Super All-Wheel control. The system uses Adaptive Stability Control, Anti-Lock Brakes, and Active Yaw Control to assist with torque vectoring, which shifts power between the rear wheels that need it most.

Mitsubishi updated the Eclipse Cross for the 2022 model year, which brought an updated grille and more LED lighting than anyone would ever need. The stacked light design combines headlights and foglight in a low-mounted position for better visibility and to avoid blinding oncoming traffic. The 2023 model year brings new available 18-inch wheels and standard body-color lower trim for the SE trim and above.

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