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Roof tent gives Mini Countryman owners a home on the road

Roof tent gives Mini Countryma...
The new AirTop roof tent specifically designed for the Mini Countryman
The new AirTop roof tent specifically designed for the Mini Countryman
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The new AirTop roof tent specifically designed for the Mini Countryman
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The new AirTop roof tent specifically designed for the Mini Countryman
The AirTop provides an interior height of 94 cm (37 in) above a cozy sleeping area for two measuring 2.1 x 1.3 m (6.9 x 4.3 ft)
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The AirTop provides an interior height of 94 cm (37 in) above a cozy sleeping area for two measuring 2.1 x 1.3 m (6.9 x 4.3 ft)
The special edition AirTop roof tent can be mounted on a Countryman's roof without requiring any tools
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The special edition AirTop roof tent can be mounted on a Countryman's roof without requiring any tools
Deploying the tent just involves releasing two safety clasps at the front and two at the rear, which will trigger four gas pressure springs to automatically raise the tent superstructure
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Deploying the tent just involves releasing two safety clasps at the front and two at the rear, which will trigger four gas pressure springs to automatically raise the tent superstructure

At 20 cm (7.9 in) longer than its predecessor, the latest Countryman is the biggest model in Mini's 57-year history, and with the ALL4 all-wheel drive system and even an integrated Picnic Bench available as options, Mini is helping the vehicle live up to its name. Italian company Autohome has now made it easier for Countryman owners to extend their outdoor stay with a roof tent specifically designed for the car.

Designed by Autohome in collaboration with the Mini Design Team, the special edition AirTop roof tent can be mounted on a Countryman's roof without requiring any tools. However, this will require a roof rail carrier accessory available from Mini. Once fitted, the unit looks like a transport box, with the fiber-glass housing aerodynamically shaped to reduce air resistance and wind noise.

Deploying the tent just involves releasing two safety clasps at the front and two at the rear, which will trigger four gas pressure springs to automatically raise the tent superstructure. This provides an interior height of 94 cm (37 in) above a cozy sleeping area for two measuring 2.1 x 1.3 m (6.9 x 4.3 ft) that houses a high-density mattress complete with cotton cover.

The rain proof tent features two doors and two windows with zips, with close-meshed nets to keep mozzies at bay on all openings and a battery-powered LED providing interior lighting. There's also luggage nets and pockets for storage, and the tent fabric is claimed to provide good ventilation, but good heat and noise insulation at the same time. An aluminum ladder is included for climbing up to tent floor level.

The special edition AirTop roof tent is available from Autohome in white or black to match the contrasting roof/side mirror caps of the Countryman. It's priced at €2,836 (US$3,100).

The video below shows the tent being raised and lowered.

Source: BMW

The AUTOHOME roof tent for the new MINI Countryman

1 comment
Wolf0579
Why are people so afraid of being on the ground?!? If you're going out into the woods, be there, when you are there. Sleeping on top of the car makes no sense unless there are army ants. This will leave Sasquatch really scratching his or her head.