BMW's Mini Cooper Countryman made its debut in India with a price tag starting from ₹25.60 lakh.

The luxury car maker launched the diesel variant of Mini Cooper in the sub-continent a few weeks after the announcement that it will start begin manufacturing the compact crossover SUV at its Chennai plant. The company's first diesel car for the Indian market is available in all Mini dealerships across the country.

The new Mini Cooper D Countryman hit the Indian roads with two options - Countryman and Countryman High. Both models come with a 1.6-litre diesel engine which delivers 122 PS of power and 270 Nm of torque. They are priced aggressively in the market to take on the soon-to-be-launched Mercedes Benz A Class. The newly launched vehicles will be imported to India as Complete Knocked-Down (CKD) kits and will be assembled at the Chennai plant. The Mini Cooper D Countryman is priced ₹25.6 lakhs and the Countryman High for ₹28.9 lakh.

BMW has already kick-started production of the Mini Countryman range in Chennai and is expected to launch the vehicle next year. According to earlier reports, the local production of the Mini vehciles will bring down their cost in India by around ₹10 lakhs.

"A new chapter is set to be written in MINI's global success story as cars from the British premium brand roll off an assembly line outside Europe for the first time. The Group today announced the commencement of local production of MINI Countryman at BMW Plant near Chennai," BMW India had earlier said in a statement.