Mini’s recently updated Countryman SUV will soon receive a complete JCW makeover. Images courtesy of Auto Evolution show a prototype being put through its paces ahead of a public launch in spring 2017.
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2017 Mini Countryman JCW – styling
The prototype in these images sports bright yellow camouflage around its waist – disguising any features that differ from the recently revealed 2017 Countryman. Differences we can spot, however, include a number of larger air intakes in the front bumper and reshaped vents behind the front wheel. The prototype’s rear bumper looks almost identical to the Cooper S model but we do expect it to feature a few subtle modifications when it’s revealed to the public.
2017 Mini Countryman JCW – interior
This new Countryman’s interior has so far evaded the sharp-shooting lenses of spy photographers but we expect it to feature a number of sporty touches, similar to those fitted to the Mini hatchback JCW. The standard car’s stylish dashboard and revised infotainment system should be joined by contrasting trim pieces, supportive sports seats and good levels of standard equipment.
2017 Mini Countryman JCW – engine and driving
The Countryman JCW is expected to come fitted with the same 231hp turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine as the Hatchback JCW. Thanks to its larger body and greater weight, however, it’s unlikely the Countryman will be able to match the three door’s 0-62mph sprint time of 6.3 seconds.
In pursuit of more involving handling and a more aggressive look, lowered suspension and larger alloy wheels will probably come fitted to this new JCW model. Unfortunately, while it might be more fun to drive than the standard car, it may not be quite as comfortable over rough roads.
2017 Mini Countryman JCW – price and release date
The new Countryman JCW should go on sale in early 2017. Entry-level cars are expected to cost from approximately £32,000 while top spec versions could set you back as much as £36,000.
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