A new Mini Countryman prototype has been spotted undergoing testing in images courtesy of Motor Authority. We can see the new model wearing noticeably less camouflage than before, getting our best clue yet as to what it will look like when it goes on sale in 2017.
Not only will this new Countryman look subtly different to the outgoing model but it’s been reported it will be both longer and wider, too. As a result, interior space and boot volume could both be improved. Read on for everything we know so far…
The current Countryman’s distinctive contrasting roof and blacked-out pillars appear to have been retained by the new version, as have its thick black wheel arches and boxy crossover styling.
Besides its slightly larger dimensions, the most noticeably modification is a slightly simpler grille and a revised rear end. The number plate is now fitted to a recessed panel in the boot lid rather than to rear bumper. This new look – one that mirrors the smaller Mini hatchback and 5-door models – should help the new Countryman appear more compact than its predecessor.
The new model is based on a platform shared with the Mini Clubman, Mini Convertible and the BMW X1. This chassis will allow Mini to offer both front and four-wheel drive options and a selection of proven engines – entry-level models should come with a 1.5-litre three-cylinder unit while Cooper S models will receive a more powerful 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine.
All engines will feature turbocharging to help boost both performance and fuel economy – range topping JCW models could produce as much as 228hp. Mini could also fit the electric motors and batteries currently fitted to the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer to produce a plug-in hybrid version of the new Countryman as a rival to the Volkswagen Golf GTE.
2017 Mini Countryman price and release date
When it goes on sale in early 2017 we expect basic models to cost approximately £17,000 – high-spec JCW versions could cost more than £33,000, however. It’s likely Mini will reveal the finished car to the public in late 2016, possibly at the LA Auto Show in November.
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Mini Countryman latest news (updated February 2016)
New photos show a prototype Mini Countryman undergoing winter testing, suggesting an all-new model could hit the roads before the end of 2016. The rest of the Mini range has already had a significant makeover in recent years and a replacement for the brand’s current crossover SUV would complete the refreshed line-up.
No details have been officially announced but images courtesy of Motor Authority show camouflaged prototypes in advanced stages of development. Before it arrives, there will be great savings on the outgoing model so put the current Mini Countryman in our car configurator to see the deals carwow could help you get.
2016 Mini Countryman styling
The all-new Countryman’s design looks only subtly different to the outgoing model. The chunky black wheelarches, large wheels and slightly raised ground clearance give the Countryman a clear crossover identity. This is enhanced by a front grille that’s slightly more brash than the regular hatchback’s.
The current ‘floating’ roofline (courtesy of blacked-out pillars) appears to be present on the new model, along with the large rounded headlight pods. The familiar front grille looks to remain unchanged but the bumper-mounted fog lights have been pushed closer to the centre of the car in a restyled bumper.
At the rear, two small black bumper inserts have been replaced by reflectors but little else has changed. The twin exhausts on this camouflaged Countryman indicate it’s one of the faster Cooper S or Cooper SD models.
2016 Mini Countryman interior
We expect the new Countryman to feature a more conventional centre-console with an infotainment screen replacing the large, centrally mounted speedo fitted to older Minis. The new Clubman interior (shown above) gives us a taste of what to expect from the new Countryman.
The new car will be based on the same basic UKL1 platform as the Clubman, the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer and new BMW X1. This chassis’ versatility allows the Countryman to be extended compared to smaller Minis, offering more interior space than the outgoing model. Like other models in the Mini lineup, the cabin will probably have more emphasis on style than class leading space but will still be more practical than any other current Mini.
2016 Mini Countryman engines
The new Countryman range is predicted to include two turbo petrol engines – a small 1.5-litre three-cylinder unit in entry-level models and a more powerful 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine in Cooper S variants. Diesel models will also come in 1.5- and 2.0-litre variants with the most efficient models possibly sneaking under the 100g/km of CO2 limit for tax-free motoring.
Four-wheel drive and both six- and eight-speed automatic gearboxes will likely be optional extras on most Countryman models. It’s possible that a similar plug-in hybrid system to that used in the 2 Series Active Tourer eDrive could be fitted to the new Mini Countryman – possibly replicating the BMW’s excellent 141mpg average fuel economy.
2016 Mini Countryman price and release date
The new 2016 Mini Countryman is expected to be priced similarly to the current model. This means entry-level cars would cost from £17,000 while range-topping John Cooper Works models could cost up to £33,000.
No official release date has been confirmed yet but a production ready Countryman will almost certainly be revealed later in 2016, with new models going on sale in late 2016 or early 2017.
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