The Countryman was launched in 2010 and contributes to around one-third of Mini’s total sales. The second generation Countryman will be launched in the Q4 2016 and will feature a more rugged body design – influenced by the Mini X-Raid which has won the Dakar Rally four times since 2012.
A new report from Autocar sheds several details about the next-gen crossover. It will be more spacious than its predecessor with the length expected to be 4.25 m and the width to be at least 10 mm more than the current generation. The boot space, which is 450 litres presently, will also be increased. It will be an “authentic SUV” and be significantly more spacious than the current generation, as per the report.
The 2017 Countryman (codename: F60) will be based on BMW’s front-wheel drive (FWD) UKL platform. It will be offered with the same four-wheel drive system as the 2 Series Active Tourer. Apart from the Mini family’s turbocharged petrol and diesel engine options, a plug-in hybrid powertrain is also planned to be offered. The plug-in hybrid variant is currently under development with technology borrowed from the 2 Series Active Tourer eDrive which is said to have its official debut and market launch next year.
The Countryman is part of the five ‘Superhero’ cars that Mini wants to restrict its line-up to. The company announced last month that it will focus only on 5 core models in the future.