The British automobile manufacturer unveiled their new Mini lineup five years ago. During this time the developers, the designers and the engineers of this car have been working on the creation of a new generation of this car. Presumably, the Countryman of the second generation will be introduced to the public in autumn 2016.
In the design of the front part, the grille, the upgraded bumper as well as the aggressive hood are rather eye-catching. Judging by the shots of the photospies, the connection line of the front bumper with the body elements have changed, contributing to the more original, fresh model look.
The body of the novelty has increased in its dimensions. The larger spoiler is located on the door of the luggage compartment. The fenders emphasize the sporty style of the car. Three fresh colors of the body as well as the gloss coating for the rear view mirrors housing and the roof have become available for a new countryman.
Summing up the external appearance, it can be announced that the updated car is considered to be more serious, aggressive and defiant. Thanks to the increased dimensions, this model is quite different from a “mini”, so that it is more like a reliable compact SUV.
The Car Interior
There is not enough information as for the interior. It can be noted that the gearbox selector is made of the chrome steel, and the dashboard has been slightly improved. The manufacturer claims that the insulation has become twice as good as before.
This kind of solution would become a great advantage for the future owners, as the current version insulation is barely satisfactory. The interior is maintained in a modern design, increasing space between the seats. The instrument panel is likely to be performed in its classic style, with round modernized wells for appliances.
The list of equipment includes the navigation system, the touch screen display, wireless connection, the air conditioning, the multimedia system and many others. Apparently, the novelty will feature a new Car Security as well as various Driver Assistance Systems.
Changes in Dimensions
It is rumored that the 2017 countryman will increase in length by 150 mm, which generally will be 4250 mm, and extend by 10 mm to 1800 mm. The manufacturer plans to follow the Japanese companies’ decisions concerning their models of such a plan – to organize the capacity for the oversized auto which can be compared with the mid- size crossover of a higher class.
According to unofficial information there will be the same amount of space inside the new car as in the Nissan Qashqai.
The luggage compartment offers 450 liters of storage space.
The 2017 countryman will be developed on the similar platform as the BMW X1, therefore it can be suggested that the option list of the BMW will be also applied in this model. Due to the high competition, the Mini manufacturer is simply obliged to equip this car with a Head-Up Display as well as with an adaptive suspension.
There is information that the 2017 countryman will inherit the engine range from the Cooper. Thus, the versions of petrol and diesel powertrains will include the 1.5 liter three-cylinder engine, producing 134 horsepower; the two-liter four-cylinder turbo engine with a capacity of 189 hp.
But the flagship of the lineup will be a four-cylinder twin-turbo engine designed for the maximum production of 228 hp, with a capacity of two liters. All power units meet current environmental requirements.
But the most important thing in this model is that it will become more off-road, due to the use of the all-wheel drive system, equipped with the electro-hydraulic clutch on the rear axle from the compact BMW 2-Series Active Tourer.
In contrast to the current model, the development of the new Coutryman will be no longer held in Graze, but in Oxford (the UK) and by the Dutch VDL Nedcar Company, where in summer of the last year the production of a new Cooper was already launched.
There are rumors in the air that some time later, after the second generation of the countryman appearing on the markets, the manufacturer will release the three-door modification of this model with a sloping roof.
It is currently unknown whether the Mini Countryman will be available on the national market. If this car would still be delivered to USA, it will happen in the second half of 2016 or even later.
Today, the price for the novelty is kept as a secret, the manufacturer said nothing about it in order to intrigue the brand fans with the fresh model, but some experts argue that the price tag on this car will start with $25 000.