Debut of official car: 2nd Half of Year
The coming two years promise to be particularly frenzied for Mini. The car manufacturer is starting to renew its entire range of vehicles in 2023 and 2024, including the Countryman. Our visualizations are designed to give you a hint of how the all-new edition could present itself, probably hitting the road at some point during the latter part of the year.
These representations evoke a familiar Mini model. The domed hood and square roof remain intact, along with the robust sides. Nevertheless, it is anticipated that Mini will shrink the headlights of the Countryman to give it a novel grille formation. Spied photography from over a year before revealed the interior of the Countryman, however this is not depicted in the renderings. The pics displayed a small oblong instrument cluster, complemented by a large circular infotainment screen at the core of the dashboard.
Added evidence from recent spy shots and some teaser pics has created the perception that the upcoming Countryman is substantially bigger than its predecessor, so much so that it is expected to extend up to 14.7 feet (4.5 meters) in length. That would make it Mini’s biggest car ever, leaving space for another highly anticipated vehicle — the Aceman.
It is anticipated that the new Countryman will adopt BMW Group’s FAAR (UKL2) chassis, which is also utilized in concerning the BMW X1 as well as the battery-powered iX1. Furthermore, Mini is projected to craft the current Countryman in Germany together with the BMW 1 Series, 2 Series Grand Coupe and 2 Series Active Tourer.
The BMW and Mini’s electric vehicles might use the same powertrains, resulting in the Countryman having a duo of electric motors making a combined 313 hp (230 kW) and 364 lb-ft (494 Nm) of torque. An autonomy of up to 438 kilometers (272 miles) can be obtained from a single charge of the car’s 64.7 kWh battery cell.
The John Cooper Works variant could be fitted with a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder engine complemented by an electric motor which equates to 326 hp (239 kW) and a 90 km (56 mi) zero-emission range. Moreover, other potential powertrain choices include mild-hybrid petrol engines and non-electric diesel units.
Mini has yet to disclose when they intend on introducing the upcoming Countryman. However, it’s envisaged that the car will likely be unveiled later in 2021 prior to hitting showrooms sometime in 2024. As far as costs go, this is still unknown, but with the vehicle set to expand in size, its price point should also increase.