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Report: Next-gen Mini Countryman to be an authentic SUV

Report: Next-gen Mini Countryman to be an authentic SUV image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Mini | posted July 21, 2015 12:54

New-generation Countryman, rumored lineup expansion detailed

The next-generation Mini Countryman is currently being developed and will apparently be an 'authentic' SUV according to sources within parent company, BMW AG.

According to AutoCar UK, Mini plans to make the second-generation Countryman (codenamed F60) to be more rugged and to have larger body dimensions than the current model on sale. It is expected to be 4,250mm long (4,110mm current) and will be at least 10mm wider than the R60 Countryman (1,789mm).

Details about the F60 Countryman's interior remain scarce though sources say that it will have a roomier cabin and a bigger trunk space.

Platform-wise, it will still be underpinned by the company's UKL platform which Mini uses for all of its nameplates. Available engines were not yet stated though the all-wheel drive system will still be available for the upcoming Countryman.

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The second-generation Mini Countryman is expected to go on sale near the end of 2016.

Besides the upcoming Mini SUV, the automaker is also considering to expand their model lineup and customer base with an MPV, crossover, a plug-in hybrid and a high performance wagon.

In detail, the planned MPV is rumored to be called the Mini Traveller and may become the sister model of BMW's 2 Series Active Tourer while the crossover will likely be based on the new Countryman but will have a coupe-like body.

As for the plug-in hybrid and wagon, it is reported that it will be based off the new Clubman. The hybrid model will use a rear axle-mounted electric motor that will provide additional power or pure electric power while the high-performance wagon is rumored to be fitted with a 304 PS turbocharged inline-four that is connected to an all-wheel drive system.

Note: Pictured above is the current-generation R60 Mini Countryman

Source: AutoCar UK