Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: CarPix for AutoIndustriya.com | posted September 13, 2016 12:03
Bigger, sleeker 2017 Mini Countryman caught testing
The next-generation Mini Countryman will indeed be bigger after our spies managed to snap some photos of the thinly-disguised five-door.
As mentioned, the 2017 Countryman appears to have grown marginally which could make for better interior and cargo space. Underpinned by the same new platform as the BMW X1, the Countryman may also feel more like an SUV than a city car on stilts. This somehow confirms our previous report wherein Mini stated that the F60 Countryman will be an “authentic SUV”.
In terms of design, the front grill has been reshaped while a new front bumper with tweaked foglights give the Countryman a fresh look. Further back, the 2017 Countryman also gets a sleeker roofline and a slightly longer third-row window.
According to our spies, there will be a plug-in hybrid variant of the Countryman. It will reportedly be driven by a 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo that is helped along by an electric motor that will apparently produce 103 PS and 250 Nm of torque. Total system output is expected to be at 240 PS.
The global unveiling of the 2017 Mini Countryman is expected to happen at this year's Paris Motor Show. However, it is also highly likely that Mini push back the F60 Countryman's debut until the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.