It looks like the updated 2015 Countryman won’t last long, because the carmaker already works on the new generation compact SUV, which will be introduced sometime next year, as the 2017 Mini Countryman. Judging to the latest spy photos, the successor seems to feature completely different exterior styling, more rugged and boxier.
2017 Mini Countryman: Changes and Features
The exterior differences won’t be the most important changes on the 2017 Mini Countryman. The compact crossover will get the new UKL platform, which is exactly the same architecture founded in the next generation BMW X1. In addition, the next Countryman will add several inches in width and in length, which should provide much needed room in the cabin. The redesigned interior will also include all-new safety features like a head-up display, collision and pedestrian warning systems, a parking assistant, and a speed limit info setup.
Under the hood, the 2017 Mini Countryman will likely continue with a standard front-wheel drive and an optional ALL4 all-wheel-drive system. The base model will come with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine. The second variant will get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder mill, which would be able to produce 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. However, the biggest news will be a plug-in hybrid model that is rumored to combine a 1.5-liter unit with 110 HP and an electric motor with 90 HP. Together, the plug-in hybrid SUV will have 200 HP and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque powerful drivetrain, which will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and be able to cross around 20 miles on EV mode. Except of the 8-speed auto, the drivetrains will be matted to six-speed manual and six-speed automatic gearboxes.
Like we said, a debut should take place in 2016, just don’t expect to see the new generation Countryman in the showrooms before the 2017.