We spotted the prototype of Mini’s new generation Countryman several times until now, but never this one. That is because the testing vehicle isn’t the regular but the high-performance model, which will enter into the all-new suit at the same time as the standard version. Compared to the regular model, the prototype of the 2017 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman features a little bit more aggressive exterior and definitely better drivetrain.
2017 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman: Styling and Tech
The new styling sports more aggressive bumper, as well as the larger wheels, different type of tires and bigger brakes. It also gets bigger air intakes and red calipers, which are the biggest proof that we are looking at the new-gen 2017 Mini JCW Countryman. The front end has two additional vertical vents on each corner, while the rear end features its own taillight design and completely different exhaust outlets with a small diffuser. Crossover’s interior will likely include pretty the same stuff as the new Mini Cooper JCW, so you can expect an 8.8-inch infotainment touchscreen, sports seats wrapped in leather, as well as JCW’s distinctive steering wheel.
2017 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman: Engines and Rumors
The 2017 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman will be offered with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that will deliver 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The power will be sent to all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Still, if you more prefer the manual there will be a 6-speed gearbox in the offers too. The car manufacturer plans to introduce the hybrid drivetrain, but we are not sure it will power the 2017 Mini JCW Countryman. In any case, the plug-in hybrid model should get around 200 hp and 258lb-ft, which will come from a 1.5-liter engine and electric motor that will be placed into the Z-axle and will run the rear wheels only.
2017 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman: Price and Arrival
The new generation JCW Countryman is rumored to cost around $35K, and we expect to see it first at the upcoming Paris Motor Show in October alongside the standard model.