MINI Developing More Capable Countryman

MINI Developing More Capable Countryman

The rumor mill is churning like the business end of an industrial mixer, and sources indicate two brand-new MINI models are on the way.

Apparently, the iconic British builder of premium small cars is hard at work on two models. The cars in question include a new cabriolet as well as a redesigned Countryman crossover.

The former, fair-weather model should seat four passengers and feature a folding fabric roof. The drop-top MINI is expected to go on sale early next spring after being revealed sometime this year.

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As for the Countryman, this vehicle is expected to be transformed into something far more rugged than its current iteration. Supposedly, it will take design cues from the company’s X-Raid, which is a four-time winner of the Dakar race. But any changes they make will not be just in the styling department; the vehicle is also likely to get more capable.

Based on MINI’s UKL platform, which underpins the Clubman, the next-generation Countryman is expected to be longer, wider and appreciably more capacious than today’s model. All-wheel drive will be provided by the same system found in BMW’s 2 Series Active Tourer.

[Source: Autocar]

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