The next MINI Countryman has shed some of its camouflage and spy photographers have caught it testing in the snow.
The automaker, which is part of the BMW empire, wants to make its Countryman more capable for its next-generation model, and based on the latest spy photos, it looks like it will also grow in size. It appears to be longer and wider than the current Countryman, allowing more space for passengers and cargo. It also follows the trend that means MINI models aren’t exactly very mini anymore.
The next-generation Countryman will be built on the same platform as the BMW X1, meaning MINI will make it more of a crossover than a city car. Front-wheel drive will be standard, but all-wheel drive will be available as an option.
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The new MINI Countryman is expected to debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show in October and we will likely see a plethora of standard gasoline and diesel engines under the hood. The range-topping John Cooper Works (JCW) model will have around 231 horsepower while a plug-in-hybrid variant could have a total system output around 240 hp with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine paired to an electric motor.
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