The 2017 MINI Countryman has been revealed and, just like its predecessor, it moves very much into the Austin Maxi way of thinking by being bigger, better equipped and more distant from the original entry-level hatchback. However, the Countryman is a product which will bring more economies of scale to the MINI marque, as it comes into line with BMW’s platform strategy by being based on the underpinnings of the 2 Series Active Tourer.
The 2017 Mini Countryman is bigger on the inside, too, with a bigger boot – 450 litres seats up, 1309 seats down, a 220-litre improvement over the previous Countryman, larger rear doors and more space for passengers and driver.
The engine and equipment package now falls in line with the rest of the MINI range, gaining the F56’s huge centre dial with a touchscreen option. It’s powered by the same range of three- and four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engines, and also comes with a plug-in hybrid variant.
The Mini Cooper S E Countryman All4 combines its 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with an 87bhp electric motor driving the rear wheels for 221bhp and 284lb ft. MINI claims a 0-60mph of 6.7 seconds. No prices have been announced for this model yet.
The base Cooper trim starts at £22,465, while the flagship MINI Cooper SD ALL4 Countryman weighs in at £29,565 before options, and the range goes on sale in February 2017.