Report: Next-Generation Mini Countryman Will Be Bigger, More Rugged

The Countryman grows up.

A new report from Autocar outlines details on the upcoming next-generation Mini Countryman. The new Countryman is expected to be much more SUV-like, with larger proportions than the outgoing model.

The current generation Mini Countryman was bashed for its design and appearance as merely a MINI Cooper with a mild lift kit. Now, according to Autocar, parent company BMW revealed the upcoming Mini Countryman will be an "authentic SUV".

The new SUV will be 167.32 inches long, a bump of 5.9 inches over the current model. The overall width increases by 0.4 inches as well.

Visually, look for influences from Mini's Dakar-winning X-Raid race truck. The new Countryman is expected to be more rugged and capable than the current glorified mall-cruiser. Along with the normal SUV, an off-road capable Countryman variant will spawn, most likely in coupe form.

The new SUV is one of five upcoming "core" models, including an exciting Superleggera roadster, subcompact Mini Minor, and an updated Clubman van. AUTOMOBILE's European Bureau Chief Gerog Kacher covered the future of Mini extensively in a Deep Dive feature.

Engines will likely be a combination of new powertrains, including the 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder found in the base Mini Cooper as the base Countryman engine. The Countryman S will adopt the Cooper S hatch's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, and the top-tier John Cooper Works variant will receive the uprated, 228-hp version of that same four-cylinder. A plug-in hybrid model has been spied testing as well.

Look for more details on the next-generation of Mini Countryman later this year.

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