2018 MINI Countryman spy shots image

The first images with the future generation of the MINI Countryman have surfaced and they are showing a test mule which has been spotted at a gas station.

Despite the facelifted version of the Countryman has been recently introduced, the British based automaker is currently working on a new generation of the model, which should be completely new compared to the outgoing one. A test mule of such a vehicle has been spotted recently, by our spy photographers, while filling up its tank at a gas station.

In order to further separate the new MINI Cooper five-door hatchback and the Countryman, the car manufacturer will focus on updating the last one which will become similar to the future BMW X1 generation, which is rather weird, considering the fact that BMW owns the MINI brand. Even so, don’t expect any similarities in design between the two models because the “British” one will still be instantly recognizable as a MINI.

The 2018 MINI Countryman is expected to get the trademark circular headlights, the chrome grille, the wraparound windscreen and it will be riding on the UKL1 front-wheel drive platform, shared with the new X1, with the future FAST (Family Active Sports Tourer) and probably some future models in the company’s lineup. Expect versions such as the Cooper, the S, the SD and the John Cooper Works of the new Countryman, along with a new engine generation, which will include new downsized units, including the 3-cylinder turbocharged ones. Additional details on the topic remain unknown for the moment.