The second generation Mini Contryman continues to be the largest model on offer from the British automaker and grows even larger, has modern styling as well as new engines.
After the first generation lasted six years on the market, Mini is introducing the second generation Countryman – though the design evolution is rather subtle. The new styling is complimented by new engine options and an even larger body – with the first official public appearance scheduled for the upcoming LA Auto Show. The new design comes with the biggest changes up front, where the new fascia includes a split-grille design – separated by piano black plastic – as well as different designed standard LED headlamps and foglamps. The side includes some signature Mini quirkiness, and when we see the back it’s already hard to distinguish the two generations.
The new Countryman is bigger than ever, at almost eight inches longer – but does get an extensions of 2.9 inches to the wheelbase for 47.6 cubic feet of usable space with the rear seats folded. There are two new engine options – a 1.5-liter three-cylinder packing 134 horsepower (99 kilowatts) and 162 pound-feet (219 Newton-meters) of torque, as well as a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder delivering 189 horsepower (140 kilowatts) and 207 pound-feet (280 newton-meters) of torque. Both get front or AWD, and a standard six speed manual gearbox. Go for the Cooper S Countryman, the Cooper S Countryman All4, or the Cooper Countryman All4 and you can also opt for an eight-speed Steptronic automatic. Inside, the Countryman features even richer connectivity options: central instrument console with an 8.8-inch touchscreen display integrates an Open Mobility Cloud, as well as neat integration with iPhone or Apple Watch.