The next generation MINI Countryman has been spied for the very first time, showing a considerably larger body.

The next generation MINI Countryman has been spied for the very first time, showing a considerably larger body.

It was only several months ago when MINI brought the facelifted 2015 Countryman to the New York Auto Show and now our spies have caught on camera the next generation model conducting preliminary testing. Programmed to come out in 2016 likely as a 2017 model year, the all-new Countryman appears to be bigger and it will probably end up being the largest MINI ever.

The model is set to ride on the UKL1 front-wheel drive platform adapted for an AWD layout and won't be produced by Magna Steyr in Graz as a report issued by Automotive News at the beginning of the year said BMW will end the contract with Austrian manufacturer Magna Steyr in 2016. Assembly of the Countryman (and Paceman) will be moved to Oxford, UK and Born, The Netherlands at the VDL NedCar factory where production of the all-new MINI started in July.

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