We just received a new batch of spy photos depicting the second generation MINI Countryman planned for a 2016 market launch as a 2017MY.

We just received a new batch of spy photos depicting the second generation MINI Countryman planned for a 2016 market launch as a 2017MY.

Despite being facelifted only a few months ago, the Countryman is getting ready for a second generation and judging by what we see in these photos it seems the model will be further enlarged. Like all recent new-gen MINIs, the 2017 Countryman will adopt the UKL1 platform and will be offered with a standard front-wheel drive layout and an optional AWD system on select versions.

While the current Countryman facelift is being assembled by Magna Steyr in Graz, the new one will be produced in Oxford, UK and at the VDL NedCar factory in Born, The Netherlands where the regular three-door hatch has entered production back in July.

Set to arrive most likely towards the end of 2016, the all-new MINI Countryman will be offered with the same engines as the other models and will once again spawn a John Cooper Works (JCW) derivative to sit on top of the range with an estimated 230 bhp (172 kW) from a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine.

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