The 2017 MINI Countryman has been spied undergoing some last minute cold weather testing.

The 2017 MINI Countryman has been spied undergoing some last minute cold weather testing.

Slated to be introduced sometime sometime next year, the crossover has an evolutionary design but adopts a new front fascia with an enlarged grille and restyled headlights.  The déjà vu design continues further back as there's extended fender flares, a sloping roof and a tailgate-mounted spoiler.

Engine options will carryover from the Cooper, so expect a variety of petrol and diesel units including a 1.5-liter three-cylinder with 134 bhp (100 kW) and 162 lb-ft (220 Nm) of torque as well as a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 189 bhp (141 kW) and 207 lb-ft (280 Nm) of torque. There should also be a range-topping John Cooper Works variant with a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine that develops 228 bhp (170 kW) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque.

Update: Nürburgring spy photos added

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