The 2017 Countryman has been spied drifting on a frozen lake in Scandinavia.

The 2017 Countryman has been spied drifting on a frozen lake in Scandinavia.

Looking instantly recognizable, the model has an evolutionary design with a familiar grille and distinctive greenhouse. The camouflage hides a lot of styling details but we can see a sloping roofline, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and extended wheel arches.

The styling changes are subtle but the model will ride on the company's new UKL platform which should enable it to be larger and lighter than its predecessor.

Engine options remain unconfirmed but will likely carryover from the Cooper. This means we can expect a variety of options including:

  • A 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder with 134 bhp (100 kW) and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) of torque
  • A 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder with 189 bhp (141 kW) and 280 Nm (207 lb-ft) of torque
  • A 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder with 228 bhp (170 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque.

 

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