A new report indicates the second generation MINI Countryman will be transformed into an “authentic SUV.”
A new report indicates the second generation MINI Countryman will be transformed into an "authentic SUV."
It will be an all-new model featuring a significantly more rugged design inspired by the MINI All4 Racing developed for Dakar Rally while the body is bound to be stretched by 150 mm and widened by at least 10 mm. The increase in size will also bring a roomier cabin and a more spacious trunk compared to the outgoing model which has a 450-liter capacity.
The new Countryman (F60) will ride on the same UKL platform as the other MINIs so it will employ the four-wheel drive system as seen in the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer. It will allegedly be out by the end of next year, after the Cabriolet's launch due later this year with the same two-stage folding fabric roof.
In related news, MINI is apparently cooking up two new members and one of them is expected to be a sister car to the 2-Series Active Tourer tentatively called MINI Traveller MPV while the other might be a production Rocketman which could serve as the company's entry-level model.
Further down the line, the MINI lineup could be expanded with a crossover coupe in the same vein as the unreleased BMW X2 along with a plug-in hybrid derivative of the six-door Clubman. The report goes on to specify a hot 300 bhp all-wheel drive Clubman is on the agenda to rival the Volkswagen Golf R Variant as well as a Countryman with real off-road capabilities.
Lastly, BMW and MINI are still pondering whether there should be a production version of the well-received Superleggera concept. If green-lighted, chances are it will go on sale sometime in 2019 and could be positioned as a rival to the Mazda MX-5.