Mini’s biggest car is about to receive a second generation that will once again get the John Cooper Works treatment. We have the spy images to prove it.
It was just last week when a prototype of the 2017 Countryman JCW was caught on camera stretching at the ‘Ring and now another one was spotted. It has slightly less camouflage than the previous prototype, but that doesn’t really matter since we all know how it’s going to look like. Having seen the most recent JCW models, it’s not that hard to imagine how the not-so-mini crossover will look like in this range-topping edition.
The latest Minis in JCW guise have the dual exhaust tips sitting next to each other in the center of the rear bumper, and that could be the case for the Countryman as well. That’s why we believe this prototype did not have the final exhaust system, especially since the tips do not have the chrome finish you’ll notice on the other recent JCWs.
We already know the punchy crossover will make use of the same turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine delivering 228 horsepower (170 kilowatts) and 236 pound-feet (320 newton meters) of torque. It will work with a standard six-speed manual gearbox or an optional automatic, also with six speeds. Regardless of transmission choice, all those ponies will be delivered to both axles thanks to the All4 all-wheel-drive layout.
It will be a while until Mini will introduce this car, taking into account the regular, second-gen Countryman isn’t even out yet. The standard model will probably celebrate its world premiere in October at the Paris Motor Show, so the JCW won’t be out sooner than the beginning of 2017.
There are some rumors indicating Mini also has plans for a rugged Countryman with more off-road capabilities, plastic body cladding, and an increased ground clearance, but let’s just wait to see if these will pan out.