Exclusive: First Spy Shots of the Mini Countryman
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Exclusive: First Spy Shots of the Mini Countryman

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The new Mini Countryman will start in 2018 and rumours say that it will have a big brother that could be named Traveller.

The UKL platform used for the new Mini generation, for the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and the future BMW X1/X2 will serve as a base for the new Countryman.

Expect much larger proportions, making the new Countryman the biggest Mini available on arrival, with bulging wheelarches and extensive use of rugged body cladding to mark it out as the new range-topper. But the latest Countryman wouldn’t be a Mini without the trademark circular headlamps, chrome grille and wraparound windscreen.

There are rumours regarding a Countyrman big brother, that could be named Traveller. The Countryman should be oriented towards lifestyle, meanwhile the Traveller will be more practical, more spacious, looking at the territory of the VW Tiguan.

As in the case of the 2 Series Active Tourer, the Countryman will be available with front or four wheel drive. The model range will consist of the Cooper, the Cooper S, the Cooper SD and the John Cooper Works, all using the new downsized and turbocharged three and four cylinder engines with better performance and enhanced efficiency. The 2-liter petrol turbo will develop 190, 245 and even 300 HP for the John Cooper Works. The diesel fans will choose from three 2-liter engines with 150, 190 and 231 HP.

The Mini family will be completed with the new Clubman and the new convertible. There are rumours that a new Paceman is not on the list for the future.

In the same time, Mini is looking for a solution to replace the unsuccessful Roadster and the Coupe. A candidate could be a two seater based on the Superleggera Concept.

There are also rumours that the project of an MPV and of a saloon will not be abandoned, but will be reserved exclusively for China.

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