Despite the facelifted version of the 2018 MINI Countryman was introduced recently, the British carmaker is currently working on a new generation of the model that should be completely new compared to the previous one. A test mule of such a vehicle has recently been discovered by our spy photographers while filling the tank at a gas station.
In order to further separate the new MINI Cooper five-door hatchback and the Countryman, the car manufacturer is on updating the latest, the focus similarly to the future BMW X1 generation, which is rather strange, considering the fact that BMW has the MINI brand , Still, do not expect similarities in design between the two models, as the “British” you will still instantly recognizable as MINI.
According to those in the know, the Countryman and the Clubman will both share the stretched version of the UKL platform that all new MINIs will use. Like the Clubman, the Countryman will be decidedly wider than the F56 and will likely feature a similar interior as well. More specifically this width will allow the Countryman to seat three across in the rear much easier than the current car and will allow for more room upfront. We expect the full-length rail option to die with the F60.
The 2018 MINI Countryman is expected to get the trademark circular headlights, the chrome grille, the wraparound windscreen and it will be riding on the UKL1 front-wheel drive platform, shared with the new X1, with the future FAST (Family Active Sports Tourer) and probably some future models in the company’s lineup. Expect versions such as the Cooper, the S, the SD and the John Cooper Works of the new Countryman, along with a new engine generation, which will include new downsized units, including the 3-cylinder turbocharged ones. Additional details on the topic remain unknown for the moment.
source : inautonews |