• New Spy Shots Prove that the Mini Countryman Is Getting Bigger

Is the new Mini Countryman not so mini anymore?

Mini is busy revamping its entire lineup for the 2023 model year, and now we’re getting a good look at the next-gen Countryman. As best we can tell from these fresh shots, we’re looking at the Countryman S, however, the camo is still pretty heavy, so do what you will with what we’re about to tell you.

New Spy Shots Prove that the Mini Countryman Is Getting Bigger Exterior Spyshots
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Overall, this prototype looks quite familiar when it comes to exterior design, so the next-gen Countryman probably isn’t going to change much in terms of looks. This is Mini that we’re talking about, though, so this isn’t the least bit surprising. What we can tell, even from the photos, is that the next-gen Countryman is going to be significantly larger – something that goes with the rumors that it will be some 7.87-inches longer that the current model. This would mean it will be roughly 177-inches or 4.5-meters long. Yeah, it’s not so mini anymore, is it?

New Spy Shots Prove that the Mini Countryman Is Getting Bigger Exterior Spyshots
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Something that did catch our attention are the quad exhaust outlets in the rear, which hints at a more powerful engine lurking under the hood. There’s no word what that engine is, but it’s largely believed that it’ll be the same engine found in the next-gen BMW X1. The Countryman and the X1 will both share BMW’s FAAR platform, which was evolved from the UKL front-wheel-drive platform. This is actually good news, though, as the new Countryman will be more spacious, with rear passengers benefiting the most from the extra space.

New Spy Shots Prove that the Mini Countryman Is Getting Bigger Exterior Spyshots
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As far as powertrain specifics go, Mini isn’t going to ditch internal combustion engines quite yet. Expect a range of turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines, and there should also be an electrified model. Rumor has it that the plug-in hybrid Countryman will be ditched to make room for the Countryman EV – a model that will feature a lot of DNA form the BMW X1 EV, aka the iX1. Beyond this, there’s even word that the Paceman name could return as a couple-like crossover, but Mini has yet to even comment on that rumor.

Source: Picture credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

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