• The 2023 MINI Countryman Cooper S Prototype Is An Attention-Seeker; Spied Testing Again

The testing moves closer to BMW’s technical center

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Mini continues to test the next-generation Countryman, and this time, our spy photographers caught a new prototype testing in Munich, Germany near BMW’s technical center.

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The next-generation Mini Countryman has been caught testing a few times before, including during cold winter conditions near the Arctic Circle.

So far, we know that the next generation Countryman will not be that Mini anymore. It will move to the same FAAR platform used for the BMW X1, which means its dimensions will move from a crossover to a compact SUV. If we were to talk about numbers, the next Countryman will grow 7.5 inches in length; up from the current 169.7 inches to 177.2 inches. Because of the increased dimensions, the next Countryman offers a roomier cabin, with more rear space for the passengers and more space for the luggage.

The 2023 MINI Countryman Cooper S Prototype Is An Attention-Seeker; Spied Testing Again Exterior Spyshots
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The new FAAR platform will also offer Mini the possibility to offer multiple powertrains: combustion engines, PHEV, and an electric one. However, rumors suggest that for the new generation, the plug-in hybrid version will be ditched to make room for the Countryman EV - which will use the same powertrain as the future iX1.

The next Mini Countryman is rumored to arrive sometime in 2023.

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

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