The upcoming Countryman will offer ICE and electric powertrains
December 15, 2022 at 16:37
by Michael Gauthier
It’s been months since we’ve seen the 2024 MINI Countryman, but the model has returned and it’s sporting new camouflage as well as production lighting units.
Spotted in two different locations, the latest batch of images appear to show the range-topping Countryman JCW as the prototypes have a four-tailpipe exhaust system and beefy brakes that are backed up by red calipers.
At the front, there are new headlights which are less circular and now sport a horizontal daytime running light bar. We can also get a glimpse of the new fascia, which features a wide grille as well as stacked lower intakes.
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Moving further back, there’s a pronounced shoulder line and streamlined bodywork that looks slightly slab-sided. Designers have also given the model flush-mounted door handles, less pronounced cladding, and what appears to be a thick C-pillar. The biggest change is the Countryman’s increased size as the crossover will become more closely aligned with the BMW X1.
Rounding out the highlights are a more pronounced rear spoiler and new pixel-style taillights. The latter feature horizontal brake light bars and a center section that functions as a turn signal.
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While automakers are usually tight-lipped about upcoming models, MINI has been pretty talkative about the Countryman. In particular, the automaker has already confirmed the model will go into production next year and be built in Leipzig. It will be joined by an electric variant, which is expected to echo the redesigned BMW iX1. As a result, the model could have a 64.7 kWh battery pack that powers a dual-motor all-wheel drive system developing a combined output of 308 hp (230 kW / 313 PS) and 364 lb-ft (494 Nm) of torque.
MINI has also confirmed plans for ICE options and rumors suggest they could be shared with the X1. If that’s the case, there could be a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 241 hp (180 kW / 244 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. As for the JCW variant, it could have approximately 302 hp (225 kW / 306 PS) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque.
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