The next-generation MINI Countryman coming in 2017 may call itself a MINI, but it is set to be the largest vehicle in the brand’s history.
The Countryman nameplate was first released in 2010, and the 2017 model has been increased by a substantial 7.8 inches in length, and 2.9 inches in wheelbase. This considerable upsizing will offer a more comfortable and spacious ride for passengers, as well as more flexible storage options.
Thomas Felbermair, vice president for MINI of the Americas, said: ‘The new MINI Countryman is not only the largest MINI we’ve ever built, but it’s also the most technologically advanced and most versatile MINI of our product line-up.’
The current MINI Countryman previously broke records as MINI’s biggest ever vehicle, and offers convention-defying sports performance in a practical SUV package. The thrilling model is available from Lancaster MINI Milton Keynes now to explore and test drive.
The new-generation Countryman offers a boxier design to match its size, lending a truly imposing presence on the road. The flexible storage will come in the form of a three-way split in the rear backrest that can be rearranged in a 40-20-40 split.
Cutting-edge technology will abound within the cabin, with tech updates including a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, backup camera, parking sensors and an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display, all coming as standard.
The next-generation Countryman will make its debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show later this month, and it will begin to hit European markets in February 2017. MINI’s first plug-in Cooper S E ALL4 variant is also set to launch next year, bringing exciting new prospects to the brand.