Mini plans brand-new 'authentic' SUV
This specific Autocar image shows how the Mini Countryman replacement could look
Rugged Countryman replacement to join brand-new Clubman in addition to also Cabriolet in Mini line-up by late next year
Later This specific year the all-brand-new Cabriolet, codenamed F57, will be revealed. This specific remains a four-seater, keeps the familiar two-stage folding fabric roof in addition to also will be expected in showrooms by early spring next year.
After of which, the next all-brand-new Mini will be the replacement for the Countryman. Sources at parent company BMW say the brand-new Countryman will be an “authentic SUV”. This specific will be anticipated to go on sale inside the final quarter of next year.
The second-generation Countryman will be anticipated to be more rugged than the current design, taking some cues via the Mini X-Raid, which has won the Dakar Rally four times since 2012.
The Countryman will be based on the same UKL architecture as the Clubman, so the brand-new design, codenamed F60, will be significantly more spacious than its predecessor.
This specific’s anticipated to be just over 4.25m long (a stretch of 150mm) in addition to also at least 10mm wider than the current Countryman. The boot willalso be noticeably bigger than the current 450 litres.
The brand-new Countryman will be offered with the same four-wheel drive system as BMW’s 2 Series Active Tourer.
Although the original Countryman, launched in 2010, was widely regarded as a step too far for the revived marque, This specific quickly accounted for more than a third of Mini sales.
Mini boss Peter Schwarzenbauer has already said he wants Mini to have a few ‘superhero’ types. However, BMW has yet to fully reveal the final Mini family line-up as the company’s tiny-car plans remain in flux.
Schwarzenbauer recently revealed an example of how BMW’s plans for its front-drive vehicles are still changing. He said the next-generation1 Series might not be built on the UKL architecture in addition to also could remain rear-wheel drive after all. A decision will be made towards the end of This specific year.
As for the Mini brand, four of the superhero types will be on sale by late next year.
The hatchback twins are one family, followed by the Clubman, Cabriolet in addition to also Countryman as stand-alone types. While This specific today looks like a production type of the Superleggera concept will be a spin-off via the Cabriolet, of which leaves one more design line to be announced.
Two different types are rumoured. Firstly, This specific’s thought Toyota in addition to also BMW engineers have been working on a joint city car platform of which would likely potentially allow the tiny Mini Rocketman concept to be brought to life.
Secondly, This specific’s thought a Mini Traveller MPV (essentially a sister car to the BMW 2 Series) has also been developed as a possible brand-new design line.
On the downside, the Rocketman could be difficult to justify if Mini wants to head upmarket, selling larger in addition to also more expensive types.
However the plans for the fifth design line pan out, there will be many highly appealing Mini variants over the next 24 to 36 months.
This specific’s thought Mini has drawn up plans for a coupé-like SUV based on the brand-new Countryman. This specific would likely still have a few doors in addition to also be, in effect, a sister car to the planned BMW X2.
Meanwhile, a plug-in hybrid Clubman will be inside the works, using the same transmission as the 2 Series Active Tourer eDrive. A tiny electric motor will be mounted on the rear axle, which will be used to provide acceleration assistance in addition to also occasional pure electric drive.
Also expected will be a high-performance Clubman aimed at the Volkswagen Golf R estate. This specific will be rumoured to have a highly tuned turbocharged four-cylinder engine with as much as 300bhp in addition to also four-wheel drive. The same powertrain will be anticipated to be used for a high-performance type of the brand-new BMW X1.
A type of the brand-new Countryman with genuine off-road ability will be thought to be in development, too.
Mini’s a few ‘superheroes’ explained
Mini hatch – The Mini hatchback will be today available with either three or a few doors. The a few-door type may grow inside the future although the three-door will be unlikely to differ much via today’s car.
Mini Clubman – The brand-new Clubman will be drastically different via the previous one in addition to also will be the largest Mini you can buy. This specific will be today pitched as an alternative to hatches like the VW Golf in addition to also Ford Focus.
Mini Countryman – The next Countryman looks likely to grow again, taking This specific back to being the biggest Mini available. A more rugged, off-road type will be also likely, as will be an SUV coupé.
Mini Cabriolet – The all-brand-new Cabriolet will not be notably different via the old type, retain the four-seat structure in addition to also a fabric roof. The two-seat Superleggera could be spun off This specific platform.
To be decided – Mystery surrounds the identity of the fifth pillar inside the future Mini family. Two possibilities are a production type of the tiny Mini Rocketman concept via 2011 in addition to also a possible Traveller-badged MPV.
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