With the help of the BMW X2 M35i’s engine.
Mini has confirmed it’s working on a new upgraded version of the John Cooper Works Clubman and Countryman that will be significantly more powerful than the outgoing models. According to Motoring File, the 2020 JCW Clubman and Countryman will use the same powertrain as the BMW X2 M35i.
"The updated JCW Countryman and Clubman, I’m thrilled those are coming to market. I think it’ll be a reminder for everyone that fun to drive is what drives this brand,” Mini USA head of marketing Pat McKenna said.
The X2 M35i is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that produces 302 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission and BMW’s xDrive AWD system. If the report is true, the 2020 JCW Mini Clubman and Countryman will be much more powerful than their predecessors, which utilize a 228-hp four-pot. With its current setup, the JCW will hit 62 mph from a standstill in 6.2 seconds, but the inclusion of the X2 M35i’s more powerful turbo engine should reduce that time to below five seconds.
Unfortunately, adding this new engine and an all-wheel-drive system may mean the British automaker will ditch a manual gearbox in favor of a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic with wheel-mounted paddles. It’s not all bad news, however, as the report claims Mini will add a Torsen limited-slip differential up front, which should improve the power delivery, agility, and handling.
The updated 2020 Mini John Cooper Works Countryman and Clubman are expected to be announced this spring before hitting showrooms in the second half of the year. Mini is also plotting a new version of the hardcore John Cooper Works GP, which is expected to arrive in 2020.