Someone forgot to cover up the 2021 Mini Countryman's cabin.
Over the last few years, Mini has been busy updating its core model lineup. For the 2019 model year, the Mini Hardtop and Convertible were given a refresh. More recently, the Mini Clubman wagon received an update, which means the Mini Countryman is the only model that hasn't been refreshed since the current model went on sale in 2016. This won't be the case for much longer, however.
Last summer, we got our first look at the updated subcompact crossover's refreshed exterior, but now our spies have managed to snap some photos of the revamped interior for the first time as the 2021 Mini Countryman's debut gets closer.
Compared to the current model, the 2021 Countryman's cabin has been updated with a fully digital instrument cluster, a new gear selector sourced from BMW, and an updated infotainment system. Ironically, a sticker has been left on the front of the steering wheel reading "!!! Cover up the interior!!!". Looks like someone is going to have some explaining to do.
While the exterior of this prototype is disguised in camouflage, our spies spotted another prototype that's partially uncovered. With the rear exposed, we get a clear look at the taillights, which sport a Union Jack graphics, and the rear bumper has also had some minor tweaks.
Previous spy photos have shown the 2021 Countryman will also feature an updated grille with horizontal slats, a redesigned front bumper, and new headlights.
Technical details are still unknown, but we're expecting the engine options to carry over. Powering the current Mini Countryman is a 1.5-liter turbo inline-3 engine producing 134 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque, while the more powerful Cooper S has a 2.0-liter turbo inline-4 gasoline engine producing 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. Mini hasn't announced when the 2021 Countryman facelift will debut, but we wouldn't be surprised if it makes an appearance at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show next month.