The new crossover will share the minimalist approach of its smaller siblings.
The automotive world is in a state of flux as automakers navigate a route towards an all-electric future. Mini is one such brand that is heading this way, with the next-gen Mini hardtop going smaller and electric. But the 2024 Mini Countryman won't suffer either of those fates. No, the Countryman will remain powered by combustion, and it will be bigger than ever before. As the British/German automaker readies the crossover for a reveal later this year, our spies have captured fresh photos of the Countryman undergoing winter testing. The exterior shots don't reveal much compared to the last time we saw these prototypes, but today we get our first glimpse at the interior of the biggest Mini around.
In here, we can see that the Countryman will adopt the smaller Cooper Hardtop's interior design cues. This includes a massive central infotainment interface housed in a signature circular design, now made frameless. However, unlike the leaked images of the next Mini Hardtop, this screen isn't floating in the same manner. Unlike that example, the Countryman will also have a small screen ahead of the driver for instrumentation purposes, while an additional screen further ahead on the dash acts as a head-up display. It is suggested the nearer screen could be fake, though. This may yet be relocated to the windscreen later in development. While shrouding covers much of the dash, we can see horizontal air vents on the passenger side. Like current models, a series of toggle switches will remain for basic controls including ignition and climate control.
The exterior images support previous reports that the new Countryman would be larger than ever, growing by up to 7.5 inches in overall length. The Countryman will share the FAAR architecture with the next BMW X1, which means sharing powertrains, too. These will likely comprise 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder motors for the US market, while foreign markets may receive a three-cylinder too. The Countryman will not make use of hybrid assistance in base form, but a PHEV version will likely also be available.
Our spies reveal that Mini will have an electric Countryman alternative in the form of a coupe crossover that will revive the Paceman name. This will be a little smaller, a little sleeker, and focused on electrification.
We expect the next-gen Countryman to be revealed towards the tail-end of this year or early 2023 with a US arrival date of early 2024.