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Mini's Best-Seller Finally Receives Some Updates

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The Countryman is Mini's only model that hasn't received a facelift, but that will soon change.

While Mini is focusing on the fully electric Cooper SE, don't think the automaker is neglecting its current model range. The Hardtop and Convertible were both given a refresh for the 2019 model year, and the Clubman wagon was also given a facelift earlier this year. That just leaves the popular Countryman subcompact as the only model that hasn't been updated, but that's soon about to change because our spies have spotted a prototype of the upcoming Clubman facelift on the streets of Munich.

The front and rear ends are covered in colorful camouflage, but the updated Mini Hardtop, Convertible, and Clubman give us a clear idea of what to expect from the upcoming Country facelift. Expect a revised grille with a mesh pattern replacing the horizontal slats, new Matrix LED headlights, and a new front bumper. At the back, the prototype also appears to have updated taillights with different graphics compared to the current model, along with a revised rear bumper.

The interior is also likely to see some improvements too, including a larger navigation screen and expanded personalization options. The Mini Clubman facelift was offered with more standard equipment, so the same could be true for the updated Countryman.

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Engine options are sure to carry over, so expect the Mini Countryman facelift to be offered with a 1.5-liter turbo inline-3 engine sending 134 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque to either the front or all four wheels in the Cooper model, while transmission choices will include a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic, or an eight-speed automatic. The latter is only available for the all-wheel-drive version.

The more powerful Cooper S, on the other hand, uses a 2.0-liter turbo inline-4 gasoline engine producing 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque and is available with front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, and an eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual gearbox. A plug-in hybrid variant is also available. Since testing has only just begun, the Mini Countryman facelift will most likely debut next year.