The 2017 Mini Countryman was spotted at Nurburgring Germany earlier this week with a bigger and wider appearance, ironically looking not quite like a Mini. The Mini Countryman is expected to debut at the Paris Motor Show, which will happen in just a few days and is speculated to be released as the first plug-in hybrid variant of the Mini line.
Mini Countryman not so Mini at all
It is not the first time that Mini Countryman 2017 was spotted. Previously, the second generation of the Mini Countryman was seen in camouflage a few month ago, as shown in a carparazzi video. Now, new spy photos were found and this time, it seems like the Mini Countryman is in its last phase of its development, and if anything, its distinct larger size is truly eye catchy. You can see the spy photos here.
As seen in the photo, the 2017 Mini Countryman has a larger wheelbase, larger front glass, leaving an even bigger model, which also translates into an even more spacious interior. Everything is bigger that makes it look like not a Mini at all.
This is not surprising as the Mini car brand has been sporting bigger Mini for quite some time now.
Mini Countryman Plug-in Hybrid
The Mini Countryman will lie on the same UKL platform like the rest of the Mini products. It will feature a four-cylinder engine with turbocharging. Front-wheel drive is standard, but it will have a more robust engine which will be accompanied by the All4 traction for extra grip.
The top of the range is the John Cooper Works, which was already been spotted, and will feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter with 231 hp and 320 Nm of torque .
As for the plug-in hybrid variant of the Mini Countryman 2017, this will supposedly be combined with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor, as well as a lithium-ion battery of 7.7 kWh. The combustion engine will power the front wheels and electric rear, resulting in a system of all-wheel drive. Rumors indicate a combined output of 224 hp allowing drivers to go from zero to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds.
The plug-in hybrid Mini Countryman is expected to have an electric range of 39 kilometers and can have a full charge in just five hours.
As we say, the Mini Countryman 2017 will be presented at this year's Paris Motor Show but distribution will be delayed until early next year. So Mini fans still need to wait. Here's a video of the 2016 Mini Cooper Countryman to keep you busy while waiting.