Programmed to go on sale towards the end of next year, MINI’s second generation of the Countryman aims to be a more “authentic SUV” according to BMW sources cited by British magazine Autocar. It is believed the model will look more rugged and could take styling cues from the MINI All4 Racing version developed specifically for the Dakar Rally. Expect the body of the car to be stretched by 10 mm and widened by 150 mm which in return should enable a roomier interior cabin and a larger trunk.
Codenamed F60, the second-gen MINI Countryman is going to sit on the same UKL architecture as the rest of the current MINIs and will be optionally offered with an all-wheel drive system while the lesser versions will stick with the FWD layout. This means the engine lineup will encompass the usual crop of three- and four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines and there also might be some spicy S and John Cooper Works versions with more oomph.
According to the same report, MINI is cooking up a lineup expansion by adding a Traveller MPV (name not final) which will have a lot in common with the 2-Series Active Tourer. They could also finally decide to build the Rocketman which is likely to act as a new entry-level model. There are also some rumors pointing out MINI will be getting its own version of the BMW X2 so it will take shape of a crossover coupe.
Interestingly, an expanded MINI lineup could include an all-wheel drive Clubman packing a 300 bhp punch as well as a more rugged Countryman offering real off-road capability, but these models have not been confirmed just yet by a MINI official.
We saved the best for last as that stunning Superleggera concept is still on the agenda and could been green-lighted for production in 2019.