American magazine Road and Track has some new Countryman sketches/renderings that are the closest we’ve seen so far. The new SAV (BMW speak for crossover) will feature a new MINI branded all-wheel drive system as a option along with the top of the line MINI engines from the current range.

Unlike the BMW X1 (which the car is loosely based), the Countryman will only have seating for four (with some markets getting a five seat option) and will include a novel center console that slides front to back for versatility. It sounds a little strange but we’re told to expect something cool.

Official photos are just weeks away and the public debut will be at the Frankfurt Motorshow in late September. We’ll have a full review later this fall.

You can read more including our exclusive report on the development of the R60 in the R60 section here.