Back in September, we shared our insights regarding the next MINI Countryman. The most successful MINI – after the Hardtop that is – will share the same extended UKL platform as the future BWM X1 and could come as a five and seven seater vehicle. In addition, the F60 Countryman will most likely boast similar engines currently seen across the FXX lineup, with possible diesel and plug-in options offered throughout the lifecycle of the car. Very few details regarding the exterior design have been available until now, but our colleagues at Autocar just revealed interesting tidbits on the matter.
According to their sources, the upcoming F60 will grow in length and height (which is expected given that it is based on the extended UKL platform) with a style that is “much more harmonious and better resolved than that of the original [Countryman]”. This comes from the fact that the R60 was previously restricted by the platform it shared with the R55 Clubman. While this all there is to know at this point, the key takeaway is that this future model will be an evolution, as opposed to a revolution, compare to its predecessor. Based on the BMW Group’s seven year lifecycle, expect to F60 to be released in the fall of 2017.
Don’t forget to visit Autocar; they have a couple of nice winter testing spy pictures.