Buried in BMW’s comments about it’s product plans for the next decade was a surprising revelation about the next generation MINI Countryman. First BMW has confirmed that the next MINI Countryman will be built at the BMW Group Plant Leipzig in Germany. That aligns nicely with the BMW announcement that would be pulling MINI production from NEDCAR in the Netherlands after 2022. But perhaps more interesting is what kind of Countryman will be built in Germany.
Along with production location BMW has also confirmed what the rumors had suggested: The next generation MINI Countryman will be available with both a combustion engine and as a fully electric model.
Following BMW’s strategy “The Power of Choice” MINI will offer the next generation Countryman as both drivetrains as a way to appeal to a diverse global audience. It’s also expected that each drivetrain will have at least two to even four models ranging from something akin to a Countryman One all the way up to a Cooper S. What Countryman JCW will offer will be particularly interesting.
We expect the next generation Countryman to share its chassis and drivetrains with the next generation of small BMWs meaning that we’ll see broad use of the latest technology and potential power outputs on the petrol side well over 300 hp (if the JCW is indeed is offered with an ICE power train).
Sources tell us to expect a more rugged look with a cleaner overall aesthetic – especially on the inside. The next generation Countryman will also likely grown slightly in length and width over the current model.