What does that means? Autocar appears to be reporting what we’ve been telling you for the last few years. MINI is aiming to make the Countryman look and feel a bit more rugged and SUV-like compared to the current generation. continued →
The B48, MINI’s new 2.0L in the F5X models is part of a larger family of four cylinders that feature various states of tune. The idea is to create one engine and upgrade or downgrade various parts of it to achieve different outputs for different products. The baseline for this engine is 189 HP as seen in the current Cooper S. Many have looked at that figure and wondered why didn’t MINI try to get more out of the B48? For years we’ve heard rumors that BMW has plans for outputs ranging from 189 all the way to 300. So the real question is when and what will get those higher outputs.
As MINI does with all its models, the Countryman is undergoing suspension development this summer at the Nurburgring. Under heavy cladding we don’t get much of a look at the F60 other than seeing how it performs at the famed ‘Ring and its overall silhouette.
The 2017 MINI Countryman will debut next year with sales beginning in the fall of 2016. Longer, wider and more aggressive looking, the Countryman is set to become the largest MINI yet. The interior will be very similar to the Clubman and will carry over the current engine range as found on all the FXX MINIs with a couple of exceptions. The plugin hybrid drivetrain we’ve been reporting about will likely be an eventual offering on the Countryman. Also the US could see a diesel offering as well if the market conditions warrant it.
Outside look for 19″ (optional) wheels and a much more aggressive style throughout.
MotoringFile broke the news of MINI’s plugin hybrid 18 months ago. Since then we’ve had a steady drip of news on the new drivetrain. Today we get a healthy dose of data in the form of an official preview. No, the 2 Series Gran Truismo BMW has used to showoff the technology isn’t a MINI, but the drivetrain detailed here is identical to drivetrain that will be found in a future MINI product. continued →
The announcement of the 2016 Clubman is not even one week old and we are already moving on to other news. A little more than a month ago, the F60 Countryman was spotted going strong on the ‘Ring. We’ve already shared plenty of information regarding the next Countryman, but this video gets us one step closer to the official debut of the fourth superhero. continued →
This week, Autocar decided there’s still hope that the Superleggera will enter production. While enthusiasts probably begin to grow frustrated by these rumors, Autocar’s take is based on an actual conversation with BMW Board member, Peter Schwarzenbauer. But reading the article, the more interesting tidbits do not concern the concept we all love, but rather the rest of the MINI lineup. continued →
Today BMW fans are either celebrating a new model or mourning the passing of their small rear wheel drive crossover. Either way you’re looking at the first front wheel drive based BMW to be sold globally. This new X1 also has something in common with all future MINIs. Like the forthcoming Clubman and Countryman it is based on the the larger version of the front wheel drive UKL platform. This means it’s not just a new X1 but a sneak peak at a number of things we’ll see in the 2016 Clubman and 2017 Countryman. Just what are they? Read on. continued →
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