It’s not totally clear but this is our best look yet inside the 2017 MINI Countryman. As expected the Countryman takes the basic layout and design of the Clubman and evolves the styling in a more aggressive and rugged way. Noticeably the vents on either side of the center screen are taller and larger which is likely a theme that will be carried over the doors and center console.
This particular version of the Countryman has the standard 6.5″ screen with iDrive controller and the wonderful sport seats with thigh bolstering – something the current Countryman sorely is lacking.
The F60 Countryman will ride on the same UKL2 chassis that the Clubman is based off of and thus will be all around larger than the current R60. While final dimensions aren’t known MotoringFile has learned that the new Countryman will be fractionally wider and noticeably longer than the new Clubman.
MINI will debut the new Countryman at the Paris Motorshow this September with a full launch happening in October (for the EU) and December for North America. Launch models of the US market will include the Cooper and Cooper S. The Countryman has been design from the ground up to accommodate both a plugin hybrid drivetrain and diesel with urea injection. Sources have told us that MINIUSA intends to bring the hybrid to market. Originally plans were also approved for the diesel but that may be reevaluated due to low fuel costs and less interest in the technology in the wake of the VW scandal.