The all new Electric MINI Countryman SE has been spied undisguised at a photoshoot revealing its final look. much like the electric Cooper SE, these photos are courtesy of a marketing photoshoot that was held in LA.
What these Images Show Us
Stylistically the U25 MINI Countryman is a sharper, more bold design that has clearly grown in every dimension. But we knew about the size. What we see here for the first time is the muscular fenders and minimal front and rear styling. More upright with a few technical looking details, MINI has clearly tried to make the Countryman look for off-road worthy.
The front is more square and the new headlights are more dramatic in their angles. While these aren’t the optional dynamic headlights, the LED daytime running lights do a great job of showing off the new shape.
Overall, like the J01 Cooper, the U25 Countryman overall design is minimal and almost elegant while its details are purely functionally driven.
The Countryman will once again be positioned as the largest product in the MINI range. It will also be the only platform offered by MINI with both ICE and electric power. Designed with plenty of input from the American market, it will deliver more space and utility to ever before. But can it still retain the hallmarks of the MINI brand? While we don’t yet have an answer, we have some details that give us a clue.
How Big is the U25 MINI Countryman?
According to MINI we’ll see some noticeable increases in length on this new Countryman. Growing mostly behind the rear wheel wheels, we’ll see an additional five inches of length in total. The added length is designed to dramatically increase the rear cargo space putting it on par with other crossovers in the category. Note the wheelbase will not be changing over the F60 which could mean an even larger front over-hang.
|R60 Countryman (’10-’16)||F60 Countryman (’17-’23)||U25 Countryman (’24-’32)|
|Length||4097 mm / 161.3 in||4298 mm / 169.2 in||4429 mm / 174.37 in|
|Height||1562 mm / 61.5 in||1557 mm / 61.3 in||1613 mm / 63.5 in|
|Wheelbase||2596 mm / 102.2 in||2670 mm / 105.1 in||2670 mm / 105.11 in|
What about weight? Our sources are telling us that MINI will make use of advanced chassis design and plenty of new aluminum components to reduce the weight gain you might expect with the growth in detentions. We can get an idea of weight by looking at the new BMW X1 which has a 3,750 lbs curb weight. That’s only up 24 lbs over the previous generation despite being marginally larger and being offered with more standard equipment. Given this we’d expect the next generation Countryman All4 won’t be far off the current car’s 3,726 lbs curb weight (assuming equipment levels are similar).
Electric MINI Countryman SE
MINI will launch two electric configurations simply named the E and SE. The E will have a single motor driving the front wheels while the SE will offer a two motor set-up driving all four wheels.
|Countryman E||Countryman SE*|
|WLTP Range – Europe||273 miles||261 miles|
|EPA Range – United States (estimated)||213 miles||204 miles|
One important note about range that is almost always missed by commenters on social media. The WLTP testing protocol produces, on average 22% higher mileage figures than EPA testing by. However in our experience, real world performance often lies somewhere in the middle, a bit closer to the EPA numbers.
Another important point not factored into these numbers is BMW’s historically conservative published performance numbers. Given that the EPA figures are self reported by automakers, there is some flexibility in how they test and produce numbers. Third party tests have shown brands like BMW and Porsche are often under-reporting real-world range in order to accommodate for various conditions. Data has shown some other automakers don’t follow that same philosophy.
|Countryman E||Countryman SE*|
|Horsepower||185 hp (140 KW)||264 hp (200 kW)|
|Battery Size||64 kWh||64 kWh|
Leveraging the same technical layout as the BMW iX1, the Countryman E single motor variant will produce 185 hp and be offered in FWD only. The WTLP rated range for the Countryman E will be 440 km or 273 miles.
The Countryman SE will see an output of 265 hp via dual motors and AWD. The 64.7-kWh t-shaped battery pack in the SE will have a range of 440 km or 261 miles.
The 2025 MINI Countryman Production Timing
MINI will debut the 2024 MINI Countryman (labeled a 2025 in the US) in the second half of 2023 with an all-out model onslaught. Based on our sources, this is what we expect to see in terms of production timing:
|U25 / Leipzig, Germany||Start of Production|
|U25 ICE Countryman||11/2023|
|U25 ICE Countryman S||11/2023*|
|U25 ICE Countryman JCW||11/2023*|
|U25 BEV Countryman E||03/2024|
|U25 BEV Countryman SE||03/2024*|
|U25 BEV Countryman JCW||TBD*|