All-New 2017 MINI Countryman Is Bigger, Brawnier And Comes As A PHEV

Meet the second generation of MINI’s soft crossover, the bigger and more masculine 2017 Countryman, revealed a few weeks prior to its world debut at the LA Auto Show in mid-November.

When MINI presented the first generation of the Countryman back in 2010, it was the brand’s biggest model, a title it lost last year with the transformation of the new Clubman into a proper five, or rather, six-door station wagon, only to regain that distinction now in its second iteration.

The 2017 Countryman has grown by 200mm (7.9 in.) in overall length and 30mm (1.2 in.) in width, while its wheelbase has been extended by 75mm (nearly 3 inches), thus positioning it closer to regular compact SUVs like Audi’s Q3.

MINI says that the growth spurt has resulted in “significantly increased space on five fully-fledged seats” as well as in storage, with luggage compartment volume up by 220 liters over its predecessor to 450 liters or 1,309 liters when the seats are folded.

Speaking of seats, the new Countryman that comes with an available electric tailgate control offers a unique option called “Picnic Bench” that folds out of the luggage compartment and provides seating for two more people when the car is stationary – of course.

For the most part, MINI maintained the original Countryman’s exterior design adding a bit of angularity into the mix with edgier cues like the headlamps and creases on the fenders for a tougher and more rugged look. Inside, the brand’s crossover shares several elements with other newer MINIs, including the large touchscreen positioned in the round component on the center console.

The crossover rides on the BMW Group’s UKL2 platform shared with other MINI and BMW models that allowed the use of a plug-in hybrid powertrain, a first for the British brand.

Named the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4, it borrows the BMW 225xe’s propulsion system pairing a 134hp (136PS) 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine driving the front wheels via a 6sp autobox to an 87hp (88PS) electric motor turning the rear wheels, with the system delivering a combined 221hp (224PS) and 284 lb-ft (385Nm) of torque. The plug-in hybrid drive enables purely electric driving at a top speed of 80mph (125km/h) with MINI claiming a fuel consumption of 2.1l/100km (equal to 112mpg US / 134.5 mpg UK) in the EU test cycle with CO2 emissions of 49g/km. It also has an all-electric range of 25 miles (40km).

Naturally, the Countryman will offer conventional engines, including a pair of gasoline units, a 134hp 1.5-liter three-pot for the Cooper, and a 189hp 2.0-liter four in the Cooper S, with markets outside the USA also having the option of a 2.0-liter diesel, producing 148hp (150PS) in the Cooper D, and 187hp (190PS) in the Cooper SD.

MINI Cooper Countryman: 3-cylinder petrol engine, capacity: 1 499 cc, output: 100 kW/136 PS, max. torque: 220 Nm.
MINI Cooper S Countryman: 4-cylinder petrol engine, capacity: 1 998 cc,  output: 141 kW/192 PS, max. torque: 280 Nm.
MINI Cooper D Countryman: 4-cylinder diesel engine, capacity: 1 995 cc, output: 110 kW/150 PS, max. torque: 330 Nm.
MINI Cooper SD Countryman: 4-cylinder diesel engine, capacity: 1 995 cc, output: 140 kW/190 PS, max. torque: 400 Nm.

Gasoline models and the Cooper D come with a standard 6-speed manual, while a 6sp automatic is offered for the Cooper. An 8sp automatic is standard on the Cooper SD and available on the Cooper S and Cooper D. MINI’s all-wheel drive system ALL4 is available as an option on all four models. A hotter John Cooper Works model, most likely fitted with the same 228hp 2.0-liter turbo as the Clubman JCW, will follow next year.

The new Countryman will go on sale in the US in March 2017, with plug-in hybrid variant to follow in June of the same year. Pricing for the U.S. market will be announced at a later stage.

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  • emjayay

    Needs more photos.

    • Matt

      That’s what I was thinking, hard to make out what the car looks like.

      • rover10

        I wish there were more rear shots. What a stunning product, but I’d ditch the hood stripes!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    From these photos, you can also add “Uglier”.

  • Kash

    the PHEZ badge is ugly as sin. I’ll give them props for using yellow instead of the typical green or blue, but the general design of the badge is just tacky.

    • Six Thousand Times

      PHEZ? Anticipation of a PEZ – Hybrid special edition?

      • Kash

        PHEV*

        It’s been a semi long day and I was sitting behind a PZEV Subaru in the unforgiving traffic on the way home earlier. forgive me.

        • Six Thousand Times

          Forgive you? Hell, you inspired one of my best special edition ideas ever.

          • Kash

            lol. Okay then, i expect some royalties. lol.

      • Obsequious Lickspittle

        Nah, it’s already been made!
        http://www.leekon.net/lee/pezcar/pc101b.jpg

        • Six Thousand Times

          Dammit! Sweet Volare, though.

  • haudit

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a car with such an unhappy looking face. It doesn’t look angry, more like it’s crippled by the burden of existential pain.

  • Keven44977

    Is it me or the headlight look a bit like the one on the fiat 124 spider?

  • Honda NSX-R

    A MINI that’s not mini

  • Matt

    Reminds me of a London Cab as imagined by Japan. Has MINI’s design team ‘jumped the shark’?

    I think this reaches the limit of how many design ideas can be incorporated into one car.

  • CFK

    Holy that´s horrible!

  • R1S0

    237 photos and interior is on hardly 30-40 from it… and from them its half photos of the trunk space…. great.

  • Evo45

    Feels like a facelift to current model but I like overall, also I don’t know if 1.5 136 HP engine is enough for such a big car like this

    • Mark S

      You did look at the comparison photos?

      • Evo45

        I did, the front looked to me nearly same as current model. Not saying it’s complete facelift of course.

  • Yalchin

    So this is the face that they’ve tested for all these years? No wonder it was kept under wraps forever.
    I mean…who designed the face, who were the customer clinic atendees that looked at this and said “ok, go for it”.
    I miss the old lines of the countryman already, this is abominable in terms of design.

  • DMJ

    OMG, that rear is horrible, looks like a Daihatsu. A bad one.

  • eenymac

    At last they have done something about the woeful amount of luggage space!
    I also hope they have done something about the cabin fit and finish too, as last time I looked at one it was ok to look at, from a distance, but rather cheap and plasticky close up.

  • Kuba

    Bleeeh ugly.

  • Enter Ranting

    The dash looks like one of those early 1990s boom boxes. That’s not a compliment.

    • Mark S

      The old one maybe, The new interior is much better.

  • Mark S

    Big improvement! I really like this. It looses those ugly rimmed round headlights on the regular Mini and grows up inside too. Nice Job!

  • Chester Kaufman

    Seems OK!

  • Benjamin B.

    The name for the plugin hybrid is very German and way too long. MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4. What is that? Honestly, I would rather go with the Cooper S or SD four cylinder models.