MINI introduced the facelifted Hatch and Convertible last year and now the company is turning its attention to the Countryman.
Recently spotted undergoing testing in Munich, the facelifted crossover has a heavily disguised front fascia which covers a revised grille and updated headlights. The model has also been equipped with a new front bumper that features a wide lower opening and vertical intakes.
The styling updates continue at the rear as we can see modified taillights and what appears to be a more rounded tailgate. We can also expect a new rear bumper, but details are hard to make out.
Spy photographers couldn’t get close enough to snap interior pictures, but the Countryman could be outfitted with a larger and more modern infotainment system. We can also expect more personalization options and possibly some new features and / or additional standard equipment.
Since the Countryman recently received a host of powertrain upgrades, engine options could carryover. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as the 2020 John Cooper Works Countryman has a “comprehensively redesigned” turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 301 hp (225 kW / 306 PS) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque. This enables the model to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 5.1 seconds, before hitting a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
The JCW Countryman wasn’t the only model updated for 2020 as the plug-in hybrid Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 received an improved battery pack with a larger capacity of 9.6 kWh. This increased the crossover’s electric-only range from 12 miles (19.3 km) to approximately 16 miles (25.7 km).
Since this is our first time seeing the updated Countryman, the production model is likely a ways off. Nothing is official, but the crossover could be introduced about a year from now as a 2021 model.