The third generation Mini Countryman has been officially unveiled, and it has grown in size compared to its predecessor. The updated model is set to be available in both internal combustion engine (ICE) and electric vehicle (EV) variants in international markets from early 2024. The 2024 Mini Countryman is 60 mm longer and shares many elements with the latest BMW X1. It aims to attract new customers and may eventually replace the Cooper Hatch in the lineup.
Compared with the previous generation Countryman, the overall design of the new model has adopted an evolutionary approach. It gets a redesigned headlamp cluster, new tail lamps, updated C-pillars and a new octagon-shaped front grille assembly. Inside the cabin, the features of the latest Cooper have been reduced to a minimum, including physical buttons and a touchscreen infotainment system.
The increased overall size has a noticeable effect on the interior. Rear legroom has increased by 130mm, the center console is larger with more cupholder space, and the seat backrests can be adjusted separately. Boot volume has also increased to 460 litres, which can be expanded up to 1,450 litres. The EV variant also has a provision to store the charging cable under the floor.
In terms of performance, the new generation Countryman will be available with two petrol engine options. These include the 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine and the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, both derived from the X1. The former produces a maximum power output of 167 bhp, while the latter offers 215 bhp. The C variant is front-wheel drive, while the S ALL4 comes with all-wheel drive.
For the performance seekers, the John Cooper Works All4 variant packs 296 bhp and is claimed to be capable of sprinting from zero to 100 kmph in just 5.4 seconds. In the electric segment, MINI will offer the new Countryman with single electric motor and twin electric motor configurations. The electric E produces 201 bhp, while the electric SE All4 produces 309 bhp. Both the variants come equipped with a 64.7 kwh battery pack and claim a driving range of up to 462 km on a single charge.
The new Countryman will be equipped with advanced features including Level 2 Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), and it is expected to reach the Indian market sometime next year.