MINI's current Countryman is now the oldest car in the firm's range, and an all-new model is just around the corner. The Audi Q3 rival is expected to be unveiled at a motor show in the second half of 2016.
These spy images provide our best look yet at the finished design, showing a conservative evolution over the current, five-year-old Countryman. The retro shape at the front is pure MINI, while the boxy side profile and tall shoulderline give it an SUV-like look.
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Despite rumours that it would be taller and more like a full midsize SUV than before, it doesn't appear to have any more ground clearance than the old car. You can see longer overhangs front and rear, however, hinting at a more spacious cabin.
Expect more practical features in the Countryman's cabin, as space and useability was a criticism of the old car. The dash design will likely be lifted straight from the new Clubman estate, too.
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As with the recently-launched Clubman, the Countryman’s overhaul will continue under the skin. The versatile UKL1 platform – set to underpin at least 11 MINI and BMW models in the coming years – will be used for both front- and all-wheel drive variants, and power is set to come from the new three-cylinder turbo engines as found in the 2 Series Active Tourer.