MINI has unveiled the not so “mini” 2017 Countryman, which is now the automaker’s biggest model ever. The new Countryman has been completely revamped with not only a bigger exterior, but the styling is also now more crossover-like than before.
The new Countryman is now 7.8 inches longer than the last model and its wheelbase has been stretched 2.9 inches. In addition to being the biggest MINI yet, the new Countryman will also be the automaker’s first plug-in hybrid model. That means that the Countryman will now be offered in three versions: Cooper, Cooper S and the Cooper S E ALL4 plug-in hybrid.
The base Countryman Cooper is powered by a turbocharged 134-hp 1.5L three-cylinder, while the Cooper S gets a 189-hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder. The Countryman Cooper plug-in hybrid combines the 3-cylinder engine with an electric motor to produce a combined output of 221-hp. The plug-in hybrid also has an electric driving range of 24 miles.
The all-new Countryman is going to make its debut next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The first models to go one sale will be the Cooper and Cooper S in March 2017, while Cooper S E ALL4 plug-in hybrid will arrive in June 2017.