2023 Mini Countryman – As our spy team has spotted a prototype of the third-generation Countryman, it’s safe to say that there is nothing small about the new Countryman. It seems like a compact crossover, regardless of its length, width or height. Mini has teamed up with the upcoming BMW X1, and the two will be assembled in Leipzig, the first factory to produce both a BMW X1 and a Mini.
The current Countryman is made in The Netherlands by Born-based VDL Nedcar, an automotive manufacturing company. The BMW Group will take overproduction and the cool crossover will bear the Made in Germany label. Early reports indicate that the new model will measure approximately 4.5 meters (177 in) and be 200 millimeters longer.
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Mini already has a fully-electric model in mind, as we noticed that the prototype is fully camouflaged. This makes sense, considering that BMW will also produce a zero-emissions version of its entry-level crossover, which is likely to be called iX1. It’s obvious that this Mini is not disguised and has larger proportions. However, you can still tell it’s a Mini (in its name at least) since it retains the British-style design cues.
It will ride on an evolution of the front-wheel-drive-based UKL platform, known in BMW’s terminology as FAAR. It was designed to be used with vehicles that have combustion engines, or as part of a hybrid system. Additionally, it will accept the confirmed EV powertrains for the Countryman and X1.
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Mini may introduce a larger model in the long-term, positioning it above the Countryman. In an interview with Auto Express magazine, Oliver Helmer, Mini’s lead designer, suggested that they might offer a larger vehicle. “The Countryman is a good size, but in other markets, such as China and the US the expectation is different. They could envision having something bigger. We have no limitations. It must feel and look like a Mini, without necessarily being smaller. Oliver Helmer stated earlier this month that future models will be more expensive and have no leather upholstery. They will instead “bring back warmth with colors and fabrics.” It’s important to have fabrics that have warmth when you have fewer elements.