The 2017 Mini Countryman compact SUV has been spotted testing in India ahead of its world premiered that is expected to take place at the Paris Motor Show in October. This is the first time a BMW Group car has been spotted in India ahead of its unveil.
The most important improvement of the second generation model over its predecessor is the increased length of around 150 mm to 4.25 m. The wheelbase has also been stretched nearly by 100 mm. So, one can expect more interior space, especially at the rear.
The Countryman is based on BMW’s UKL modular front-wheel drive platform which also underpins the new X1 and Mini range. The platform is available with an electronically controlled AWD system which will be available onboard the Countryman. Some international variants could be available in FWD configuration as well.
The 2017 Mini Countryman will be powered by a range of three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines mated to manual and automatic transmissions. BMW will also bestow the new Countryman with variable damper control. Only the higher variants are expected to be offered in India.
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The interior would derive the styling cues from the Mini hatchback but we can expect plusher materials and enhanced attention to detail on board the crossover.
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