Mini has shown the first glimpse of the next-generation Countryman SUV.
It will arrive for the 2025 model year in the U.S. and starts production this year in Germany at a BMW plant.
The new Countryman will offer both a gasoline version and an electric version, and we'll see if both end up coming to the U.S.
UPDATE 4/7/23: Mini has released specs for the electric version of the 2025 Countryman, which will be offered in 188-hp E and 308-hp SE ALL4 configurations. We've added information about its electric motors, battery packs, and range estimates to this story.
A new version of the biggest Mini, the Countryman SUV, is arriving soon and we've just gotten confirmation that it will spawn an electric variant. New photos of a camouflaged 2025 Countryman also give a glimpse at the new model's looks which, unsurprisingly, hew closely to the familiar Mini aesthetic.
The 2025 Mini Countryman will start production this year at a BMW plant in Leipzig, Germany, making it the first Mini model to be built in its parent company's homeland. It'll be built alongside several BMW models including the 2-series Gran Coupe. We're not sure exactly when it will go on sale in the U.S., but we expect both the gas and EV versions will make it to our shores.
The electric Countryman shares some components with the BMW iX1, an electric version of the X1 crossover that we don't get in the U.S. But there are differences: the Mini offers a base E model with a single 188-horsepower electric motor, while its more powerful SE ALL4 configuration has the same dual-motor, all-wheel-drive setup as the BMW with 308 horsepower. Both Countryman EVs come with a 64.8-kWh battery pack and Mini estimates a range of 280 miles on the WLTP cycle. We expect the U.S. range number to be lower, likely below 240 miles when it receives official EPA estimates.
The gas version seems a sure bet to share the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine that makes 241 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque in the U.S.-spec 2023 BMW X1, though it may be offered in various output levels for the Countryman's base, S, and JCW forms.
A new Mini Cooper hatchback is also in the cards, but we haven't heard an update in a while since we saw leaked images showing the new car's looks in 2021. Look for more news to come on Mini as the brand continues to revise its lineup, including axing the Clubman wagon in favor of the new Aceman EV.
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