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2021 MINI Countryman Spied Showing Minor Updates


MINI introduced the facelifted Hatch and Convertible last year and now the company is turning its attention to the Countryman.

Recently spotted undergoing testing in Munich, the facelifted crossover has a heavily disguised front fascia which covers a revised grille and updated headlights. The model has also been equipped with a new front bumper that features a wide lower opening and vertical intakes.

The styling updates continue at the rear as we can see modified taillights and what appears to be a more rounded tailgate. We can also expect a new rear bumper, but details are hard to make out.

Spy photographers couldn’t get close enough to snap interior pictures, but the Countryman could be outfitted with a larger and more modern infotainment system. We can also expect more personalization options and possibly some new features and / or additional standard equipment.

Since the Countryman recently received a host of powertrain upgrades, engine options could carryover. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as the 2020 John Cooper Works Countryman has a “comprehensively redesigned” turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 301 hp (225 kW / 306 PS) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque. This enables the model to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 5.1 seconds, before hitting a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

The JCW Countryman wasn’t the only model updated for 2020 as the plug-in hybrid Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 received an improved battery pack with a larger capacity of 9.6 kWh. This increased the crossover’s electric-only range from 12 miles (19.3 km) to approximately 16 miles (25.7 km).

Also Read: 2020 JCW Clubman And Countryman Become Most Powerful MINIs Ever With 301 HP

Since this is our first time seeing the updated Countryman, the production model is likely a ways off. Nothing is official, but the crossover could be introduced about a year from now as a 2021 model.

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