The next Mini Countryman will be only officially debut in October at the Paris Motor show, but this is what we know so far.
It will be offered in FWD and AWD versions and have the same wide range of petrol and diesel engines used in other Mini models. The range-topping sports version will be the 170kW John Cooper Works.
There will also be a plug-in hybrid version, which according to reports, will combine a three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor powering the rear axle. The expertise gained from creating the BMW i model series will be translated to this powertrain. The combined power is expected to be 178kW hp, with 102kW from the petrol and another 76kW from the rear-mounted electric motor.
We can’t wait until the vulgar cladding (the wrap pictured makes us think of a psychedelic bordello) is dropped from the prototypes and we get to see her in all her splendour.