Although MINI has already introduced its redesigned, third-generation Cooper Hardtop, the Countryman isn’t due to receive its own redesign for another year or two. Instead, the 2015 Countryman is expected to be an update of the existing car.
Expect to see some minor styling changes to match up the Countryman’s look with that of the latest Cooper Hardtop. The Countryman should also benefit from some of the Cooper Hardtop’s new tech goodies such as the latest MINI Connected infotainment system, electronic driver aids, and perhaps even the head-up display.
This should be the last update to the Countryman before it’s redesigned. The new model is being developed alongside BMW’s next-generation X1 crossover and will ride on the German automaker’s flexible UKL platform. Engines will include three- and four-cylinder units. Expect a 2016 or 2017 model year introduction.
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