The second-generation F60 MINI Countryman has been spotted in China. Like the new MINI Clubman and the BMW X1, the F60 Countryman is based on the the longer version of the front wheel drive UKL platform.
The new Countryman will cater to the MINI demographic looking for a larger off-roader with more interior and storage space. The spy photos reveal the steering wheel, gear knob, switch buttons and HVAC knobs similar to the ones seen in the latest MINI models. One of the changes is the vertical central air vents that is placed a little forward.
The MINI Countryman F60 will not only be available with a front-wheel drive, but also equipped with optional all-wheel drive MINI ALL4. With the help of a Haldex clutch, the power can be routed to the rear wheels delivering additional traction.
Under the hood, MINI will fit three and four-cylinder engines, both in gasoline and diesel. Transmission choices may include 6-speed manual and 8-speed Steptronic.
The second generation MINI Countryman will include LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, MINI Head-Up Display, MINI Connected infotainment system, LED interior and ambient lighting and collision and pedestrian warning with initial brake function.
MINI will launch the new Countryman in 2017.