SPIED: Refreshment time for the 2021 MINI Countryman

MINI, Spy Photos | October 28th, 2019 by 1
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The current F60 generation of the MINI Countryman has been on the market since 2017. To keep it attractive for its clientele, the Countryman is bound to receive a Life Cycle Impulse procedure. The 2021 MINI Countryman LCI generation is scheduled for reveal in the second half of next year, with market introduction following closely thereafter.

After a tenure of over 3 years, the present Countryman model series is going to be replaced by a refreshed LCI generation which aims to give the compact MINI crossover a slightly rehauled look and some new tech from its parent company BMW.

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The styling revision will be aimed at mostly all the relevant and defining details of the Countryman’s styling. While the general silhouette of the car will stay as it is currently, the F60 LCI is going to display a pair of retouched headlights. From what is to be seen from the spy shots, it appears that the facelifted 2021 MINI Countryman will receive LED front lamps with adaptive LED technology, probably as an option.

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The newly-revamped headlights will feature a large, square-sized LED projector in the middle, while a thin LED strip on the lower arch will provide the daytime running light function. The radiator grille will basically stay the same as for the pre-LCI Countryman, but it is expected to display a slightly rounder shape, with the sharp creases being softened out.

At the rear end, the tail lights are going to sport the LED Union Jack pattern, which has become the quintessential back-end signature for mostly any of the current MINI automobiles. You can also expect to see some visual updates to both protection bumper, as well as redesigned front air intakes.

In the cabin, the new Countryman LCI will basically stick to the current architecture, but there are indications that some details and materials are to be improved. A new, larger display for the infotainment system is also on the list of upgrades.

The current lineup of variants will also be transferred to the LCI generation starting end of 2020, when the facelifted Countryman is due to be launched. Boasting either front-wheel traction or the optional AWD configuration for the ALL4-entitled versions, the new MINI Countryman LCI will also be powered by a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines with 3- and 4-cylinder architectures.

Besides that, there will be the possibility to choose from 3 types of gearbox: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, 8-speed automatic. The plug-in hybrid Cooper Countryman S E ALL4 will continue to be the green and powerfully frugal alternative of the portfolio with its hybrid package rated at 224 PS (221 hp). The standard Cooper S variants will be powered either by a petrol engine (192 PS/189 hp) or a diesel one (190 PS/188 hp).

The full set of spy photos can be seen here.

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