The new Countryman - already the biggest MINI model - will be 20cm longer and 3cm wider than the previous version.
This translates to more room inside with more storage capacity and five proper seats for passengers.
Under the bonnet are four revamped engines, available in a 3-cylinder, 1.5 litre petrol, 4-cylinder, 2.0 litre petrol or 2.0 diesel with a 110kW/330Nm or 140kW/400Nm tune.
All variants come with MINI’s ALL4 all-wheel drive system and six-speed steptronic transmission. The range topping Cooper SD Countryman is fitted with an eight-speed gearbox as standard.
Also making its first appearance is the first MINI plug-in hybrid, the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 containing a 100kW, 3-cylinder petrol engine linked up with a 65kW electric motor.
Combined with the six-speed steptronic transmission, the plug-in hybrid is capable of a top speed of 125kph, fuel consumption of 2.1L/100km and 49g/km of CO2 emissions.
Other new highlights for the MINI Countryman include an optional electrical tailgate with hands free operation and a optional Picnic Bench feature that folds out seating for two people from the luggage compartment onto the tailgate.
Project Director Julius Schluppkotten says the MINI Countryman may be bigger but I’s still a MINI.
“The new MINI Countryman has essentially grown in size and the sense of quality in the interior has been significantly enhanced, but it was still possible to retain the typical MINI proportions.”