- Mini has shown the first glimpse of the next-gen Countryman SUV.
- It will arrive for the 2025 model year in the US and starts production this year in Germany at a BMW plant.
- The new Countryman will offer both a gasoline version and an electric version, and we’ll see if both end up coming to the US.
A new version of the biggest Mini, the Countryman SUV, is arriving soon and we’ve just gotten confirmation that it will spawn an electric variant. New photos of a camouflaged 2025 Countryman also give a glimpse at the new model’s looks which, unsurprisingly, hew closely to the familiar Mini aesthetic.
The 2025 Mini Countryman will start production this year at a BMW plant in Leipzig, Germany, making it the first Mini model to be built in its parent company’s homeland. It’ll be built alongside several BMW models including the 2-series Gran Coupe. We’re not sure exactly when it will go on sale in the US, or if both the gas and EV versions will make it to our shores.
We expect that the electric Countryman will share specs with the BMW iX1, an electric version of the X1 crossover that we don’t get in the US. That model offers a dual-motor powertrain with 308 horsepower and a 64.7-kWh battery pack that provides a range of around 230 miles. The gas version, too, seems a sure bet to share the US-spec 2023 BMW X1’s turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine that makes 241 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
A new Mini Cooper hatchback is also in the cards, but we haven’t heard an update in a while since we saw leaked images showing the new car’s looks in 2021. Look for more news to come on Mini as the brand continues to revise its lineup, including possibly axing the Clubman wagon in favor of the new Aceman EV.
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Despite being raised on a steady diet of base-model Hondas and Toyotas—or perhaps because of it—Joey Capparella nonetheless cultivated an obsession for the automotive industry throughout his childhood in Nashville, Tennessee. He found a way to write about cars for the school newspaper during his college years at Rice University, which eventually led him to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for his first professional auto-writing gig at Automobile Magazine, He has been part of the car and driver The team since 2016 and now lives in New York City.