2017 MINI Countryman become more practical

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2017 MINI Countryman is a unique hatchback with retro styling.

When BMW first took over the MINI brand, we weren’t sure what to expect; would they keep to tradition or make just another BMW with a different name?

In truth, it’s a little of each – while the new MINI’s may not exactly be mini anymore, you can definitely see the family heritage in them, and of course, BMW have made them to the same exacting standards of the other Beemers, meaning reliability, sharp handling and good resale.

For fans of the original MINI though, there is some derision as to just how BMW can manufacture compact crossovers such as the Countryman and still use the MINI name; it seems they get less mini with every generation.

2017 MINI Countryman Release date

We expect to see the 2017 MINI Countryman as early as late 2016, maybe just squeezing in to early 2017.

2017 MINI Countryman release date: early 2017

2017 MINI Countryman Price

As we’ve stated before, pricing the MINI is never easy; the option list is longer than ever, and even the ‘fully loaded’ spec, doesn’t actually come fully loaded. Prices should start somewhere near $22,000 and could go up nearly as far as $40,000.

2017 MINI Countryman Redesign and changes

To start with, the new Countryman is getting bigger still; it will be longer and wider than the current model, this is due to it being built upon the new UKL platform, which also supports the Hardtop, Clubman, Convertible and the upcoming BMW X1. As with the other MINI’s, it will come as front wheel drive with an option of all-wheel drive.

The added size also means that the interior will increase in size slightly as well, allowing for more space and comfort. We also know that the interior will be upgraded, especially in terms of equipment; expect to see such features as a Heads Up Display (HUD), collision warning, park assist, speed limit information and pedestrian warning.

With regards to exterior styling, little has changed with the looks of the MINI, aside from a slightly restyled front grille (making it simpler) and a revised rear end, the Countryman will be near identical to the current version.

2017 MINI Countryman video

2017 MINI Countryman Specs

Under the hood, nothing much has changed there either; we’ll still see a range of options, all turbocharged, ranging from a 1.5 liter 3-cylinder gas engine to a fairly hot 228 BHP 2.0 liter inline 4. As standard, there will be a 6-speed manual transmission, although there is talk of either a 6 or 8-speed auto transmission as an option.

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Summary

The new 2017 Countryman will become much more practical, however even less original than its predecessor.

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