Mini’s third-generation Countryman has made its debut in the United States, following its world premiere at the 2023 Munich auto show. The U.S. launch event was held at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York City, organized by Mini’s in-house startup incubator, Urban-X. Set to hit showrooms in the fall of 2024, the new compact crossover will be available as a 2025 model.
During the U.S. debut, Mini showcased the Countryman Electric, also known as the Countryman E. This base electric version is expected to offer 188 horsepower and feature a 64.7-kwh battery. Additionally, Mini plans to introduce a sportier version called the Countryman SE, which will boast 308 horsepower and the same 64.7-kwh battery.
The Countryman will also be available in gas-powered variants. Although specific details haven’t been revealed, Mini has released teasers of the upcoming John Cooper Works Countryman. It is anticipated to be equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine, similar to its predecessor. While an electric John Cooper Works Countryman hasn’t been confirmed by Mini, it remains a possibility.
Both the electric and gas-powered versions of the Countryman are built on Mini’s BMW Group parent company’s FAAR platform. The production of both variants is handled at the BMW plant in Leipzig, Germany, which also manufactures FAAR-based BMW models, including the latest X1, a close relative of the Countryman.
In addition to the Countryman, Mini has plans to release a redesigned Cooper hatch in 2025. The new Cooper hatch will be available in both electric and gas-powered versions, although no specific timeline for the U.S. market has been announced yet. The gas-powered Cooper is expected to arrive in the market next year, with the electric version following approximately in 2026. The electric Cooper hatch will be produced at Mini’s plant in the U.K., alongside an electric subcompact crossover known as the Aceman.
With an overall length of 169.8 inches, the third-generation Mini Countryman measures slightly larger than its predecessor. It embodies the iconic Mini design language with its signature round headlights, hexagonal grille, and compact proportions. The electric version, in particular, features unique styling elements like a closed front grille and aerodynamic wheels to optimize efficiency.
Inside the Countryman, occupants will find an updated cabin with upgraded materials and modern tech features. The layout is driver-focused, and the infotainment system is expected to offer a range of connectivity options. Notable features include a large touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and advanced safety systems like lane-keep assist and automatic emergency braking.
The Countryman’s spacious interior provides ample room for passengers and cargo. Folding down the rear seats expands the cargo area, making it versatile enough for various needs. Mini’s commitment to quality and attention to detail is evident throughout the cabin, with premium finishes and high-quality craftsmanship.
As for performance, Mini’s renowned go-kart-like driving experience is expected to be maintained in the new Countryman. The electric version will offer quick acceleration and a focused driving experience, thanks to its electric powertrain. The gas-powered variants, with their powerful engines and responsive handling, will appeal to drivers seeking a spirited drive.
In terms of charging infrastructure, Mini, in partnership with BMW, is actively working to expand access to fast-charging stations across the United States. This initiative aims to ease concerns about range anxiety and encourage the adoption of electric vehicles. With more charging options available, electric vehicle owners will have the confidence to embark on longer journeys without worrying about running out of power.
Overall, the third-generation Mini Countryman promises to build upon the success of its predecessors, offering a compelling blend of style, performance, and efficiency. With its electric and gas-powered variants, the Countryman caters to a wide range of customers and their specific preferences. As Mini continues to innovate and expand its electric vehicle lineup, it solidifies its commitment to sustainable mobility and a greener future.