Revised Mini Countryman to make New York debut next week

Hot on the heals of the new 2014 Mini Cooper update, the British brand will introduce a revised 2015 Countryman model at the
2013 Mini Countryman JCW All4
Mini will debut a facelifted Countryman at the New York auto show next week (2013 Countryman JCW shown). (Photo: Trevor Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press)
New York International Auto show in Manhattan next week. With photos of the new model not yet available (photos used for this story are of the current model) and very little known about any changes under the sheetmetal, we’re left to speculate that some core styling details, such as the shape and larger size of its grille, will likely be borrowed from its smaller siblings.

To be clear, the new 2015 Countryman is not a complete redo like its front-drive brethren, but rather a mid-cycle refresh, a totally revamped four-door model that will likely ride on a variation of Mini’s new BMW-shared front-wheel drive architecture expected in a couple of year’s time.

The Countryman remains Mini’s only four-door hatchback model, and thanks to a larger
2013 Mini Countryman JCW All4
Expect some design detail changes inside too. (Photo: Trevor Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press)
stance, raised profile, tough bodywork and all-wheel drive running gear, it slots into the burgeoning compact crossover category, targeting Mini lovers with growing families.

While engines and transmissions are expected to remain the same, word has it that a number of small changes will be made to the car’s interior, although no details have emerged from Mini yet. Fortunately we have less than a week to wait before all is revealed. Stay tuned…
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