Mini intends to discontinue the plug-in hybrid crossover and relocate production from the Netherlands to Germany.
While the next-generation Mini hatchback will remain largely unchanged, the larger end of the Mini range will undergo a more significant transformation.
Surprisingly, the Mini five-door hatchback will not be offered in electric form, and the estate will not be directly replaced.
There will be a new electric-only compact crossover that sits beneath the Mini Countryman for those looking for a more practical Mini EV. This smaller, higher-riding model will be unveiled later this year and will be manufactured in China as part of the Spotlight joint venture between BMW and Great Wall Motor.
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It will most likely be more radical in design than previous retro-inspired Mini production models. This smaller crossover will allow the Countryman to expand in order to better serve families and buyers in the United States, who are accustomed to larger vehicles.
The plug-in hybrid version of the Countryman will be phased out, contrary to earlier reports. The new Countryman, like the rest of the future Mini lineup, will be available with either a petrol or an electric drivetrain. A diesel version is being developed, but it will not be available in the UK.
Oxford will focus on the hatchback and convertible, while the new Chinese plant will handle the electric cars. Countryman production will move from the Netherlands to Germany.
In India, Mini Cooper sells the current-generation Countryman in Cooper S and Cooper S JCW variants, as well as the Cooper SE, the company’s first electric vehicle.