As we get closer to the final launch of the next generation of MINI vehicles, more and more spy photos are popping up. This latest set shows what will probably be the most popular new MINI model, the upcoming countryman. However, these new videos show a spicy version, probably what will happen to the 2024 MINI Countryman JCW, doing some testing in the ring. (We do not own the photos but you can see them here)
So far, we’ve seen a few different versions of the next-generation Countryman. Mostly, though, it’s the plug-in hybrid version, which is going to be the most powerful MINI ever made. However, it may get some competition from its own John Cooper Works siblings.
The next generation MINI Countryman JCW is on the way and it looks like a car in these spy photos. There are some things that its sporty John Cooper Works gives to nature. For starters, its suspension seems to be much lower than the previous test mule we saw. It’s wearing sportier looking wheels than usual. However, the real gift is its drainage design. These photos feature the MINI Countryman’s quad exhaust design, similar to the modern M car, which looks much more sportier than usual. Although the current JCW car lacks quad exhaust, it is possible that MINI could add such a design to JCW models.
It must be wise, too. BMW is offering quad exhausts to its M performance models, even on small crossovers like the BMW X1 M35i. While cars like the X1 and MINI Countryman mentioned above will share the same chassis, it might make sense for both performance models – which will probably share the same basic engine – for the same exhaust design.
At the moment, it’s not clear what kind of power and performance the 2024 MINI Countryman JCW might have. It will probably have the same powertrain as the X1 M35i but we still can’t be sure. However, it is unlikely to have the same power as the PHEV version, which will get a 1.5-liter turbo-three up front and an electric motor at the rear, which will produce 318 horsepower. This JCW model will probably produce less power but it will be lighter and sharper to operate.
It will be interesting to see the direction that MINI takes for its upcoming models If the extraction is anything to go by, I think we can expect the weird British brand to mix things up a bit.