The modern Mini’s third-generation family is in the process of being updated.
That leaves us with the Countryman as the final member to be updated. The recent sighting of a prototype suggests the update should happen soon. Look for it to be introduced for the 2021 model year.
Mini only instigates mild updates for its cars’ mid-cycles, which for the Countryman should entail some refreshed front and rear fascias and a new Union Jack-style graphic for the taillights. The car will also sport a more streamlined Mini logo.
2021 Mini Countryman facellift spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
Inside will be an updated infotainment system with a standard 6.5-inch display (8.8-inch available), wireless charging pad, and greater connectivity options. There should also be a wider selection of trim options.
We don’t expect any tweaks to the powertrains given the changes made for the 2020 model year. This means the base Cooper should come with a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-3 delivering 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque (169 lb-ft with overboost), and the Cooper S with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 189 hp and 206 lb-ft (221 lb-ft with overboost).
The John Cooper Works for 2020 saw output from its 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 dialed up to 301 horsepower, up from 228 hp previously. This helped reduce the 0-62 mph time to 5.1 seconds, or making it about 1.5 seconds quicker than before.
Meanwhile, the Cooper S E plug-in hybrid for 2020 saw its battery capacity increase from 7.6 to 9.6 kilowatt-hours, helping to boost its electric range from 12 to approximately 16 miles.