After previous observations in camouflaged MINI Countryman prototypes, our spy photographers caught another one in the wild, and this time they were able to take a couple of interior shots that first reveal the dashboard design.
Fortunately, most of the interior was open, which allowed us to see all the new details. The highlight is the huge round element on the center console, which is now full screen, without the expressions of the current Countryman. Although the screen is not as harmoniously integrated with the dashboard as before, the screen looks similar to the one we recently saw in the leaked images 2023 MINI Hatch EV.
The circular touch infotainment screen is combined with a small digital dashboard and a projection display. Compared to the previous Countryman we also see horizontally placed climate holes and fewer physical buttons and toggles. The steering wheel is also borrowed from the future MINI Hatch EV with two spokes that combine the new buttons. Obviously, not all interior details are fit for production, with some dummy switches in the central tunnel to be replaced in the final design.
While the exterior design will look familiar, the next-generation MINI Countryman will be larger than the outgoing model, and reports say an increase in length of about 200mm (7.5-8.0 inches). This is likely to result in more space for passengers and a larger trunk, which will bring the car closer to the top of its segment in terms of size and practicality.
The next MINI Countryman will share the FAAR platform with the future BMW X1 and 2-Series Active Tourer. MINI has confirmed that in addition to petrol and diesel power units Countryman will be offered for the first time in fully electric form. In terms of performance-oriented options, the S and JCW are likely to have an updated 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo engine combined with a sporty design, stronger brakes, quad-core exhaust pipes and more focused suspension adjustment. There are also rumors about a native SUV that could bring it back Paisman name.
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Interior photos of the 2024 MINI Countryman show a huge round screen
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