Noticeably missing was the fiery John Cooper Works Countryman, though Mini has indicated that it isn’t too far away by taking to X this week to post some revealing teaser shots.
No specifications were included but Mini said to expect a “whole lot of horsepower.”
The outgoing JCW Countryman makes do with 301 hp from a 2.0-liter turbo-4, and the new model’s power levels should be in the same vicinity. An 8-speed automatic and all-wheel-drive system should complete the drivetrain.
X post by Mini on Sept. 11, 2023
The outgoing model’s other performance tweaks should also carry over, like sport-tuned suspension, uprated brakes, a quicker steering ratio, and a limited-slip differential.
The teaser shots also reveal some of the unique styling treatments that will be applied to the latest JCW Countryman. These include checkered flag motifs and “JCW” badges.
The Countryman was shown in Munich in two planned electric grades: a Countryman E with 188 hp and a sportier Countryman SE with 308 hp. Mini is planning electric John Cooper Works grades, so it’s possible there will be an electric JCW Countryman at some point.