MINI introduced the facelifted Hatch and Convertible last year and now the company is turning its attention to the Countryman. Recently spotted undergoing testing in Munich, the facelifted crossover has a heavily disguised front fascia which covers a revised grille and updated headlights. The model has also been equipped with a new front bumper that features a wide lower opening and vertical intakes.
The styling updates continue at the rear as we can see modified taillights and what appears to be a more rounded tailgate. We can also expect a new rear bumper, but details are hard to make out. Spy photographers couldn�t get close enough to snap interior pictures, but the Countryman could be outfitted with a larger and more modern infotainment system. We can also expect more personalization options and possibly some new features and/or additional standard equipment.
Since the Countryman recently received a host of powertrain upgrades, engine options could carryover. That�s not necessarily a bad thing as the 2020 John Cooper Works Countryman has a �comprehensively redesigned� turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 301 hp and 450 Nm of torque. This enables the model to accelerate from 0-96 km/h in 5.1 seconds, before hitting a limited top speed of 250 km/h.
The JCW Countryman wasn�t the only model updated for 2020 as the plug-in hybrid Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 received an improved battery pack with a larger capacity of 9.6 kWh. This increased the crossover�s electric-only range from 19.3 km to approximately 25.7 km. Since this is our first time seeing the updated Countryman, the production model is likely a ways off. Nothing is official, but the crossover could be introduced about a year from now as a 2021 model.