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2017 Mini Countryman : Second-gen mini SUV goes maxi

Mini Australia has only just announced pricing for the facelifted Countryman, and already CarAdvice’s spy photographers have captured the all-new second-generation model testing in Germany.

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Images of a heavily camouflaged Mini Countryman prototype on public roads confirm the British brand is hard at work on the next iteration of its controversial compact SUV.

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The test car wears body panels borrowed from the current Countryman, though a close look reveals a longer bonnet and larger overhangs suggesting the new Countryman will grow even larger than existing 4.1-metre-long model.

The larger exterior dimensions should translate to a more spacious cabin, with additional room for passengers and a bigger boot.

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Like the third-generation three-door and all-new five-door Mini hatchbacks, the second-gen Mini Countryman will be based on the UKL platform that is also shared with the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and will underpin the next-generation X1.

The larger grille and wider intakes hint at changes under the bonnet. A range of three- and four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines will be available in the new Countryman, along with front- and all-wheel-drive layouts.

The new Mini Countryman has been tipped to reach international showrooms in 2017, seven years after the launch of the original model.