Our spy photographers have snapped the next-generation Mini Countryman John Cooper Works testing on the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

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The new Mini Countryman SUV is based on BMW's front- and all-wheel drive UKL architecture that not only underpins the latest generation of Mini models, but also the BMW X1 and 2 Series Active Tourer.

To improve interior space and comfort, the second-generation Countryman will likely grow to around 4.4 metres in length, up around 300mm on today's car.

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Under the bonnet, the new Countryman JCW will feature the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine used in the JCW hatch and convertible. In those models, the 2.0-litre turbo develops 170kW of power and 320Nm of torque.

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The new Mini Countryman is widely tipped to make its debut at the 2016 Paris motor show, which takes place at the beginning of October.