► Next-gen Mini Countryman JCW spotted
► Will get 228bhp 2.0-litre turbo four
► Due to arrive in 2017, after regular model
Hold onto your breakfasts: we’ve got new spy shots of the upcoming second-gen Mini Countryman, in full-fat John Cooper Works specification.
Yes, among the myriad prototypes currently being tested at the fabled ’Ring – including the new Audi S5 Cabriolet and BMW M5 – is the next-gen flagship version of Mini’s crossover.
How will it differ from the regular Countryman?
From this prototype it’s clear to see that the JCW will feature – just like the hatchback and convertible versions – more aggressive styling, as well as extra air intakes to feed its turbocharged powerplant.
Also evident on this test car are bigger wheels and upgraded brakes. Unsurprisingly, it also sounded more potent than the standard version.
Is it going to be any quicker than the old one?
Power will come from the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four as found in the latest JCW variants, which pack 228bhp and 236lb ft. That’s a fair hike over the current 1.6-litre turbo’s 215bhp and 207lb ft.
Will it be any faster? Well, we’ll have to wait and see. The current model sprints from 0-62mph in 6.9sec, but the JCW Countryman’s more powerful engine may also have more weight to lug around.
When will it arrive?
The next-gen Countryman is expected to arrive later this year, with a range of engine options and the choice of two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The hot JCW, as seen here, isn’t expected until 2017.
Read our latest Mini JCW review here
Icon buyer: new Countryman vs used Evoque, CAR+ May 2016