Mini’s safety for its photograph shoots of recent autos is, in a phrase, poor. Considered one of our spy shooters simply caught the all-new Mini Countryman SE utterly undisguised on what appears to be like to be a shoot someplace in Los Angeles. It was solely a short while in the past that the brand new Mini Cooper SE was caught in the same method, no camouflage to be seen by any means.
It’s virtually too coincidental to be true, frankly. Is Mini making an attempt to drum up hype by “leaking” the designs earlier than we’re alleged to see them? Or is that this only a issue of poor safety as we initially surmised? Regardless, these photographs imply that we get to see the larger, new electrical Countryman SE in all its glory forward of the official reveal.
The Countryman was by no means a small Mini, nevertheless it certain does seem like getting larger with this era. Its windshield and rear window are extra raked than earlier than, nevertheless it’s nonetheless retaining the boxy look we’re accustomed to. Its entrance finish options some daring, new headlights, and its grille wears the inexperienced “S” emblem that the Mini SE additionally wears. The wheels, whereas not as wild-looking as the present Cooper SE, nonetheless function some slightly distinctive blade-like spokes that match a lot of the automobile’s ornamental trim. A silver blade with “ALL4” written on it sits within the window between the C and D pillars, and it cuts into the roof, accentuating the step down within the roof because it arcs rearward. An extended spoiler hangs off the rear, and the hatch has a slab-sided look to it. The rear taillights are distinctive and stand vertically on the wraparound rear fenders. “Countryman” is spelled out in massive letters, and since that is an EV, there’s no exhaust poking out the rear finish.
Different small touches we’ll level out embrace the patterned fender cladding that provides some styling in a spot that often doesn’t have a lot. It’s additionally sporting new door handles that sit flush with the doorways versus handles that poke out, just like new BMW fashions and the Cooper SE spied a few weeks in the past.
Mini has already launched a number of powertrain specs, and since we all know this automobile pictured is an ALL4 mannequin, we already comprehend it’s sporting a dual-motor setup rated for 313 mixed horsepower. Vary is claimed to be about 280 miles on the WLTP cycle, however that might be much less in EPA testing. A lower-power, single-motor FWD mannequin known as the Countryman E will even be accessible with 191 horsepower. There might be gasoline-powered variations of the Countryman, too, however that mannequin’s design will probably have a variety of variations versus this Countryman SE.
We’ll want to attend for an official divulge to see inside photographs, however who is aware of? At this price, undisguised inside spy photographs might be discovering their means into our inboxes by tomorrow.