While full details are yet to be revealed, judging by the photos below, the Countryman features a more aggressive front-end and rear-end bumpers, custom black-painted wheels and lowered suspension.
The photos were taken in the new BMW Wind Tunnel that was unveiled exactly a year ago in Munich.
The MINI Countryman is entering the US market with a choice of two engines, each coming in the new generation of power units developed with masterful engineering and naturally, comply with ULEV II emission standards. The rev-happy 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine in the Cooper offersand performance with fully variable valve timing and lift via VALVETRONIC technology.
The Cooper S adds a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct fuel injection. It also features fully-variable valve management offering the best balance of engine power and fuel consumption in its class. And as an alternative to the standard six-speed manual gearbox, both Cooper and Cooper S models are also available with a six-speed automatic transmission complete with manual control.
The launch date for markets outside North America is fall 2010, and early 2011 for the U.S.