British-born brand Mini has officially debuted the 2025 Mini Countryman. Upon release, there will be two distinctive variants of this all-new crossover, which will each serve as a direct competitor to the Chevy Equinox and Chevy Equinox EV, respectively.
Longer and wider than the preceding generation, the third-generation Countryman will once again serve as the largest offering in the Mini family. Notably, the all-new compact crossover will be the first Mini vehicle to be manufactured in Germany.
At release, there will be both a combustion-engine and electric variants, which will compete with the Equinox and Equinox EV, respectively. In regard to the EV, there will be two performance levels, including the Countryman E, rated at 204 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and the Countryman SE ALL4, rated at 313 horsepower and 364 pound-feet of torque.
Due to the iconic nature of the Mini, the exterior styling is more of an update as compared to a compete revision. That being said, the new Countryman features short overhangs, a slightly curved roof, and a more aerodynamic shape overall.
In regard to the interior, the entire cabin has been overhauled with a simplistic ideal in mind. To this end, information pertaining to the vehicle is projected onto an optional head-up display, while an OLED display allows drivers to interface with the new Mini Operating System 9. Notably, there is no driver gauge cluster.
“With the all-electric Mini Countryman, the largest model in the new Mini vehicle family takes the brand into an era of locally emission-free electric mobility,” Head of Mini Stefanie Wurst stated in a prepared statement. “The first Mini to be manufactured in Germany also offers the highest possible level of environmental compatibility in production. Its versatility and powerful electric drive make it the perfect companion in the city as well as for adventures beyond.”
As previously mentioned, both gasoline and electric versions of the new Countryman will serve as rivals to the Equinox and Equinox EV, respectively. In regard to the former, the next-gen Chevy Equinox is expected to launch for the 2025 model year, and will bring about a major overhaul as compared to the current third-generation model. Updates are expected to include the likes of significant exterior design changes, an all-new cabin, and a fresh powertrain lineup.
As for the Equinox EV, production of “captured test fleet” (CTF) examples of the all-electric crossover officially kicked off a few months ago at the GM Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico, while full-scale production of the EV will commence later this year. Based off the same GM BEV3 platform that the Cadillac Lyriq rides on, the Equinox EV will serve as the little brother to the larger Chevy Blazer EV offering, which itself has already entered regular production.