The 2021 Mini Countryman is receiving a design update and new technology when it arrives in U.S. stores this summer. Pricing was not disclosed.
In addition to the plug-in hybrid variant, the Countryman — one of Mini's volume sellers — is available with three gasoline engines that deliver from 134 to 301 hp.
The 2021 Countryman, built on the same architecture that underpins the BMW X1, receives freshened front and rear bumper coverings. A redesigned radiator grille now features hexagonal contours, surrounded by a slim-lined, one-piece chrome frame. The front fascia adds LED headlights and fog lights to the standard trim.
The interior features a new digital cockpit display with optional 5-inch color screen and new digital Mini Connected services.
The Countryman — Mini's largest model— is critical for the future of the brand, which faces an existential crisis, with U.S. sales falling 17 percent in 2019 and 35 percent in the first quarter of 2020.
In 2019, compact crossovers accounted for 19.5 percent of the U.S. light-vehicle market, up from 14.1 percent five years ago. During that period, small-car market share shrank to 12.8 percent from 21.3 percent.
The four-door Countryman is Mini's volume leader, accounting for nearly 40 percent of the brand's 2019 sales.
New developments also are coming in small crossovers, BMW Group sales boss Pieter Nota, speaking to Automotive News, said last summer
"That's a growing segment," Nota added, avoiding specific product plans. "Without revealing anything, we will see growth in that segment."