Due in Singapore in the second quarter of the year, the new Countryman looks unmistakably like a Mini, with its helmet-like roof design, upright rear lamps and big, gormless-looking headlights.
But it is now more maxi than Mini, and its size takes the brand into new market territory. Here are five reasons why this Mini could be a practical option for families.
The headlights, tail-lights, window lines, glass house and detail finishes all scream Mini, just as they should really when your history is based on such an iconic car. It’s a lot harder than you might think to capture the retro design brief, but in this instance, we think Mini has done a particularly good job.
Prime Minister Theresa May has said the UK will leave the EU single market, which guarantees tariff-free trade within the EU, but has suggested that the car industry may be able to retain elements of free trade under a bespoke Brexit deal. If Britain fails to secure a deal with the EU, cars made in the in the country could become subject to World Trade Organization rules with tariffs of 10 percent on vehicles exported from the UK to the EU.