The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and it is likely to remain the marque's maximum-sized car. "There will not be a larger Mini for the foreseeable future," said the brand's boss, Sebastian Mackensen.
The new Countryman is 200mm longer and 30mm wider than the first-generation model and now competes in the compact class, the first Mini to do so. BMW's board member for Mini, Peter Schwarzenbauer, said the Countryman will stand out against more practical compacts because of its distinctive look. "Mini is a style icon and the Countryman has lots of emotional appeal," he said.
The Countryman, which first appeared in 2010, had to grow because customers, especially in the U.S. and China, wanted more room as well as additional safety equipment and comfort features.