The BMW Group has confirmed the successor to the Mini Countryman will be built in Germany from 2023.
Billed as the “first Mini born in Germany”, the Countryman successor will be produced at Plant Leipzig. The factory will thus become the first German site to produce both BMW and Mini vehicles.
The company furthermore confirmed the new Mini crossover would be offered with the choice of front- or all-wheel drive, as well as “highly efficient” petrol or diesel engines, or all-electric drive.
“Over the last few years, we have worked continuously to lead our plant into a successful future. This contract to produce the successor to the Mini Countryman gives us another major milestone to work towards,” said Hans-Peter Kemser, director of BMW Group Plant Leipzig.
“It is clear evidence of the company’s faith in our expertise and our site, and fantastic news for the future of our plant.”
Plant Leipzig’s current production capacity is “more than” 350 000 units per year, with the facility building the likes of the 2 Series Active Tourer and the 1 Series hatchback. The Saxony site also manufactures the BMW i3 electric vehicle.
The current Countryman is produced in the Netherlands, with completely knocked down units also assembled in India and Indonesia, plus semi-knocked down units assembled in Malaysia.