With models like the X5 M and X6 M, BMW has shown it is no stranger to performance-oriented crossovers. That extended to its Mini brand when it opted to enter the Countryman in the World Rally Championship, but now we've received confirmation that a road- (or off-road-) going Countryman JCW is on its way.

Currently undergoing winter testing in Austria, the Countryman JCW is to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Mini has yet to confirm the details, but we're expecting the 1.6-liter turbo to churn out a good 215 horsepower or so – a significant increase over the Cooper S Countryman (pictured above) and its 177 hp – for a 0-60 time of less than seven seconds.

The John Cooper Works version of the Mini crossover will also ride lower than existing versions, and sport all the suspension and aero upgrades you'd expect from a JCW model, with sales expected to start in about a year. The question is whether this is the version which Prodrive – the motorsport consultancy that fields the Countryman WRC – is currently preparing, or whether that is still to come as a performance model of its own.

We'll have a drive report on the Countryman JCW prototype coming in just a matter of days, so watch this space for more information.

I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.

    • 1 Second Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      Win! If the Paceman isn't out (and hopefully in diesel form) when I'm looking for my next MINI, the JCW countryman is def. a contender! However... this class is definitely getting competitive....
      • 3 Years Ago
      They need to put BMW's 2.0 N20 engine in there. Then pump it to 280 hp. You'd have some fun with that. The WRC Countryman looks like a hoot. m52go - mostly for customization and dealer service. Mini buyers tend to make far more (median income in excess of 100k per household) and like making their cars unique. Additionally, mini dealers deliver a level of service that's not common in Subaru. The STI is a beast but a different kind of beast.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the Countryman a lot but cannot understand why someone would get the JCW version of it over an STI.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ever occur to you that someone might like the Countryman JCW better than an STI? I'm just saying....
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a travesty of the Cooper name and nothing more than an overpriced niche marketing exercise.Gross