The ladies and gentlemen of Munich may wince as they read this, but I suspect I’ll not be alone in suggesting that the new Countryman owes more than a passing nod of inspiration to the likes of the Nissan Juke and Nissan Qashqai. Just look at those wheel arches…

Read about the 2017 Mini Countryman reveal here

No more is the Countryman a mere blown-up version of the mainstream Mini. This new design ushers in a more practical era inside the car and a more exaggerated, perhaps even quirky and certainly more aggressive exterior look.

If it’s a surprise, it is because the design team, led by the ultra-talented Adrian van Hooydonk, has tended to save its most expressive design for concept cars. But compared with the pair of Nissans and a host of other SUVs, this is still a relatively measured take on the crossover look.