The Mini hatchback will be relatively unchanged in the next generation. However, there is a much larger overhaul planned for the Mini range’s larger end.

Surprisingly, the Mini five-door hatchback will not get an electric version. The estate is unlikely ever to be replaced.

A new compact crossover that is electric only will be available for those who want a Mini EV with more practical features. It will sit below the Mini Countryman. The Spotlight joint venture between Great Wall Motor and BMW Group will see the smaller, high-riding model revealed later in the year.

This crossover will likely be more radical than the Mini-inspired retro-inspired models. The Countryman will be able to expand to better serve families and buyers in the US who tend to prefer larger cars.

According to earlier reports, there will be no plug-in hybrid Countryman. The new Countryman, like the rest of the Mini range, will be powered either by petrol or electric drivetrains. The UK will not be able to purchase a diesel version, although it is being developed.

Countryman production will be moved from the Netherlands to Germany. Oxford will focus on the convertible and hatchback, while the new Chinese plant will handle the electric cars.