BWM is going big with its latest MINI. It’s giving the Mini Clubman a much needed makeover for 2016 that will make it the brand’s largest car and its new flagship model. By biggest, we mean it’s getting six doors, four passenger and two cargo, and a not-so-mini interior that seats five.
“The new MINI Clubman offers the highest level of everyday practicality, long distance suitability, versatility and ride comfort ever seen in a MINI. With five fully-fledged seats and a versatile interior, the new MINI Clubman meets all the requirements of the compact class in terms of functionality in its own unconventional way,” says Sebastian Mackensen, Head of MINI.
The outgoing Clubman model arrived in 2007 and it was basically a slightly larger version of the Cooper. It featured a suicide door and of course the trademark split rear doors. The rear doors are staying, but the new Clubman now features four full sized door and looks more like the SUV crossover Countryman then the Cooper. It is also no longer based on the Cooper, but is its own stand alone model.
The signature split-rear doors are completely new. The rear taillights are now located directly on them, rather than alongside. The doors they can be opened with an optional foot-activated sensor for convenience. The doors open to a spacious cargo area of 17.5 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 47.9 cubic feet when they’re down.
Under the iconic MINI hood, it packs the latest MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology in two different engine choices. The standard Clubman will come with a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine with 136 horses. The S Clubman will come with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine good for 192 horses.
The interior brings MINI into the premium compact segment with what Mini calls a near-bespoke levels of customization. It will be offering a variety of custom upholsteries including a smooth-grained Indigo blue-dyed leather with diamond-stitching in the pattern of English Chesterfield sofas option and a Burgundy leather with Dinamica trim option that have both been developed specifically for the new Clubman.
“The new Clubman strikes a perfect balance between MINI’s heritage and future. As our flagship, the Clubman represents everything MINI does best while showing-off a more mature and refined side. Its premium styling and functional design will play a critical role as we reposition the brand over the next few years,” says David Duncan, Vice President MINI of the Americas.
Pricing details will arrive in September when the new Mini Clubman makes its official World Premiere at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. It will be cruising into dealerships at the beginning of 2016.