2015 MINI Clubman prototype continues testing on the Nürburgring

Here we have the latest spy shots of the second-generation MINI Clubman, testing for the first time on the Nürburgring.

We have seen prototypes testing at various locations and last month MINI showed the Clubman concept at the Geneva Motor Show, previewing closely the production model.

Even though the prototype wears plenty of camouflage, you can see it is quite similar to the concept, just toned down a bit with different bumpers, grille and side mirrors.

The new model adds new forward hinged rear doors, instead of a single “suicide” type rear door on the outgoing model.

The side-by-side barn door design at the rear is still there, instead of a more traditional upward-opening hatch system.

The taillights are well hidden, but it looks like they are quite similar to the large ones we saw on the concept.

The new model will offer more room for rear passengers and also for their cargo.

Engine line-up is expected to be similar to the new three-door hatch with the base model using a 114bhp 1.5-litre 3-cylinder diesel, followed by 134bhp 1.5-litre 3-cylinder petrol, while the S model to use a 189bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol.

Six-speed manual gearbox will be standard, while the six-speed automatic will be optional.


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