New Mini Clubman previewed as a concept ahead of Geneva debut

We have seen the next Mini Clubman testing at various locations from Germany to the Arctic Circle.

Mini has unveiled the next Clubman now in concept form you see here that is set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week.

“The MINI Clubman Concept shows how the MINI Clubman could be taken a step further: more interior space, a greater sense of high-end quality and yet still clever, bold and distinctive,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Head of BMW Group Design.

Instead of a single “suicide” type rear door the new model will have two new forward hinged rear doors, featuring now a more conventional design with four front-hinged frameless doors.

At the rear the Clubman will keep the side-by-side barn door design instead of a more traditional upward-opening hatch system.

The concept is 4223mm long, making it 260mm longer than the current model. With a width of 1844mm and 1450mm in height, it is 170mm wider and 25mm taller. In addition the concept is 110mm lower. These are quite big changes and the new model will offer a lot more room for the passengers, as well as cargo at the rear.

The front headlights with daytime running lights are set back and more modern than on the current model. The taillights are quite large, dominating the rear.

Other highlights include door mirrors housings mounted on chromed arms, 19-inch alloy wheels and a more upscale interior with high quality materials, while clearly displaying its origins. Mini’s traditional round centre dial is the centre piece of the interior, featuring a high-resolution screen.

Engine line-up is expected to be similar to the new three-door hatch that will go on sale next month.

The entry level engine in the three-door Mini hatch a 114bhp 1.5-litre 3-cylinder diesel, followed by 134bhp 1.5-litre 3-cylinder petrol, while the S model uses a 189bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol. All engines are linked to either a standard six-speed manual gearbox or optional six-speed automatic gearbox.


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