The next Mini could get a Clubman-style third door, if the prototype seen here is representative
5 February 2012

The third-generation Mini could get a Clubman-style third door, if the prototype seen in these spy shots is representative of the production version.

Close examination seems to show a second shutline, disguised by tape, behind the driver’s door on this left-hand-drive example.

Although it might appear to be just a line of tape applied over the disguise, the driver’s door on this mule is also rather shorter than is typical for a three-door Mini.

BMW received criticism for the use of a single, rear-hinged ‘club door’ on the Clubman, partly because it was on the wrong side for right-hand-drive vehicles, but the company is known to be very keen on the principle. Twin club doors will be used on the production version of the Countryman-based Paceman Coupé and are also expected to be used on the second-generation Clubman.

Meanwhile, BMW has said that the tiny Mini Rocketman will not make it past the concept car stage. The new BMW/Mini front drive platform cannot be shrunk enough to be used for a 3.4m-long city car.

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5 February 2012

When will journalists learn that the Club door is actually on the correct side of the car for RHD models. Works perfectly when you want to put bags behind the drivers seat or grab your coat off the back seat. If the extra door was on the other side it would never get used.

5 February 2012

I think it looks a little pointless, and knowing MINI, it will probably become a complete new model. Still, if offered as an optional extra on the standard hatch, MINI will probably make a fair bit of cash from it. Like Apple, they could make absolutely anything and make a mint from it. And from their point of view at least, why not?

5 February 2012

[quote Autocar]..Meanwhile, BMW has said that the tiny Mini Rocketman will not make it past the concept car stage. The new BMW/Mini front drive platform cannot be shrunk enough to be used for a 3.4m-long city car. [/quote] Shame!

5 February 2012

Im sure like any Mini it will sell well but to me it is pointless.I would prefer some genuine innovation than tired retro designs with cramped interiors.BMW can do it for their own range so why not Mini as well.

5 February 2012

So the new mini MINI will not be built, but the next Mini will be even bigger than the current maxi MINI to incorporate extra rear doors. Confused you will be.

5 February 2012

Makes sense if they can incorporate it. There will always be all the hate for whatever MINI do, but I see this as a good option. It's an interesting answer to the 5-door A1. Hopefully the Clubman will also give some decent extra space as well over the standard hatch.

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10 years of Smart ownership over, sensible car mode activated

5 February 2012

If the include the door and don't swap it for the UK market, then it'll be arrogance on MINI's part. The Clubman hasn't sold in quite the numbers MINI was hoping, I'm sure, largely due to the door. So it may be handy "for putting shopping in the back" or "getting your coat off the seat", but really that's what a boot is for. For kids in the back, the Clubdoor in its current state, in the RHD markets, is a no-no. Either put it on the correct side, both sides, or not at all. I think it'll look odd on a standard MINI, and I sense BMW could lose sight of what the MINI is if they start adding things for no reason.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

5 February 2012

[quote Mini1]I sense BMW could lose sight of what the MINI is if they start adding things for no reason[/quote]

I completely agree. But BMW don't give a toss about what the MINI was - they've proved that with the Countryman and by giving up with the Rocketman. Fair play to them, they're looking for a healthy profit. I'd do the same if it would get me loads of cash. That's BMWs primary intention of this. The customer comes second. His/her money takes priority.

5 February 2012

[quote Fidji]

[quote Mini1]I sense BMW could lose sight of what the MINI is if they start adding things for no reason[/quote]

I completely agree. But BMW don't give a toss about what the MINI was - they've proved that with the Countryman and by giving up with the Rocketman. Fair play to them, they're looking for a healthy profit. I'd do the same if it would get me loads of cash. That's BMWs primary intention of this. The customer comes second. His/her money takes priority.

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But what is MINI? MINI is just a brand, in the same way that DS is, and Fiat are wanting to make out of 500. Or Audi, or Ford....And if they sell well, then how is the customer coming second, there are plenty of alternatives out there if its not what you want?

5 February 2012

So there won't be a Clubman version of the next Mini as it will be a Clubman from the start, I really don't see the point, what if people just want a 3 door?

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