The added length, width and height make the new Clubman 126mm longer and 55mm wider than the existing Countryman — up until now Mini’s largest model — but 111mm lower due to its lesser ride height.
Among the flamboyant styling flourishes added to the concept are recessed headlights with daytime running lights that form a continuous ring within the housing, so-called 'air curtains' to steer airflow around the wheel arches, 19-inch wheels and tyres, door mirror housings mounted on chromed arms and tail-lights that have been turned through 90 degrees to give greater horizontal emphasis to the rear end.
Inside, there’s a clean, sophisticated-looking dashboard which is claimed to point to how future Mini interiors will look. Premium materials including leather, various wood trims and chromed controls aim to provide the concept with an upmarket feel, although production versions will be rather less well appointed.
The centrepiece to the cabin is Mini’s traditional round centre dial, which houses a high-resolution screen. As with the new Mini hatchback, the main dials are housed within a dedicated instrument cluster behind the steering wheel. The centre console between the front seats is elevated, placing the gearlever and controls higher than in existing Mini models.
The new Clubman is set to get a similar engine line-up to that of the smaller three-door hatchback, which is due to go on sale next month. Included in the range are 1.5-litre three-cylinder and 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel units in combination with either a standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic gearbox.
The Mini Clubman Cooper S has already been spotted undergoing advanced dynamic tuning at the Nurburgring, with the pictures (available by scrolling through the images above) confirming that the production car will look very similar to the concept.
Cooper S Clubman variants will be powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the Cooper S hatch. However the Clubman will be 494mm longer than the hatch, which will mean it weighs more and is therefore not as quick.
These pictures confirm that the Cooper S will retain its trademark bonnet scoop and twin exhaust arrangements. The large horizontal rear lights shown on the Clubman concept will also feature on the production model.
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