Concept reveals new Clubman estate to be biggest Mini yet; Mini Clubman Cooper S begins testing
4 March 2014

The new Mini Clubman has been reinvented as a bold four-door estate. It goes on sale in the UK in late 2015.

Mini previewed the new car with a concept at the Geneva motor show in 2014, provinding a lightly veiled look at the new Clubman. While the exterior of the concept features some exaggerated proportions, it's also claimed to closely resemble the look of the production model. 

The new Clubman avoids the quirky layout of its predecessor as the single rear-hinged nearside door is binned in favour of a more conventional design with four front-hinged frameless doors. The traditional barn-style rear doors of its predecessors have been retained.

The new layout is aimed at introducing added levels of practicality and versatility to the Clubman in order to provide it with broader sales potential against premium-brand hatchback rivals.

Stretching to 4223mm in length, the latest Clubman is 262mm longer than the model it replaces. At 1844mm wide and 1450mm high, it is also 161mm wider and 24mm taller than before.

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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26 February 2014
One incredibly ugly vehicle, MINI should do the sensible thing and put the Clubman out of its misery, this car is unnecessary as it fills the same role as the Countryman, just in a much uglier form.

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26 February 2014
It's a disgrace what BMW has done to Mini. This latest model is absolutely horrendous from every angle.

26 February 2014
This new Mini, Length 4223 mm, Width 1844 mm, Height 1450mm
Old Maxi, Length 4039mm, Width 1626 mm Height, 1384mm
Old Maestro, Length 4013mm, Width 1676mm, Height 1430mm
Eight inches longer than the Maxi, seven longer than the Maestro and sixty five inches longer than the original Minivan. Perhaps time to bring back the Maxi nameplate, or is that being reserved for a Range Rover sized Mini?

26 February 2014
I think you'll find the Ford Focus is larger than the Ford Anglia, the Mondeo larger than the Mk1 Cortina, the latest Golf larger than the first Beetle. This car looks pretty great to my eyes. Cue Specsavers "jokes".

26 February 2014
Yes, but none of those vehicles specifically mention and reference proudly their lack of size in their names. If your brand identity was based partly on a size mentioned in the name, don't you think that your products should reflect it to some extent? It's like Audi selling Quattro branded cars that are FWD or anyone selling a car as 'Sport' when it is slower and worse handling than the standard model. They could, at least make a car that is smaller than others, otherwise Mini doesn't mean anything.

26 February 2014
concinnity wrote:

Yes, but none of those vehicles specifically mention and reference proudly their lack of size in their names. If your brand identity was based partly on a size mentioned in the name, don't you think that your products should reflect it to some extent? It's like Audi selling Quattro branded cars that are FWD or anyone selling a car as 'Sport' when it is slower and worse handling than the standard model. They could, at least make a car that is smaller than others, otherwise Mini doesn't mean anything.

And Ford cars dont look like a small stream that you can cross. It's a brand name, get over it. Rovers dont look like 4 legged muts, Citroen's dont look like a variety of fruit etc etc.

I'm not sure on this. I have a Countryman Cooper S All4 at the mo and liked the idea of trading it in for a proper fun small estate. Looks a bit of a mess for me.

26 February 2014
pathfinder wrote:

This car looks pretty great to my eyes. Cue Specsavers "jokes".

There is a branch in most high streets. Whoever designs vehicles for BMW nowadays is sorely in need of their services. Astigmatism?

26 February 2014
You know MINI only means "small" in English right?! In German, French, Chinese...... It just means the same as coke, it's a brand name!

Why is everyone so hung up about "what bmw have done to mini" last I checked they turned a dying British mark in to a massive global success, that employs 1,000s of people across Britain, IMHO they have done a great job with it! I wouldn't buy most of the cars, but clearly people do and that is what BMW/MINI are I'm existence to do!

Re the car Personally I think this actually looks rather good. But hey that's just me!

26 February 2014
Vidge 123 wrote:

You know MINI only means "small" in English right?! In German, French, Chinese...... It just means the same as coke, it's a brand name!

Why is everyone so hung up about "what bmw have done to mini" last I checked they turned a dying British mark in to a massive global success, that employs 1,000s of people across Britain, IMHO they have done a great job with it! I wouldn't buy most of the cars, but clearly people do and that is what BMW/MINI are I'm existence to do!

Re the car Personally I think this actually looks rather good. But hey that's just me!

+1

Well said. Mini is now a brand, not a model. Yet, if people were so concerned that the current models are no longer small, i.e. not a proper Mini, why is the car such a sales success? It's not being bought for the definition of its badge. I wonder if the Italians are getting so hung up about the fact the Fiat 500 no longer has a half-litre engine like the original Nuova, hence its name? Or if the definition of brand names are an issues, do people get hung by the fact that many BMW and Fiats are built where their name suggests? I suspect those moaning about BMW's tenure of Mini are the same ones who say Rolls Royce is no longer a Rolls Royce, or Bentley is just a glammed up VW. Let's see BMW give up Mini and then see what happens to it.

26 February 2014
"I think you'll find the Ford Focus is larger than the Ford Anglia, the Mondeo larger than the Mk1 Cortina, the latest Golf larger than the first Beetle"

Yes, they're all at it. It doesn't make ridiculously oversized, poorly packaged cars a good idea. It just makes them common and reminds us how dire car design is these days.

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