The entire Mini range will be facelifted in August, and these spy pictures give the first look at how the Mini Clubman S will look.
The styling changes are designed to give the car a sportier look, and take some of the design cues set by the upcoming Countryman S model.
Reports suggest a hot diesel version of the car will also go on sale later this year.
Mini’s engineers have successfully managed to fit the BMW four-cylinder engine, designed for a longitudinal application, into the Mini’s engine bay in a transverse installation. The work involved in fitting the BMW engine to the Mini was described by our source as "tricky".
The first of the new Mini diesels will have around 150bhp, similar to that of the 118d, but sources say it would also be possible to use the more powerful twin-turbo diesel from the 123d in the Mini.That would create a Mini diesel with over 200bhp, and could form the basis for a John Cooper Works diesel Mini.
The new Mini diesels are expected to be unveiled at next year’s Geneva motor show in March, and go on sale in the summer.