Given the timing of the spy shots, which show the car thinly disguised, an unveiling at the Paris motor show is expected, although not confirmed.
The Clubman is currently the oldest car in Mini's range, having been introduced in 2016 in its current generation. The hatchback and convertible have just been updated, while the new Countryman was launched in 2017.
The facelifted Clubman will not get the hatchback’s divisive Union Jack tail-lights, but it will ditch its eye-like lights in favour of flatter units with sweeping indicators - a first for the Mini brand.
Under the bonnet, Mini’s new three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine is expected to be offered, with 101bhp in the base-spec car, as per the hatchback. A 2.0-litre petrol with 228bhp is expected to be rolled out for the John Cooper Works model, given that the other JCW models already share the engine. A 1.5-litre diesel engine is also likely to be carried over from the hatchback.