The new generation of the MINI model family continues to grow with the new MINI Clubman. The new Clubman is larger than the model it replaces and with more useful apertures, the new 2016 MINI Clubman slots into the marque’s new lineup above the four/five-door version of the core Hardtop hatchback. It measures a useful 10.9 inches longer than the Hardtop, 2.9 inches wider, and rides on a wheelbase that’s four inches longer.
Size isn’t the only element that sets the new Clubman apart from its predecessor, though. It’s also got a more conventional door arrangement, with four proper, forward-hinged doors. The split tailgate doors carry over, and can be optionally operated hands-free to give access to a sizeable rear with the split rear seats folded flat.
American buyers will be able to choose between Cooper and Cooper S specifications. The former comes with a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-three with 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, good for an 8.9-second 0-60 time and a 127-mile-per-hour top speed with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The Cooper S upgrades include a 2.0-liter turbo four good for 189 hp and 207 lb-ft, to reach 60 in 7.0 seconds flat with the six-speed manual or 6.9 with a new eight-speed automatic, topping out at 142. Despite the added size, MINI promises the new Clubman will offer the same go-kart handling for which the brand has become known for.
This being a MINI, there are many, many options available, the most popular of which will be the ‘Chilli’ pack (MINI estimates more than half of new Clubman buyers will tick this box). This offers leather, sports seats, park distance control, auto air con and LED lights.
Pricing and availability are set to be announced in September before the new Clubman reaches US showrooms at the beginning of next year.