This is the all-new MINI Clubman that’s due to launch next year, and
these spy shots confirm the much more conventional design direction that
the new car will take.
Instead of having two front doors and a single suicide rear door on
the car’s right-hand side, the new car has four conventional doors. It
does keep the traditional rear barn doors, though, making the new
Clubman a six-door car.
The Clubman’s tail-lights are now much larger, and instead of being
fixed to the car’s body, they are now fitted to the doors. Each door
sill features its own wiper, albeit redesigned, and the pair of central
chrome door handles are retained.
You can also see that the small roof spoiler is better integrated
than before, as are the roof rails, while the car’s rear is more steeply
raked than its predecessor, giving a lower, sportier look.
The disguise covers the D-pillars, so it’s currently unknown whether
the Clubman will feature the contrasting D-pillar colours that were
optional on the existing model.
The car spied here is the MINI Clubman Cooper S, hence the bonnet
scoop and twin exhausts. Power will come from the same 2.0-litre
four-cylinder turbo petrol engine as used in the upcoming new MINI hatchback, while the three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines will also be offered.
The Clubman will be based on a version of the UKL platform that
underpins the new MINI hatchback, too. The platform will be extended
overall, and have a longer wheelbase than the hatch, to boost interior
and boost space.
The MINI Cooper 2014
will be unveiled at 15:00 UK time on Monday 18 November. The date
coincides with the birthday of original Mini designer, Sir Alec
Issigonis. For more details click here.