Rabu, 26 Februari 2014

New Concept Car: Mini Clubman

The new MINI Clubman 2014 six-door concept is set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

It has a much more stylish design than the current model, and the tiny, rear-hinged, third ‘Clubdoor’ – which was fitted on only one side of the car – has been replaced by a traditional four-door layout.

The two rear ‘barn-doors’ remain to provide access to the boot, making the Clubman a six-door car. Incorporating a proper set of rear doors has affected the dimensions, making this concept 260mm longer than the current Clubman. It’s 187mm wider, too. These are big gains, considering the new three-door hatch is only 98mm longer than its predecessor.

The new UKL1 platform on which the MINI is based is easily stretched, and bosses have already told us that the forthcoming five-door hatchback and Clubman will feature longer wheelbases than the regular model.

The styling is textbook MINI from the front, featuring the round headlights and floating grille with which we’re already familiar.

There’s a slightly sportier profile, with a sloping roofline and less upright rear end. The tail-lights are mounted horizontally, rather than vertically, for only the second time on a MINI – the first time was on the Paceman. The Clubman badge now runs across both boot doors. Inside, MINI is claiming that there’s space for five adults.

We’re also expecting more room in the luggage area than in the current Clubman, which has a measly 260 litres of storage space. The concept’s interior probably doesn’t reflect what we’ll see in the production car – the final design will look near-identical to the three-door’s.

Instead, MINI is promoting its quality finishes and future technology. Wood, leather and metal are used throughout, with attention to detail provided by small touches such as Union Jack-embossed buttons on the seats. The central screen, meanwhile, adapts the information it displays depending on what’s going on ahead of the car. For more details click here.

Thanks to: Auto Express

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