The BMW Group has announced the release of the new MINI Clubman, which the company claims offers the highest level of everyday practicality, long distance suitability, versatility and ride comfort ever seen in a MINI.
Featuring four doors and the characteristic split doors at the rear, five fully-fledged seats and a generously sized, versatile interior, the new MINI Clubman is 10.9-inches longer and 2.9-inches wider than the MINI Hardtop 4 Door, and its wheelbase is 4-inches larger. Clubman’s luggage compartment is now larger with the ability to extend it even further by folding down the rear backrest.
Both the new MINI Clubman variants are powered by engines with the latest generation of MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology. MINI Cooper Clubman has a 134 bhp 3-cylinder petrol engine, while the new MINI Cooper S Clubman offers a 4-cylinder petrol engine and 189 bhp. Those opting for the MINI Cooper S Clubman can opt for the 8-speed Steptronic transmission.
The company revealed that in a bid to ensure that the handling properties of the car are the best in the segment, all suspension components in the new MINI Clubman were also specially developed and harmonised to suit the model.
As far as the feature set is concerned, the new MINI Clubman offers electric parking brake, the electrical seat adjustment function available as a special equipment feature and the option MINI Yours Interior Styles with backlit door bezels.
Those opting for the MINI Excitement Package will have their car packed with LED interior and ambient lighting as well as a projection of the MINI logo onto the ground from the exterior mirror on the driver’s side when the car is opened and closed.
Another new feature that is unique within the competitive field is the Comfort Access option including non-contact opening of the split doors at the rear. Other options available for the new MINI Clubman include LED headlamps, the MINI Driving Modes and Dynamic Damper Control.
The program of optional driver assistance systems includes the Head-Up Display which extends above the steering column, the Driving Assistant system including camera-based active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning with initial brake function, high beam assistant, road sign detection, Parking Assistant and rear view camera. The complete MINI Connected in-car infotainment program is also available.
In intelligent, brand-appropriate style, the MINI Connected XL Journey Mate helps the driver plan journeys as well as providing individualised information in route to the destination as required. Numerous other social network and infotainment functions can be integrated in the car by means of smartphone apps, allowing them to be used intuitively, conveniently and safely via the MINI operating system.
You can find more information about the features of the new MINI Clubman here.