Mini Clubman concept
The third generation Mini Clubman has been revealed as a concept version set for 2014 Geneva Motor Show next week. As the concept shows, the new Clubman will feature plenty of space, a high level of detailing and premium materials.
The new Mini Clubman sizing
The new Clubman concept is around 10 inches longer than the current Clubman and close to seven inches wider. This increase in size puts the new model into a different category to the regular Mini Cooper, or as MINI describes it, “a higher class of automobile.” With MINI increasing the size of it's models, the days of Mini models adhering to their name may be past.
With the current Clubman being replaced, the company makes way for the introduction of a new five door Cooper model as the new Clubman will be positioned further upmarket as a potential rival for the Volkswagen Golf Estate. The new Clubman concept model features six doors in total, four conventional doors for entering the cabin and two forming a vertically-split tailgate.
The new Mini Clubman models specs
The new concept is built on a stretched version of the BMW Group's front wheel drive UKL platform, which debuted in the redesigned 2014 Mini Cooper. This platform is designed for both three and four cylinder engines, with a 189 brake horse power 2.0 litre turbo four cylinder engine being the most powerful announced so far.
The design for the model is standard MINI, with a hexagonal radiator grille, elliptical shaped lights and floating roof. The model does however gain a subtle rear spoiler at the top of the rear windscreen.
Aerodynamics have been improved, with the new concept becoming the first MINI to be fitted with a so-called 'AirBreather' at the sides. This is similar to the design theme of the 'AirCurtain' vertical slits found at the front of many sporty BMW models. They work by helping to channel air away from the front of the car, along the flanks and out the rear.
Inside, the new Clubman's design interprets typical MINI shapes and colours in a more premium way. Soft leather is now used for the trim while aged silver accents feature on the dash and door innards. Decorative strips in blue lined ash grain wood to add a modern elegance to the interior.We believe that this addition to the range will rank high up against even some sportier models from the likes of Citroen.
The new Mini Clubman concept will make it's debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 4th alongside a wide range of models from other manufacturers.