Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Brent Co, Mini Press | posted March 11, 2016 10:48
Shooting-brake inspired 2016 Mini Clubman debuts
The 2016 Clubman has officially arrived in the country after Mini Philippines debuted the new-generation model at the Green Sun Hotel in Makati City.
It was billed by the automaker of delivering the highest levels of everyday practicality, versatility and comfort. Also, the new Clubman features a shooting brake design, high-quality materials in its cabin and potent powertrain options.
“When the MINI Clubman was first presented in 2007, it was responding to a desire for space to accommodate more passengers and luggage as well as to expectations of a 21st century automobile in terms of comfort, safety and efficiency. It took the shooting brake concept in MINI style to a whole new dimension. Today, the new MINI Clubman far surpasses its predecessor not only in dimensions but in providing an overall better driving experience packed with more technology and innovations than before,” said Willy Tee Ten, President of Mini Philippines.
Compared to the previous generation, the 2016 Clubman is significantly bigger. It now measures 4,253mm long (+271mm), 1,800mm wide (+73mm) and 1,440mm tall (+15mm). There is also better interior space thanks to a 2,670mm wheelbase, making it 103mm longer than the outgoing model.
Over to its design, the 2016 Clubman uses a modern interpretation of the shooting brake concept. It combines a sporty style with its long roof line and steep rear, along with the usability of a wagon-like interior. Up front, it gets the familiar front fascia of current Mini models with its round headlights, hexagonal grill, circular foglights and clamshell hood. It now has four proper doors, along with the distinct cargo doors at the back. It also differentiates itself from standard Mini hatches with its horizontal taillight design.
Inside, the new Clubman now conforms to the brand's current design philosophy. It gets the cirular instrument panel with LED lighting ring, infotainment display and the center mounted toggle switches. There is also an electronic parking brake that replaces the traditional handbrake.
With the rear seats up, the Clubman can hold 360-liters of cargo and even has a hidden luggage area on the floor that can store small items. Fold the seats however, and it can accommodate 1,250-liters of cargo.
Depending on the variant chosen, there are two engine options available for the 2016 Clubman. On the entry-level Cooper Clubman, it is driven by a 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-three that generates 136 PS and 220 Nm of torque. Mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox, it can sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in 9.1 seconds before reaching its 205 km/h top speed.
At the top of the range is the Cooper Clubman S which gets the 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-four. It cranks out 192 PS and 280 Nm of torque (300 Nm of torque with overboost). 0 – 100 km/h comes in at 7.1 seconds while top speed is rated at 228 km/h. Power is transferred to the front wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Optional features available for the 2016 Clubman include: Driving Assistant (camera-based cruise control with distance control function), automatic brake maneuver and a heads up-display.
The 2016 Mini Clubman is now available at all authorized dealerships and are currently retailing with introductory prices:
Mini Clubman Cooper – PhP 2,700,000
Mini Clubman Cooper S – PhP 3,200,000