Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Mini | posted June 25, 2015 12:32
Mini launches new-generation Clubman with 5 doors
Following the teaser image released last week, Mini has officially revealed the 2016 Clubman and will offer a 'unique combination of functionality, everyday practicality and long distance suitability as claimed by the company.
Compared with the previous generation, the 2016 Clubman is now measures 4,253mm long (+270mm), 1,800mm wide (+90mm) and 1,441mm tall (+16mm). The wheelbase also benefits from the increase in size as it now comes in at 2,670mm, 100mm more than the older model.
Aesthetically, the exterior still features the Shooting Brake design found from the Clubman concept along with the signature cargo doors at the back. More importantly, it gets an additional rear passenger door. The front still carries the brand's distinct face and is spruced up with the distinct 'Air Curtain' inlets. The rear on the other hand gets new horizontal taillights which replaces the vertical units found on the previous generation.
The interior now conforms to the brand's current design philosophy as it features the circular instrument panel with LED lighting ring, infotainment displays and functions, center-mounted toggle switches, and the steering rack-mounted speedometer. Decorative strips provide interior décor which can be seen on the center console and and door trim.
With the rear seats down, it has maximum cargo capacity of 360 liters and like most Minis, it has hidden compartment below that can store smaller items. Fold the rear seats and the Clubman will be able to accommodate 1,250 liters of cargo.
Available engines for 2016 Mini Clubman include two gasoline-powered units and a diesel-driven motor. First up is the 1.5-liter Twin Power Turbo inline-three that puts out 136 PS and 220 Nm which allows it to sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in 9.1 seconds before reaching a top speed of 205 km/h.
Next is the 2.0-liter TwinPowerTurbo inline-four which is available for the Clubman Cooper S variant. It delivers 192 PS and 280 Nm of torque to the front wheels while 0 – 100 km/h comes in at 7.1 seconds. Top speed is limited at 228 km/h.
The last engine is the diesel-powered 2.0-liter TwinPowerTurbo inline-four that is reserved for the Cooper D model. It generates 150 PS along with 330 Nm of torque. 0 – 100 km/h is clocked in at 8.5 seconds while top speed is registered at 212 km/h.
Available options and features that can be found on the 2016 Clubman include: heads-up display, park assist, camera-based cruise control, interior ambient lighting, dual-zone climate control, panoramic glass roof, navigation and a Harman & Kardon hi-fi system.
It will be making its official debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.