Longer and wider Mini Clubman aims to cater to larger market segment
Mini Asia introduced the 2016 Clubman in a regional launch held in Singapore today. According to the automaker, the new-generation Mini Clubman offers "a unique combination of functionality, everyday practicality, long distance suitability, versatility and ride comfort."
As a review, the 2016 Mini Clubman was first revealed at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, with an All4 version revealed just a little over a week ago.
Of note, the Mini Clubman and the similarly sized BMW 2 Series Active Tourer are based on BMW's UKL2 platform. It is derived from BMW's UKL platform, a modular architecture to suit a range of front and four-wheel drive models. However, Mini execs were quick to add that both are entirely different cars
In terms of size, the vehicle is significantly larger than its predecessor measuring 4253mm long (+271mm), 1800mm wide (+73mm) and 1441mm tall (+16mm) with a wheelbase of 2670mm (+103mm).
The exterior of the 2016 Clubman features a contemporary interpretation of the shooting brake design found from the Clubman concept.
Mini says the 2016 Clubman still carries the brand's distinct face through the 'air curtain' inlets which consist of narrow, vertically arranged openings in the outer sections of the lower air inlet. The vehicle also has circular headlights with chrome surrounds, a hexagonal radiator grill and a large bumper.
The rear of the 2016 Clubman comes with horizontal taillights, split doors, roof spoiler and dual exhaust pipes. Mini adds that the vehicle's split doors are opened by means of a dual-section door handle finished in chrome.
Inside, the vehicle has a wide instrument panel with LED lighting ring, round center console, a three-spoke steering wheel and a rack-mounted speedometer. It also has a 6.5-inch color screen (for Cooper variant) or an 8.8-inch (for Cooper S). Moreover, the Clubman has a horizontal decorative strip which lends additional emphasis to the width of the interior.
The Mini Cooper Clubman and Cooper S Clubman are both powered by the latest generation three and four cylinder engines, respectively. Both cars are also driven by Mini's TwinPower Turbo Technology.
The 2016 Cooper S Clubman is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 195 PS and 280 Nm of torque. Mini says that torque can be increased to 300 Nm by means of an overboost function. The company claims that the 2016 S Clubman can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.1 seconds before hitting a top speed of 228 km/h.
On the other hand, the 2016 Cooper Clubman is equipped with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine that produces 138 PS and 220 Nm of torque. Mini said that the 2016 Cooper Clubman sprints in from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.1 seconds, with a top speed of 205 km/h.
The vehicle is fitted as standard with either a 6-speed automatic transmission (Cooper variant) or an 8-speed sports automatic with shift paddles (Cooper S variant).
The 2016 Mini Clubman is scheduled to make its Philippine debut in March 10. It will be the second major activity for Mini in the Philippines after debuting their new brand experience at its Global City dealership last week.
Mini Philippines has revealed that they will be offering the 2016 Clubman at an introductory price for the initial launch units; both the Cooper and Cooper S versions will be offered at PhP 100,000 less.
Regular retail price for the 2016 Mini Clubman will be as follows:
2016 Mini Clubman Cooper - PhP 2,800,000
2016 Mini Clubman Cooper S - PhP 3,300,000