Just how subtle can an automaker be when making updates or facelifts? Apparently, Mini can, and they can do so with relative ease.
Making its world debut at this year's Auto Shanghai is the 2019 Mini Clubman. No we're not kidding, the Oxford-based brand just launched a fresher and more high-tech six-door wagon. Not only that, it now comes with new transmission options and a more high-tech infotainment system.
Upon first glance, it's hard to actually see the changes Mini applied on the refreshed Clubman. It keeps the distinct 'shooting brake' design from before along with the circular headlights which now come with LED matrix lighting. What's clear, however, is the newly-styled front grill up front which now stretches across the entire front bumper, as well as a new set of LED taillights at the back. There are also new lightweight alloy wheels, and a Sports Suspension setup which lowers ride height by 10mm.
Just like the exterior, the interior of the refreshed Clubman gets some minor nip and tucks here and there. New leather upholsteries and three new trim options (Piano Black, Frozen Blue, and Fibre Alloy) are just some of the changes Mini made to spruce up the cabin. But perhaps one of the most important upgrades done on this particular Mini is the new touchscreen infotainment system.
Before, one can only manipulate the system via the center-console mounted dials and buttons. Now, users can easily go from one menu to the next with a few presses of the optional touchscreen. Besides that, the system can be equipped with a SIM card that provides 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection all the time. With it, users can connect to the internet, search for points of interests, stream music and videos, as well as use the onboard navigation system with ease.
Under the hood, a total of six TwinPower Turbo engines are available for the Clubman; three turbo-diesels and three turbo-gasoline engines. The diesel-fed range spans from 116 PS to 190 PS. Meanwhile, the gasoline-powered units range from 102 PS up to 192 PS. Apart from the wide engine range, there are also three available transmission options to choose from: six-speed manual, seven-speed dual-clutch and an eight-speed automatic.
While the 2019 Clubman may not be carrying as many changes as we'd expect, the slight improvements do give the 'shooting brake' a bit more character and functionality. Besides, the Mini Clubman still looks good as it is whether it received a facelift or not.