As the Mini family of models is refined, Mini has revealed the 2016 Mini Clubman with more tech, personality and luxury. It aims to innovate in the premium compact segment, with a combination of functionality, practicality and long-distance suitability. This is all whilst it offers driving fun, ‘premium charisma’ and individuality.
With an automotive market that is now dominated by SUV’s, the Mini Clubman is a bold entry and will have to work hard to find who its buyers are. Those wanting a small, shooting brake style car. Whilst great technology and style is synonymous with modern Mini vehicles, it is going to have to be something special to demand the premium price point it will undoubtedly have.
In comparison to the Mini 5 door, it is 27 centimetres longer and 9 centimetres wider, and has five fully-fledged seats, and a 1250 litre luggage compartment with the 40:20:40 split rear seats folded down. At the rear, the rear opening features two split doors – making loading and unloading luggage or equipment quite easy.
At launch, the Mini Clubman launches with three engine variants. The entry level petrol model, the Mini Cooper Clubman, features a 3-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine that produces 100kW of power and 220Nm of torque.
The zippy Mini Cooper S Clubman, features a 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine that produces 141kW of power and 280Nm of torque. As for the diesel in the line-up, the Mini Cooper D Clubman is powered by a 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo diesel engine that produces 110kW of power and 330Nm of torque.
Fuel efficiency has always been a great feature for Mini models, and the Mini Clubman and the three launch engines continue with this tradition. From just 4.1litres/100km in the diesel and 5.1litres/100km and 6.2litres/100km for the Cooper and Cooper S petrol engines respectively.
However, if fuel economy isn’t something you worry about, you can always figure out how to burn through it as quickly as possible through the difference driving modes available, including MID, SPORT and GREEN modes. Each of which changes how the acceleration, steering, transmission and suspension behaves. Perfect for making that next meeting on time, or on the weekend on a weekend cruise.
Something that will differentiate the Mini Clubman from others in its segment, is the number of driver assistance systems available. It boasts tech usually seen in larger luxury cars including Head-Up-Display, Parking Assistant, rear view camera and camera-based active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning with initial brake function, high beam assistant and road sign detection. It’s an impressive list, and all features you will want to have from day one – even if they are a paid option.
If you’re wanting to make the Mini Clubman a little more ‘you’, don’t worry, you will be able to dress up the car with a huge range of exterior and interior individualisation options including: John Cooper Works Aerodynamics Kit; Chrome Line exterior; roof rails; large selection of seat types, decorative surfaces and interior colours, exclusive John Cooper Works and Mini Yours fitting options.
Finally, learning from its big brother – BMW – the Mini Connected in-car infotainment system allows you to easily access everything from Navigation, Bluetooth Phone and Media, plus a number of different social features including allowing the use of social networks like Twitter, foursquare and Glympse. You can even pair up your GoPro, or use any number of streaming media apps through the car.
Talk about connected.
Expect to see the new 2016 Mini Clubman in showrooms by the end of 2015.