2016 MINI Cooper Clubman spy shots
Despite MINI’s plans to introduce a new five-door Cooper later this year, it looks like there are no plans to phase out the existing extra versatile Cooper variant, the Clubman. Our latest spy shots show a prototype for what’s destined to be a second-generation MINI Clubman, which looks to be growing in size.
We know this is the Clubman by the signature split tailgate. Gone, however, is the single suicide-style rear door, replaced instead by two conventional rear doors on this second-generation Clubman. The prototype also features different tail lights compared to those used on the recently revealed 2014 MINI Cooper, with which it will share BMW Group’s new UKL front-wheel-drive platform.
Another major change is the size of the vehicle. According to our photographer, the prototype is almost as big as a BMW 3-Series Sports Wagon. This means it will be much longer and wider than the third-generation Cooper. The enlarged version of the UKL platform it will ride on will also be used for a seven-seat BMW model as well as a possible MINI 'Traveller' MPV.
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It is likely the same engines will feature in the new Clubman. Further down the track, expect to see a more potent John Cooper Works model.
Buyers can also expect some new safety features across the third-generation MINI family. These include a head-up display, collision and pedestrian warning systems, a parking assistant and even a speed limit information system.
Look for the new MINI Clubman to reach showrooms during 2015, but as a 2016 model. By this point, MINI will already be selling its new Cooper, the new Cooper five-door and a new Cooper Convertible.