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.
Previewed at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in concept form
, the new Clubman will keep its signature split tailgate but see its single suicide-style rear door replaced by two conventional rear doors. The new Clubman will also feature different tail lights compared to those used on the third-gen MINI Cooper Hardtop
, with which it will share the BMW Group’s new UKL front-wheel-drive platform.
Another major change is the size of the vehicle. As confirmed by the concept, the new Clubman will be almost as big as a BMW 3-Series Sports Wagon. The enlarged version of the UKL platform it will ride on will also be used for a seven-seat BMW 2-Series Gran Tourer
as well as a possible MINI 'Traveller' MPV
MINI Clubman Concept - 2014 Geneva Motor Show live photosEnlarge Photo
MINI’s third-gen Cooper was launched with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine delivering approximately 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque (169 pound-feet with overboost function) in the base model, while a 2.0-liter four-cylinder offers 189 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque (221 pound-feet with overboost) in Cooper S trim. 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 new MINI lineup. 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 Hardtop, the new Cooper five-door and a new Cooper Convertible
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