MINI’s bigger, more premium second-generation Clubman goes on sale in January and we can confirm that it will be priced from $24,950 for the base Cooper, including an $850 destination charge. That’s almost $2k higher than the starting price of the outgoing model, but the new Clubman, which arrives as a 2016 model, is a much more substantial car.
The Cooper S will set you back $28,500, also with destination, and further down the track we’ll see a high-performance John Cooper Works model.
The Cooper comes with a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine delivering 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque (169 lb-ft with overboost function), while the Cooper S gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 189 hp and 206 lb-ft (221 lb-ft with overboost) on tap.
The standard transmission is a six-speed manual but buyers can opt for a six-speed automatic in the Cooper and an eight-speeder in the Cooper S. Drive is to the front wheels as standard but ALL4 all-wheel drive is available. The Cooper comes with 16-inch wheels while the Cooper S gets a 17-inch set.
Other standard features include the MINI Connected infotainment system with 6.5-inch display screen, Bluetooth and voice activation; keyless ignition; leather trim on the steering wheel and gear shifter; ambient lighting; 60/40 split-folding rear seats; and the MINI Driving dynamics system with Green, Mid and Sport modes.
From this starting point, there is a long list of extras to add. Buyers can add these individually or grouped into packages. These include Cold Weather, Sport, Premium and Technology packages.
While the new Clubman only arrives in January, a configurator has already been set up on MINI’s website (www.miniusa.com) which lets you build and price your ideal setup.