2015 MINI CLUBMAN REVEALED
MINI has unveiled a near-production look at its latest model, destined to replace the less conventional Clubman of the current range.
The new model will again wear the Clubman badge, but while the barn-door rear remains, MINI has swapped out the odd three-door arrangement for a more traditional four.
The new design gives the coming 2015 Clubman a regular ‘five-door hatch’ or wagon look from most angles, while maintaining the requisite rear-end arrangement.
"The MINI Clubman Concept shows how the MINI Clubman could be taken a step further: more interior space, a greater sense of high-end quality and yet still clever, bold and distinctive," BMW Group design chief Adrian van Hooydonk said.
At the front, there’s a familiar Cooper look, with the same large circular headlights and broad grille, along with a newly styled bumper design.
The barn doors get a stretched new tail-light design however, separate to any of the current MINI models, including the long Countryman and Paceman twins - both of which are smaller than the new Clubman.
Like the new Cooper, the 2015 Countryman is larger than its predecessor, measuring a full 260mm longer at 4223mm, and 170mm wider at 1844mm. It’s also 25mm taller at 1450mm.
As a concept, the Clubman also gets large multi-spoke chrome-finished wheels, although it remains to be seen if these will be offered with the production model.
Watch for the Clubman concept to debut in Geneva next month, with news of a production launch likely to follow.