This latest MINI concept might look like a Clubman wearing a Countryman’s shoes - and with MINI’s All4 all wheel drive system underneath that’s partially true, but the inspiration for this all paw wagon actually comes from BMW’s motorcycle division.
As well as all-paw grip, the MINI Clubman Scrambler features raised ride height, additional plastic cladding for the lower body, a two-tone treatment that emphasises the wheel arches, and knobbly off-road tyres.
While it sounds exactly like the sort of thing you’d find on MINI’s compact Countryman SUV, the inspiration for this concept, unveiled in Italy, is actually the BMW Motorrad R nineT Scrambler.
That might seem like a bit of a stretch to the imagination, but the Clubman Scrambler’s frozen silver paint, tan Nappa leather trim, black exterior ‘frame’, and black alloy wheels are all designed to pay homage to Motorrad’s factory custom bike.
There’s also a pair of driving lights up front, and a satin silver roof rack up top to complete the all terrain picture.
MINI hasn't divulged powertrain details, but the bonnet vent and S badge in the grille point to the 141kW/280Nm 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the production Cooper S Clubman, routed to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic.
As for a production version of the Clubman Scrambler, don’t hold your breath - the concept has been designed to bring attention to the Clubman’s optional All wheel drive system, but the in showroom form those cars look identical to their front wheel drive counterparts.
Aussie buyers aren’t likely to be offered that all wheel drive system here either, with the Cooper Clubman and Cooper S Clubman both sticking to front wheel drive for the time being.
Those looking for more grip from their MINI need to stick to the Countryman SUV
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