Taller, wider and longer than both the previous generation Clubman, and MINI’s five-door Cooper range, the new Clubman lines up against versatile hatches like the Mercedes-Benz B-Class, Citroen C4 Picasso, and even parent company, BMW’s 2 Series Active Tourer.
Initially MINI announced an engine lineup that included a 100kW/220Nm Cooper Clubman running a three-cylinder 1.5 litre turbo petrol engine capable of a 0-100 km/h sprint of 9.1 seconds with fuel consumption rated between 5.3 and 5.1 l/100km.
Next in line is a new engine in the range, for the Cooper D Clubman, that sees a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo diesel producing 110kW/330Nm underhood. Fuel consumption of between 4.4 and 5.4 l/100km is expected, with an 8.6 second 0-100 km/h sprint for the manual, reduced to 8.5 seconds in the automatic.
At the top of the range, the rorty Cooper S Clubman will run a 141kW/280Nm 2.0 litre four-cylinder. Dashing to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds as a manual or 7.1 seconds as an automatic, with fuel use rated between 6.2 - 6.3 l/100km (manual) and 5.9 - 5.8 l/100km (automatic).
Also on offer, the MINI One Clubman, driven by an “especially economic” three-cylinder petrol motor producing 75kW with a 5.3 - 5.1 l/100km fuel consumption. A One D Clubman driven by the 85kW three-cylinder turbo diesel found in the Cooper D hatch, and a Cooper SD Clubman with a 140kW four-cylinder turbo diesel that records 4.6 - 5.4 l/100km fuel figures.
In case you were wondering about the varied fuel figures, they’re all recorded using the European test cycle, and vary depending on wheel and tyre selection. Expect slight variations when the Clubman is tested in Australia.
The Australian lineup is yet to be finalised, but expect to see the Clubman follow in the footsteps of the hatch range With Cooper, Cooper D, and Cooper S variants. Although the Cooper One is a part of the three and five-door range, it isn’t a certainty for the Clubman in Australia just yet.
Same goes for the Cooper SD, although MINI offers a high output diesel in the Countryman SUV, the declining diesel market in Australia, and the more road-focused positioning of the Clubman, could see the Cooper SD Clubman remain a Europe-only proposition.
Full range, pricing, and specifications for Australia will be announced closer the Clubman’s arrival, expected early next year.