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Mike Stevens | Jun, 18 2015 | 1 Comment

MINI has handed down a revealing teaser preview of the new Clubman wagon, months ahead of its Frankfurt Motor Show debut.

The new Clubman was first previewed early last year, revealed as a near showroom-ready concept at the Geneva Motor Show.

Today’s teaser image shows that, as expected, the final Clubman design will reveal only a handful of minor styling changes in its leap to production.

In most ways, the new Clubman is styled as little more than a stretched version of the new five-door Cooper hatch, wearing the same iconic new-gen MINI looks.

But, like the previous Clubman, this new model will feature a ‘barn door’ rear, with two doors meeting in the centre like a commercial van, rather than the liftback tailgate used by most wagons.

The new Clubman will utilise a conventional design for its passenger doors, however, doing away with the quirky (if useful) uneven layout used by its predecessor.

Like the latest Cooper hatch models, the new Clubman is expected to be significantly larger than its predecessor.

In concept form, the new Clubman measures 260mm longer, 170mm wider and 25mm taller athan the previous model, making it a bigger boy in all directions.

"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 last year.

The model shown in today’s teaser looks to be the quick ‘S’ model, but, when the inevitable John Cooper Works hero version arrives, we can likely expect it to look more like last year’s concept.

That will mean bigger wheels, a larger wing at the rear, a pair of centre-mounted exhaust tips and a unique bumper design at the front.

Expect the new Clubman’s engine options to mirror those of the regular Cooper, including a 170kW turbo four in the JCW.

Watch for the new Clubman to appear at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

MORE: Clubman | Cooper | MINI | Small Cars

 
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