Motoring 3.7.2015 08:00 am

New Mini Clubman breaks cover

The new Mini Clubman. Picture: Supplied

The new Mini Clubman. Picture: Supplied

The new generation of the Mini model family continues to grow. With the new Mini Clubman, it now conquers the premium compact segment, too.

The new model offers the highest level of everyday practicality, long-distance suitability, versatility and ride comfort ever seen in a Mini. With four doors and the characteristic split doors at the rear, five fully-fledged seats and a generously sized, versatile interior, the new Mini Clubman meets all the requirements of the compact class in terms of functionality in its own unconventional way.

Individual style, outstanding driving fun and the quality level of a premium automobile make it an exceptional phenomenon that allows additional target groups to get a taste of the distinctive Mini feeling. The matured character of the new Mini Clubman is reflected in dimensions significantly larger than the predecessor model: a distinctive body concept, high-quality materials and finish quality and also new features in the areas of drive, suspension comfort, safety, controls and connectivity.

Its status as the largest representative of the new Mini generation is also clearly shown in comparison with the Mini five-door. The new Mini Clubman is 27cm longer and 9cm wider than the latter and its wheelbase is 10cm larger. Its luggage compartment has a volume of 360 litres, which can be extended to as much as 1 250 litres by folding down the rear backrest.

Engines with the latest generation of Mini TwinPower Turbo Technology power the two engine variants of the new Mini Clubman and will be available at market launch. In addition to the new Mini Cooper Clubman with a 100kW three-cylinder petrol engine, the new Mini Cooper S Clubman also lines up for the start with a four-cylinder petrol engine and 141kW.

Another new feature for Mini is the eight-speed Steptronic transmission available as an option for the Mini Cooper S Clubman. For handling properties that are supreme within the segment, all suspension components in the new Mini Clubman were also specially developed and harmonised to suit the model.

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