Our European spies has caught the F54 MINI Clubman – previewed by a concept at Geneva last month – lapping the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The hood scoop, dual exhaust outlets and the fact that the prototype was spotted at the treacherous circuit indicate that this is at least the Cooper S model.
The new estate looks to keep the six-door configuration (four side doors, two rear barn doors) of the concept, as well as some of the design details – you can make out the Paceman-esque horizontal tail lights through the camouflage. This measures up with what we have seen in previous spyshots.
However, while the Clubman has obviously been massively changed from the three-door hatchback version at the rear, it looks like there might be some modifications to the front as well – that downturned lower air intake on this model is different from what we have seen before on the Cooper and Cooper S hatch. This would be a change from the current Clubman, which was identical to the hatch from the A-pillar forwards.
The F54 MINI Clubman is one of three of the new MINI variants yet to be unveiled, along with the convertible as well as a new five-door hatch variant. If the concept is any indication, the new Clubman will be longer, wider and taller than the previous-generation model, and it will utilise the new BMW turbocharged three- and four-cylinder engines of the new three-door hatch.
MINI Clubman concept