mini clubman teaser

This is an official teaser image of the new MINI Clubman, which will make its motor show debut in September at Frankfurt. The car is also on its way to a press event the end of this month, so stay tuned for more.

In the meantime, here’s what we know about the new F54 Clubman. Previewed by the Clubman Concept at this year’s Geneva show (it also made a tour stop at Bangkok 2015), the Clubman has grown in size – the concept’s 4,223 mm length and 1,844 mm width is 260 mm and 170 mm more than the original R55 Clubman.

Sitting on BMW’s UKL front-wheel drive platform that also underpins cars as large as the new BMW X1 and 2 Series Gran Tourer, the new and larger Clubman also gains one more door. While the first-gen car had a suicide ‘Club’ door on one side, this one will get two proper rear doors like the MINI 5 Door. The car’s trademark barn doors sit in place of a regular hatch.

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We can’t see it here, but spyshots indicate that the new Clubman could get a slightly different front end from the Hatch, with a down-turned lower intake among the changes. The production rear end appears to be largely similar to the concept’s, with rectangular lamps and the MINI badge sitting below the left-sided lamp.

The cabin is also unique, featuring square air vents, a stockier centre stack and high centre console, plus an electronic handbrake. It’s a new take on the signature MINI cabin – do you like it?

Sources of Autocar UK say that the Clubman’s cabin space will make it competitive in the C-segment Euro hatch class, offering a ‘fresh and dynamic’ alternative to stalwarts Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus. BMW insiders also expect the Clubman to be the most impressive driver’s car in this class.

The MINI wagon should get the same petrol and diesel engines already living in the Hatch and 5 Door, with AWD and a plug-in hybrid version possible in the future.

MINI Clubman concept at Bangkok 2015