2016 Mini Clubman Redesign: Features & Specs
In an attempt to establish itself as a versatile and urban option for those who are eager to drive a unique car, the 2016 Mini Clubman offers something it hasn’t offered before. While its predecessor looked like an experiment, the new Clubman looks mature and powerful.
It’s hard to say whether this redesign would be enough to make a breakthrough on the American market, especially because it doesn’t have only other station wagons as rivals. It also has to make you believe that it’s better than your average crossover and to offer something its competitors couldn’t.
2016 Mini Clubman Body Design
The 2016 Mini Clubman is bigger than its predecessor, since the Hardtop 4 Door pushed it down that path. The transformation resulted in increased dimensions: the car is 168.3 inches long, 70.9 inches wide (79.6 inches with side mirrors), 56.7 inches high and its wheelbase is 105.1 inches long.
Perhaps the most notable change is the conventional set of doors. The new Clubman got ordinary backseat doors, so instead of being a pseudo shooting brake, it’s now a full-blooded station wagon with six doors. The size increase resulted in spacious interior which can comfortably accommodate five adults. Front legroom is 41.4 inches long, while the second row has 34.3 inches of legroom. The luggage compartment has 17.5 cu-ft, but with the rear seats folded, it increases to 47.9 cu-ft of useful space.
As for the style, it’s obvious that the 2016 Clubman won’t diverge from the brand’s design language, but it’s also clear that it’s elegant as never before. Its urban appeal and assertive body language are what makes this car so out of the scope when you think about station wagons. It’s like the Clubman is a segment for itself, because there’s no other wagon that looks so much cool.
Since the 2016 Mini Clubman is built on the UKL platform developed for compact cars, it’s questionable whether there’s going to be an all-wheel drive option. The UKL architecture is front-wheel-drive oriented. But having in mind how important this car is to the brand, it’s hard to believe that they would offer with front-wheel drive only.
MINI Driving Modes
They installed MINI Driving Modes system which has three modes available. Aside from the standard MID mode, there’s a GREEN mode that’s focused on fuel efficiency and a SPORT mode that’s been developed to do exactly the opposite, but to provide sporty experience.
Three Engine Options
Under the hood, the new Mini Clubman has the same engine palette as the Hardtop 4 Door. This means that the entry powerplant is a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that’s good for 134 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. Above the base engine, there’s a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder Cooper S engine rated at 198 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of twist, while a John Cooper Works engine that delivers 228 horsepower and 326 lb-ft of torque sits at the top of the range.
As for the transmission, the 2016 Mini Clubman comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. However, they’re going to offer a six-speed automatic with the base engine and an eight-speed automatic with the Cooper S model.
2016 Mini Clubman Performance Specs
According to the automaker, the base Clubman accelerates to 60 mph in 8.9 seconds no matter the transmission, while its top speed is 127 mph. The 2016 Mini Cooper S Clubman with six-speed manual sprints from standstill to 60 mph in 7 seconds, while the eight-speed-automatic version reaches 60 mph in 6.9 seconds. This version has top speed of 142 mph.
Release and Price
The first units of the 2016 Mini Clubman will be on sale early next year as a 2016 model. The pricing will be known prior to the release date.
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