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A New Mini Clubman Will Arrive in 2015

And it'll ditch the suicide door layout.

We’ll outright admit we’re not the biggest fans of the new Mini 5-door. It’s really nothing more than a stretched and widened third-gen Mini Cooper. If that appeals to you, fine. If not, and you’re still interested in buying a Mini with additional space, then there’ll soon be an answer. No, we’re not talking about the current or upcoming next-gen Countryman. CarAdvice is reporting that Mini will launch a production version of the Clubman Concept (first revealed at Geneva last March) next year in Frankfurt.

And just like the concept, the second-gen Clubman won’t have that nifty suicide door layout. Instead it’ll have a more conventional five-door layout. However, the rear barn-door will remain. So why will the suicide door be ditched? Mini realized from customer feedback that it just wasn’t practical. Clubman owners love the wagon look, but desired more room and easier rear seat and cargo space access.

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