New Clubman is set to be the biggest Mini yet as rear suicide door is killed in favor of traditional four-door layout.
The third-generation ‘new Mini’ arrived back in November and it already has a new sibling in the form of the new Clubman, which will be previewed at the Geneva Motor Show with the Mini Clubman Concept. So how does it differ from the previous model? For starters, it has grown considerably. At 4332mm, it is 260 mm longer than the current Clubman, and sits 170 mm wider and 25 mm taller.
That makes it longer and wider than the Countryman – Mini’s largest model on the market – albeit slightly lower due to its squat ride height. The other significant change is the replacement of the quirky rear-hinged third ‘Clubdoor’ on one side, with Mini opting to use four conventional doors. The side-hinged barn-door tailgate remains, making the new Clubman a six-door. Concept flourishes include recessed headlights with DRLs forming a ring that Mini calls ‘air curtains,’ 19-inch alloys, mirror housings sitting on chromed arms, and taillights that have been turned 90 degrees. Inside, there are five proper seats and an upmarket dashboard Mini says is a sign of its future interiors.
Leather, wood trims and chromed controls give the concept an upmarket feel, there are some cute touches such as the Union Jacks embossed on the seats, while the traditional big round dial in the center now houses a high-res screen. No engine details have been released but the concept previews the sporty Cooper S with its trademark twin exhausts, which will almost certainly have the same 2.0-liter turbo as the hatch. The Cooper and Cooper D Clubmans will use 1.5-liter three-pots. Though the Clubman concept has been shown first, Mini insists the five-door hatch will arrive first at the end of this year followed by the Clubman at the start of 2015.