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New Mini Clubman Concept Opens its Barn Doors in Geneva

With the odd 3-door layout replaced by 4 conventional doors, the Clubman is sure to find itself a whole new market of buyers.

You probably want to know how the new Clubman looks without the weird suicide rear door. Less weird is the answer, as Mini has opted for a conventional four-door layout that immediately makes this a more appealing model. The side-hinged barn-door tailgate still affords the six-door mini-wagon some quirkiness, and its new enlarged proportions will give Golf Variant buyers something new to think about.

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’s cabin 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. The production car will likely follow the Mini five-door hatch sometime in 2015.

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