New Mini Cooper Clubman in the Works

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Second-gen model to receive distinctive styling and six doors.

Having just unveiled the third-gen Mini Cooper, the British carmaker is hard at work preparing the second-gen Mini Clubman. As the spy shots reveal, the all-new Clubman will come with more conventional styling, adopting two regular rear doors instead of the current model's single suicide rear door. It does, however, keep the rear barn doors making it a six-door car. As well as growing in size, the new Clubman will, for the first time, come with its own distinct styling.

The taillights, for example, differ from those on the new Cooper, and have grown in size in addition to being moved from the body to the doors. The small roof spoiler and roof rails appear better integrated than on the current model, while a sportier look is afforded by a more steeply raked rear end. As usual engines and gearboxes will mirror those of the Cooper hatchback. Set to launch next year, the new Mini Clubman will reach showrooms in 2015 as a 2016 model, at which point buyers will have the choice of the new Cooper, new five-door Cooper and new Cooper Convertible.

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