To put it nicely, a Clubman wouldn't be our first choice.
2016 seems to be the year for big automotive anniversaries. There's 50 years of the Lamborghini Miura, 40 years of the Lotus Esprit, 20 years of the Porsche Boxster, 100 years since the launch of the pioneering Cadillac Type 53 and so on. With all these big jubilees happening it's easy to overlook the less obvious ones, such as the 50th anniversary of BMW in Italy. BMW already celebrated this with a one-off i8 concept, but that's not enough. Now comes the Mini Clubman All4 Scrambler Concept.
This particular Clubman model has been touted as a design study inspired by the new and retro BMW R nineT Scrambler motorcycle. Not only has the nineT lent its name to the concept car but the bike connection also manifests itself in the more obvious alterations to the Clubman. Those chunky tires and the raised ride height so the car can accommodate them are the biggest giveaway, closely followed by extra headlights, the "monolith metallic matte" paintwork and the pair of gloss black wing mirrors. We've no idea what the roof rack's gotta do with the motorcycle connection, though. Inside, the R nineT parallels continue, albeit not quite to the extent of the exterior.
Everything's unmistakably Mini, but the Clubman Scrambler is at least trimmed in some new materials. Namely the Alcantara and tan leather, with the latter being the more obvious addition that draws the bike and the car together. Other than that, you're left with your standard fare Mini Cooper S Clubman ALL4. That means you get a 2.0-liter 189-hp turbocharged-four (though here paired up to the optional eight-speed automatic with paddleshifters), all-wheel drive, a 140 mph top speed and, as handily demonstrated in these press images, a trunk that's more than big enough to carry a vintage suitcase with room to spare.