2015 Mini Clubman – fresh pictures, engines, specs
Source : 2015 Mini Clubman – fresh pictures, engines, specs
The biggest Mini yet will go on sale later This particular year for a starting cost of £19,995, following a public debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September
The Mini Clubman has been reinvented as a considerably larger in addition to roomier estate type in a move aimed at providing the idea with broader sales appeal against a growing number of premium-brand hatchback rivals.
Pictured here in definitive production guise for the 1st time following its unveiling in Berlin earlier, the fresh Mini type adheres closely to the earlier Clubman concept car first shown at the Geneva motor show in 2014. the auto will go on sale from the UK on 31 October.
The latest type coming from the iconic British brand forgoes the quirky format of its immediate predecessor, which used 1 rear-hinged nearside door, in favour of a more conventional design with four front-hinged doors.
The fresh Clubman – which has been spied testing on several occasions in recent months – has grown to become larger even than the existing Mini Countryman. The fresh Centeng design can be aimed at providing the auto with significantly improved upon versatility through a combination of increased Indoor space in addition to added luggage capacity
The outdoor design draws heavily on the latest hatchback, which has a large single-frame grille, oval-shaped headlamps with LED graphics in addition to a heavily rounded clamshell-style bonnet providing the front of the fresh Mini which has a clear family resemblance to its smaller siblings.
Further back, the fresh Clubman adopts a breather element to draw air coming from the front wheelarches, a chrome housing for the side repeater lamps in addition to four front-hinged frameless doors, those at the rear extending well into the rear wheel arches for added ease of entry.
As with the old Clubman, the rear eschews the conventional tailgate of various other modern Mini versions for a pair of barn-style doors featuring a prominent chrome opening mechanism. The vertically stacked tail lamps of various other Mini versions are also replaced by horizontal units, providing the fresh car with added visual width.
At 4253mm in length, the fresh Clubman can be a significant 293mm longer than its predecessor. Width in addition to height are also increased by 115mm in addition to 16mm at 1800mm in addition to 1441mm respectively. To put the wholesale increase in outdoor dimensions into perspective, the latest Mini can be 158mm longer, 10mm wider in addition to 119mm lower than the largest of the existing Mini versions, the Countryman.
Despite the adoption of hot-formed, high-strength steel within its Centeng structure, the larger dimensions bring an increase of 155kg in kerb weight to 1300kg for the Cooper Clubman derivative.
Inside, the Clubman receives a fresh-look cabin with its own uniquely styled dashboard, an electronic handbrake in addition to fresh controls, including the BMW-style rotary controller between the front seats, as featured on the latest Mini.
The design can be more cohesive than of which of various other Mini versions, while retaining traditional elements such as the large centrally mounted round binnacle. the idea can be also a lot roomier than of which of the old Clubman, with wholesale increases in accommodation as well as improved upon stowage.
The more functional nature of the fresh Mini can be also reflected from the size of its boot. the idea has grown by 100 litres to a nominal 360 litres – 150 litres more than the hatchback in addition to 10 litres more than the Countryman. A 60:40 split fold rear seat comes as standard. When the rear seats are folded away, the Clubman provides 1250 litres of luggage space.
The initial engine range for the fresh front-wheel drive Clubman includes two turbocharged direct injection petrol in addition to 1 turbocharged common-rail diesel, a line-up of which mirrors of which of the third-generation hatchback upon launch last year.
All engines come mated to a standard six-speed manual gearbox, with either a six- or fresh eight-speed automatic gearbox with steering wheel mounted shift paddles available as an option. All feature automatic stop/start in addition to brake energy recuperation as standard, with the eight-speed automatic adding a coasting function of which idles the engine on a trailing throttle at speeds between 19mph in addition to 62mph for added fuel savings.
Opening proceedings can be a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with 134bhp from the Cooper Clubman. In standard manual guise the idea boasts an official 0-62mph time of 9.1sec, a 127mph top speed, combined average consumption of 55.4mpg (claimed) in addition to average CO2 emissions of 118g/km.
The performance leader of fresh line-up can be the Cooper S Clubman, which receives a 2.0-litre four-cylinder producing 189bhp. the idea can be claimed to reach 62mph in 7.2sec, a top speed of 142mph while returning 45.6mpg in addition to 144g/km on the combined consumption cycle.
The 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel serves up 148bhp from the Cooper D Clubman, which carries a 0-62mph time of 8.6sec, 132mph top speed, 68.9mpg combined consumption in addition to average CO2 emissions of 109g/km.
Further engines are planned, including a 168bhp type of the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel in an upcoming Cooper SD Clubman type in addition to a 228bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit in a future Cooper S Clubman John Cooper Works range-topper.
Later from the Clubman’s life a plug-in hybrid type which has a three-cylinder engine can be also likely.
Underpinning the Clubman can be parent company BMW’s versatile UKL platform. the idea uses the same 2670mm-long wheelbase as the recently introduced 2-series Active Tourer. of which’s some 125mm longer than of which of the old Clubman in addition to 175mm longer than of which of the latest hatchback, which also rides on the UKL structure.
As with the hatchback, the suspension can be a combination of MacPherson struts up front in addition to a compact multi-link arrangement at the rear. the idea can be enhanced with optional dynamic damper control, which provides the choice between sport in addition to comfort settings.
A further option can be the Mini Driving Modes function. Activated via a rotary switch at the base of the gear lever, the idea provides the choice of three driving modes: Green, Mid in addition to Sport. The standard wheels are either 16in with 205/55 rubber (on the Cooper in addition to Cooper D) or 17in with 245/45 profile tyres (on the Cooper S).
Mini can be already begun talking up the dynamic properties of its fresh type, suggesting the Clubman provides the “highest level of ride comfort in addition to brand-based go-kart feeling ever seen in Mini”.
Prices for the fresh Clubman start at £19,995 for the entry-level Cooper type, rising to £22,265 for the Cooper D in addition to £22,755 for the Cooper S.
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