News : MINI Clubman Concept shown at Geneva
The MINI Clubman Concept has been shown at the Geneva Motor Show. The show concept features production-ready styling that chimes perfectly with the new F56 hatch. A production version of it will replace the outgoing Clubman, and it is a more conventional five-door design, rather than an the existing quirky three-plus-Clubdoor arrangement.
There are five seats and the new car will sit on the same UKL platform that also underpins the new BMW 2-Series Active Tourer. Like the current Clubman, the concept gets split rear doors, but it does have some flourishes that are unlikely to feature in the finished product. Similarly, the cabin features bucket-style seats and a mixture of materials and colours, with blue, red and black elements.
First impressions from the show are that it’s far more elegant looking than the old model, but its increased size takes away some of the charm of the original car. The conventional rear doors have gone down well with the crowds, especially in conjunction with the famed split rear doors – a carry-over from the old model.
It’s too early to say what will be under the bonnet, but expect an engine line-up much like that offered in the MINI hatch, with new three-cylinder turbocharged engines. The current Clubman is priced from £14,570, but there is likely to be a significant price-hike for the new model.