The latest addition to the MINI range opened its doors at Frankfurt – it’s now a conventional five-door estate, retaining the split doors at the rear of the old model, but with an altogether roomier interior, thanks to a 10cm increase in wheelbase. But there will be cries that this car should be called the Maxi, as it’s 27cm longer and 9cm wider than the current MINI 5-door.
The Clubman gets a number of features that are debuting in a MINI, including an electric parking brake, eight-speed Steptronic gearbox, electrical seat adjustment and the option of MINI Yours Interior Styles with backlit door bezels. It will launch nationwide in the UK on 31 October 2015 featuring the latest generation of engines with MINI TwinPower turbos.
The four-cylinder petrol engine in the MINI Cooper S Clubman has 192bhp, which delivers 45.6mpg and combined CO2 emissions of 144 g/km, but the majority of cars sold in the UK will undoubtedly be the Cooper D Clubman model. This car is powered by MINI’s turbodiesel in four-cylinder form, which makes a debut in this car, boasting 150bhp and 109g/km. The Cooper SD was also unveiled in Frankfurt. It pumps out an impressive 187bhp, delivering 62.8mpg combined, and CO2 emissions of 119 g/km.
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