Mini Clubman concept confirmed for Geneva debut

Mini has unveiled the Clubman concept ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week.

Now in its third generation, the Mini Cooper has grown over the outgoing model and the Clubman reflects the added girth. The Clubman concept is considerably longer and wider than the outgoing model, and gains a proper set of rear doors in the process. In fact, at 4,223 mm long, 1844 mm wide (excluding mirrors) and 1,450 mm tall, the Clubman is even larger than the outgoing Countryman in all areas except for height, and the Countryman is supposed to be a compact crossover.

The interior of the Clubman concept still retains Mini's round dials and retro touches.

The interior of the Clubman concept still retains Mini’s round dials and retro touches.
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Added size notwithstanding, the Clubman concept is distinctly Mini. The round headlights, hexagonal grille, side scuttles and contrasting roof and mirrors are still prominent features, while the interior sees similar changes as on the new, third-generation Cooper. From the display on the centre stack to the trademark round dials, the overall layout is still a blend of modern and retro. Like the Cooper, the speedometer has also been relocated to behind the steering wheel, a more conventional location.

Mini hasn’t detailed the Clubman’s technical specs, but the production-spec Clubman will likely share its turbocharged three- and four-cylinder engines with the rest of the Cooper family. The 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine pumps out 134 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque, while the 2.0L turbo-four is rated at 189 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque.

The Geneva Motor Show kicks off on March 4.

The Mini Clubman concept is significantly larger than the outgoing model and sports a proper set of rear doors.

The Mini Clubman concept is significantly larger than the outgoing model and sports a proper set of rear doors.
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