Launch review: MINI Clubman

 

With a precisely modified design, an extended selection of innovative equipment features and the latest technology in the areas of operation and connectivity, the new MINI Clubman hones its profile as a stylish individualist in the premium compact segment. 

 

Combining hallmark MINI driving fun with a high level of suitability for both day-to-day driving and long-distance travel, the variable 5-seater now gains additional charisma with fresh accentuations for the exterior and interior. MINI Connected’s latest updates in digital services underscore the progressive, lifestyle-oriented character of the new MINI Clubman. Meanwhile, attractive additions to optional features and Original MINI Accessories, provide further possibilities for customisation.

 

Ride comfort, space and variability define the all-round properties of the new MINI Clubman. Its modern interpretation of the classic shooting brake concept establishes a distinctive style within the compact segment. Four side doors and five seats along with a versatile luggage compartment behind the two split doors at the rear ensure a high degree of functionality. It is the kind of creative use of space that is characteristic of MINI.

 

Hallmark brand agility is guaranteed by the modern engine portfolio and high-quality suspension technology fitted in the MINI Clubman. There are two engines available with output ranging from 100 kW to 141 kW. At a later stage, the new edition of the extremely sporty MINI John Cooper Works Clubman will be added. This comes standard with the all-wheel drive system ALL4 .

 

The new MINI Clubman: an overview of the highlights

  • Distinctive front design with newly designed radiator grill.
    •       LED headlights with Matrix function for the high beam.
    •       New LED fog lamps with driving light ring.
    •       LED rear lights as standard, optionally in Union Jack design.
    •       New body colours, new option Piano Black exterior.
    •       New light alloy wheels.
    •       Sports suspension with vehicle lowered by 10 millimetres.
    •       New range of leather trims and interior surfaces.
    •       New MINI Yours equipment programme.
    •       Extended range of Original MINI Accessories.

 

Expressive and powerful: new distinctive front design

The body design of the new MINI Clubman is stylish, individual and exclusive. Its distinctive proportions are modelled in tight, sporty style as is typical of MINI. There is also a dynamically elongated roof line and a steep rear. In addition, the split doors consisting of two laterally opening wings make it the only model in the compact segment to offer six doors. There is also outstanding versatility as the luggage compartment can be extended from 360 litres to as much as 1 250 litres according to needs.

 

The individual body concept is combined with hallmark brand design elements. At the front of the vehicle is the powerfully domed bonnet, the circular headlamps – of which the surrounds are in chrome as standard and optionally in Piano Black. There is also the hexagonal contour of the radiator grille.

 

The most striking design feature of the new MINI Clubman is the newly designed radiator grille, which now extends across the entire bumper. With powerfully modelled contours and a new structure for the air inlet, it gives the front view a particularly distinctive appearance. The radiator grille is bordered by a slim frame produced from a single piece. The air inlet is separated into six black, horizontal struts, which can be optionally upgraded to a chrome version. Specific features in the front section of the MINI Cooper S Clubman are the hexagonal grid pattern instead of the horizontal struts and the individual chrome strut in the air inlet as well as the latter’s chrome-plated emblem with a red ‘S’ at the centre.

 

Variable illumination intensity

The characteristic look of the MINI Clubman from the front is also a result of the modified design of the circular headlamps. The standard halogen headlamps have an enlarged reflector and a striking black shield on the inside. The daytime driving light is integrated into the parking lights in the lower section of the front apron.

 

The optional LED headlamps likewise feature a new design. The modified styling includes LED modules for low and high beam. These generate enhanced brightness and a shield that is also finished in black. A white ring of light surrounding the headlamps serves both as daytime driving light and turn indicator.

 

The adaptive LED headlamps with Matrix function for the high beam are available as a new option. They offer a turning light function and automatically adapt their brightness to the situation on the road. In urban traffic and when visibility is limited, due to the weather conditions, the side area of the road is illuminated more intensely by adding the dimmed turning light. When driving on motorways it is possible to selectively increase the range of the high beam.

 

What is more, the adaptive LED headlamps of the MINI Clubman feature an automatic selective dip function for the high beam. Their innovative Matrix technology for the high beam increases the visibility range while avoiding any dazzle effect for other road users. For this purpose, the high beam is subdivided into four segments. These can be activated and deactivated independently and adapted to the situation on the road at speeds of over 70 km/h. As soon as the front camera of the MINI Clubman registers an oncoming vehicle or a vehicle driving ahead, the space that vehicle occupies is only illuminated at low beam brightness.

 

LED fog lamps are available as an additional optional equipment item for the MINI Clubman. These take the place of the standard parking lights. It offers an additional daytime driving light function implemented in the form of an LED light right.

 

LED rear lights as standard

The MINI Clubman has LED rear lights as standard. They are now specially integrated in the wings of the split door. These feature a new design that underscores the brand’s British origins. The graphic structure of their light sources traces the abstracted pattern of the Union Jack. With its striking lines, the flag motif provides a distinctive form of identification. This is both during the day and at night. The brake light is now also generated from this newly designed light unit.

 

Fresh look with new body finishes

Three new colour variants are available to choose from in terms of body finishes. The new MINI Clubman is now available in Indian Summer Red metallic, British Racing Green metallic or MINI Yours Enigmatic Black metallic. As an alternative to body colour, the roof and exterior mirror caps can also be finished in black, white or silver.

 

The car can be further customised through the exterior design. With the option Piano Black Exterior for the MINI Cooper S Clubman and the MINI Cooper SD Clubman, the surrounds of the headlights, rear lights and radiator grille are finished in high-gloss black instead of chrome.

 

New light alloy wheels

The MINI Clubman is fitted as standard with light alloy wheels which are either 16-inch or 17-inch in size. As an option, light alloy wheels are available in 18-inch and 19-inch. A new addition to the range is the 18-inch light alloy wheels in the design variants Multiray Spoke 2-tone and MINI Yours British Spoke 2-tone.

 

Another entirely new offering in terms of optional equipment items is the sports suspension with a lowering of 10 millimetres. This option not only additionally optimises the agile driving response of the new MINI Clubman, it also lends even more intense emphasis to the car’s sporty appeal.

 

There is also adaptive suspension. This offers the possibility of choosing between two characteristic curves for the damper set-up by means of the optional MINI Driving Modes. Depending on the driving situation, a damper response can be activated which is either comfort-oriented or direct and sporty.

 

Expressing individual style

The options provided by the MINI Yours programme offer a particularly exclusive option to customise. They underscore the British origins and fascinating tradition of the brand as well as the driver’s personal style. High-quality materials, a precise finish and stylish design are the characteristics of the MINI Yours special equipment features for exterior and interior. In addition to the body finish in the variant MINI Yours Enigmatic Black metallic and the light alloy wheels in MINI Yours British Spoke 2-tone design, there are a number of attractive interior design options available for the new MINI Clubman.

 

The range includes a MINI Yours sports steering wheel and the seat upholstery variant MINI Yours Leather Lounge Carbon Black. The seats acquire an extravagant touch by means of a Union Jack motif on the headrests which is applied with precisely positioned perforations. Particularly exclusive accentuations as it is available in the three versions Piano Black illuminated, Frozen Blue illuminated and Fibre Alloy illuminated. These include illuminated door bezels along with the all-round cockpit bezel, the cockpit trim and the centre console trim elements. These are designed to harmonise in matching colours. All MINI Yours options are also available individually. The MINI Yours package likewise on offer additionally includes MINI Yours floor mats with black piping and aluminium-coloured seam pattern as well as a MINI Yours design label on the side windows.

 

Further customisation options for the interior are the seat upholstery variants which have been newly added to the programme of optional equipment items. The Leather Chester variant is now also available for the new MINI Clubman in the colours Malt Brown, Indigo Blue and Satellite Grey.

 

Drive: two engines, all-wheel drive system ALL4

The engine portfolio for the MINI Clubman includes one 3-cylinder and one 4-cylinder petrol engine. Each of which features the latest generation of MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology. At a later stage the model programme will extend to include the new MINI John Cooper Works Clubman. The top athlete of the series is fitted as standard with the all-wheel drive system ALL4. With its fast and precise electronic control, this system ensures permanent distribution of power between the front and rear wheels as is appropriate to the situation.

 

A 7-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch is standard on the MINI Cooper Clubman and the MINI Cooper S Clubman.

 

At its market launch, the new MINI Clubman will be available in two model variants:

  • MINI Cooper Clubman*: 100 kW, 0 – 100 km/h in 9.2 seconds, top speed: 205 km/h, fuel consumption combined: 5.4 – 5.3 litres/100 km, CO2emissions combined: 122 – 120 g/km.
  • MINI Cooper S Clubman*: 141 kW, 0 – 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds, top speed: 228 km/h, fuel consumption combined: 5.6 – 5.5 litres/100 km, CO2emissions combined: 127 – 125 g/km.

 

Audio and navigation systems.

The standard range of equipment of the ew MINI Clubman includes an audio system with six speakers and a USB socket. There is audio streaming via a Bluetooth connection and a hands-free facility with USB interface. The standard operating system includes a 6.5-inch colour screen in the central instrument and the MINI Controller on the centre console. The Connected Media option includes Radio MINI Visual Boost and a 6.5-inch colour screen with touchscreen function and a newly design graphic display. It is also possible to use numerous online-based MINI Connected services.

 

The optional Connected Navigation makes a range of additional infotainment functions available in the new MINI Clubman and provides a convenient route guidance system. The MINI navigation system offers a map display with various perspectives on the 6.5-inch colour screen. Meanwhile the key components of the Connected Navigation Plus is the 8.8-inch colour screen. It enables split-screen display – and the MINI Touch Controller. This option also comprises wireless charging for compatible mobile phones and a second USB socket.

 

The new MINI Clubman: smarter than ever

The new MINI Clubman is equipped with a SIM card which is permanently fitted in the car and meets the 4G mobile phone standard. This means that Intelligent Emergency Call with automatic detection of vehicle location and accident severity is available, as well as MINI TeleServices. In conjunction with the options Connected Navigation and Connected Navigation Plus, it is possible to use the Real Time Traffic Information service with traffic situation data in real time, the personal Concierge Service, the internet platform MINI Online and Apple CarPlay preparation. The mobile phone connection also means that the vehicle’s navigation map is updated automatically.

 

Additionally, the current update of the MINI Connected App offers an exceptionally wide range of digital services allowing mobility planning to be integrated seamlessly in day-to-day digital routine. One can send navigation destinations from smartphones to the vehicle and receive information regarding the ideal departure time, as well as remote services. The latter function allows the driver not just to display vehicle location, fuel level and other vehicle status details on their digital end device, but also activate the headlight flasher, horn, ventilation and door lock/unlock function.

 

Individual style for retrofitting

Attractive new features are also available as part of the extensive range of MINI Original Accessories. These high-quality retrofit options enable functionality, convenience, riding fun and individual style to be adapted even more precisely to personal preferences in the MINI Clubman. The latest additions include side scuttles, exterior mirror caps and the Night Jack roof design. This features the graphic of the British flag in a striking black and grey finish. Furthermore, selected design features in brilliant Piano Black give the new MINI Clubman a discreet, sporty look. This jet-black finish is offered for the Clubman and Cooper S inscriptions as well as for the MINI logo on the bonnet and at the rear.

 

Prices start at R433 000 for the MINI Clubman Cooper, and R511 000 in the MINI Clubman Cooper S.

 

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