[UPDATED] 2016 MINI Clubman Official Images Revealed Ahead Of Frankfurt

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
updated 2016 mini clubman official images revealed ahead of frankfurt

Ahead of the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, official images of the 2016 MINI Clubman escaped onto the Internet for all the world to see [now updated with info from the official press release – CA].

Underpinned by the UKL1 modular architecture also used by the MINI three- and five-door models, as well as the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, the Clubman replaces the skinny suicide rear passenger doors from the current model with conventional ones.

The Clubman — whose face takes its cues from the 2011 Rocketman concept — is reportedly bigger, as well, gaining 10.23 inches in length, 6.34 inches in width, and an inch in height over the model it will replace. Up to 47.9 cu. ft. of cargo space is available with help from either 60/40 or optional 40/20/40 rear seats, 17.5 cu. ft. when all five occupants are aboard. Curb weight ranges between 3,105 lbs and 3,300 lbs, depending on trim and transmission selected.

Power for the new Clubman will come from a pair of gasoline engines: a 1.5-liter three-pot good for 134 horses and 162 lb-ft of torque, and a 2.0-liter turbo-four producing 189 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. Both engines can be paired with either six-speed manual or six- and eight-speed variants of MINI’s Steptronic automatic (six-speed for the Cooper Clubman, eight-speed for the Cooper S Clubman). Nil to 60 comes in 8.9 seconds for the Cooper Clubman (top speed: 127 mph), 6.9 seconds (auto) to 7 seconds (manual) for the Cooper S (top speed: 142 mph).

Handling comes from a single joint strut axle up front, and the 2 Series Active Tourer’s multilink setup in the back, with standard 16-inch and optional 17- to 19-inch alloys, dynamic traction, stability and damper controls, and electronic differential locking holding everything together on the road.

Other features available include: MINI Excitement Package (LED interior and ambient lighting, projected MINI logo from driver’s side mirror); HUD; collision/pedestrian warning; MINI Connected infotainment system; revised aero; start-stop; and MINI Driving Modes for increased fuel economy or more power depending on mood.

(Image credit: MINI)

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  • Thornmark Thornmark on Jun 25, 2015

    I like the wagon looks and utility but it's gonna be slooow. 3100+ weight and a 3 cylinders w/134 hp. 0-60 in maybe 10 secs? Even the turbo upgrade won't be more than adequate. Maybe the JCW.

  • 300zx_guy 300zx_guy on Jun 25, 2015

    is there any functional merit to the split rear doors, or is it just a styling choice? Seems like a lift-up door is better in so many ways.

    • Krhodes1 Krhodes1 on Jun 25, 2015

      Three advantages that I see as a tall guy with a low-ceilinged garage. I will not bump my head on the open hatch (BTDT) and I won't whack the hatch agaist the garage door opener. Also, gas shocks for hatches are expensive come replacement time, and if they are hidden style no fun at all to replace (also BTDT). The only disadvantage to me is the walloping big mirror blindspot, but having driven many a split door Suburban you get used to that. I don't know how bad it is in the Mini, I've never driven a Clubman, just like the look a lot.

  • SCE to AUX Due to the terrible economy, I thought Americans were huddled in their leaking shack homes, eating moldy bread and cold tomato soup. /sBut somehow, millions are still spending an average of $48k per vehicle, and $53k for EVs:https://www.coxautoinc.com/market-insights/kbb-atp-july-2023/Average income of a new car buyer range is $44k - $54k, so basically equal to the price of the cars they are buying:https://www.salary.com/research/salary/recruiting/car-buyer-salaryThat last figure boggles my mind. I recall reading here (years ago) that people prioritize their car payments over their house payments.Just as Americans are willing to pay anything for a gallon of gas, I'm convinced they'll also pay anything to get a new car.
  • MaintenanceCosts Why? What is appealing enough about this car to put up with the reality of owning a 50-year-old Italian car? I get that different things appeal to different people but I can't see why this particular one would be appealing at all, even to someone else.(Meanwhile, in "reality of owning an old car" news, my '95 Acura Legend has developed a persistent misfire that I suspect is at least one and maybe two failed coils. Amazon just sent me new OEM spark plugs and a set of coils, non-OEM and of questionable quality, because new OEM ones are NLA. Now I have to find a bit of time to go install them.But when I'm finished, I'll again have one of the most appealing sedans Japan ever built, rather than an ugly rust bucket.)
  • Kwik_Shift Overpriced used cars and high interest rates not so good. That will eventually tank for many of these chain dealer lots with millions invested to sell at a loss.
  • Tassos Why has anybody found a 50 year old POS with a long list of problems, whose owner, with a straight face, asks.. $8,000 US dollars (even worthless 2023 devalued Idiot Joe Briben Dollars), worth looking up, may also explain necrophilia.
  • Tassos surprise surprise.A VW owner is selling a van on Cars and Bids today, and his name is "My VW Sucks"True Story, and no surprise either.Alfas are infinitely more unerliable (if that's possible).Enjoy!PS Tim,tomorrow your series is due for another glorious member of the Fix It Again Tony family of FIAT POS'sA Yugo.