Mini Clubman Shows Just How Maxi Brand Has Become

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

Mini unveiled its newest Clubman this week and the car, which is one foot longer and nearly 5 inches wider than the outgoing model, is now longer than a Jeep Wrangler.

The 14-foot-long four door will be four-inches shorter than a Mazda CX-3 and will sport the Hardtop’s duo of engines for Clubman and Clubman S models. The turbocharged I-3 will produce 134 horsepower in the Clubman, while the turbo four will bump up to 189 horsepower for the Clubman S. According to Mini, the Clubman S will sprint up to 60 mph in 7 seconds.

The Clubman is 10.9 inches longer than the 5-door Hardtop, with a 4-inch longer wheelbase and is nearly 3 inches wider. Rear passengers in the Clubman will get 2 more inches of legroom over the five-door Mini (34.3 vs. 32.3).

(And the five-door Hardtop exists, why?)

The Clubman will get BMW’s 8-speed automatic transmission as an option in the Clubman S, which was noticeably missing from the newest Hardtop. The Clubman will also get Dynamic Damper Control as an option, lifted from the Cooper S Hardtop.

According to the automaker, the Clubman will sport 17.5 cubes of room in the rear cargo area, increasing to 47.9 cubes with the rear seats folded down. The bar between the split opening rear doors has also shrunk, which should increase rear visibility in the minivan Clubman. The rear tail lamps are much larger and affixed to the symmetrical rear doors this time around.

The Clubman is the first model in Mini’s self-styled overhaul that was unveiled in June. In addition to the car, Mini will also roll out this year in the U.S. its car-sharing service that lets owners “rent” their own Minis when not in use.

The Mini Clubman will go on sale in the U.S. in January 2016, the automaker said. Pricing hasn’t been announced.

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  • Trackratmk1 Trackratmk1 on Sep 17, 2015

    When the parent company tosses it's own brand identity to the wind, I can't say that I'm surprised that the MINI sub brand has fully lost it's identity within a short 12 years in USDM. But this should in so many ways be a great car for the internet. It's a fuel efficient, relatively fun to drive, brown wagon available in a stick! Just a shame that there is a MINI badge on it. The public will probably buy enough of these, but for me, even the regular hardtop is too ugly and bloated now. No more MINI's in my future. Signed, R56 MINI Cooper S owner

    • Darex Darex on Sep 17, 2015

      You say that now, but the reality is that many a defiant R56 owner, after having driven the F56, have changed their tune. North American Motoring is full of people like you, who said, "Never!" Besides, when the time comes for you to replace your R56, the same things that brought you to the MINI Brand in the first place, will bring you back again, as it did me; namely, all the boring other choices out there, the unique freedom to build the car as I wanted it to be, unencumbered by restrictive packages and lack of manual transmission availability, and the extremely good road manners (seating, steering, handling, etc...) that most other cars lack at this price point.

  • Chan Chan on Sep 17, 2015

    Why would anyone buy the 5-door Hardtop over this, if the prices are not too far apart?

  • J I haven't owned a sedan since like 2011 had a ford fusion and impala then I discovered hatchbacks beats an SUV but the amount of stuff I can do with my little hatchbacks leaves sedan owners and even some SUV and truck owners surprised
  • Dougjp It seems like I'm in a minority by rejecting CUV/SUVs and wanting "cars" instead. Its because, comparing apples to apples (same specs), I don't want (a) worse performance, (b) worse handling, (c) worse fuel economy, (d) worse road & wind noise and (e) higher cost. I'm quite willing to PAY for shipping that costs way less than 1% of the difference between the cost of a car and a comparable CUV/SUV, to buy a bulky piece of furniture from a store that doesn't provide free shipping. Which I would seldom buy anyway. The problem is, people don't think logically, and would rather default to herd mentality. Its the same as why people buy "off road vehicles", complete with ugly add on patch body work to "look the part", then they never go off road.
  • FreedMike How about one for a brown diesel wagon?
  • Lou_BC “Can the sedan be saved?" Big V8's gave Dodge products some extra life. Kinda like a pacemaker/defibrillator in a lifetime pack/day smoker.................... People want easy access/egress, good visibility, dad/mom bod room, and a bit of cargo space.
  • Conslaw I rented an Altima for a 2,000 mile drive in 2019. It was a fantastic vehicle for that purpose. It had all the features we could want, was quiet, comfortable, peppy, and delivered 37-40 MPG, including stretches with 80 mph speed limits. I'd like to see any CUV do that.