Geneva Motor Show: Nothing mini about this Mini Clubman Concept

Why not call it Maxi?
by Andrew Guerrero | Mar 10, 2014
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Mini Clubman Concept

Just like the recently introduced 2015 Mini hardtop, the Clubman Concept continues to evolve the familiar Mini design language. The car was presented at the Geneva International Motor Show.

The first thing you will notice is how large this concept is by Mini standards. At 4,223mm long and 1,844mm wide, this is probably the least "mini" of Minis. To give you a comparison, the not-quite-mini Countryman Cooper S has an overall length of 4,110mm and an overall width of 1,789mm.

Instead of having a single rear passenger door like the current Clubman, this concept has two conventional front-hinged rear passenger doors, which should improve ingress and egress. The trademark split (barn) doors at the back are retained; this brings the total door count to six.

"The Mini Clubman Concept shows how the Mini Clubman could be taken a step further: more interior space, a greater sense of high-end quality, and yet it's still clever, bold and distinctive. In short: more car, more Mini," said BMW Group Design head Adrian van Hooydonk.

Not much has been mentioned about the drivetrain, but expect the production version to share the 2015 Mini hardtop's range of new-generation engines, which include a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

What do you think of this more practical, "maxi-sized" interpretation of the Clubman?

 

Mini Clubman Concept

Mini Clubman Concept

Mini Clubman Concept

Mini Clubman Concept

Mini Clubman Concept

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