MINI has unveiled its redesigned 2016 Clubman, and in the automaker’s seemingly unending quest to be oxymoronic, the MINI has gotten bigger again.
The new Clubman, which has been re-done from the ground up, is longer (168.3 inches) and wider (70.9 inches), so rear seat passengers get more shoulder, head- and legroom. This makes the Clubman nearly seven inches longer than its Countryman sibling. This also means more cargo room with the fold-flat rear seats, and easy access with the Clubman’s signature spilt rear doors. Besides updated exterior styling, a new feature is the ability to open the rear doors with a foot-activated sensor.
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The new Clubman Cooper will be available with a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. The Cooper will be powered by a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine with 134 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque, while the Cooper S variant will come with a 2.0L turbo four-cylinder with 189 hp and 207 lb-ft. The Cooper S will also be offered with an optional eight-speed automatic, the first time this transmission will be used in the MINI lineup. Zero to 60 for the Cooper S rings in at around seven seconds and at nine seconds for the base Cooper.
The previous-generation MINI has been around since 2007.
Originally one of the MINIs that was rumored to be discontinued, it looks like the odd duck/wagon thing is here to stay: “Its premium styling and functional design will play a critical role as we reposition the brand over the next few years,” said David Duncan, vice-president MINI of the Americas.
The new 2016 MINI Clubman goes on sale in the U.S. in January 2016 and pricing will be announced in September.
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