Mini Clubman Discontinued; Won't Make The Jump To All Electric
It's time to celebrate the Mini Clubman while it’s still here.
Electric cars are great, but unfortunately, the shift to electric seems to bring forth the death of car-shaped fun-to-drive niche products. The sharp-handling Mini Clubman won’t survive the brand’s foray into becoming a primarily EV brand.
Stefanie Wurst, the head of Mini at BMW Group confirmed to TopGear at the IAA auto show in Munich that the Clubman won’t make a return. It won’t have a direct replacement, either – “I wouldn’t say the space is filled but we will not have a Clubman,” said Wurst. Globally, sales haven’t been spectacular. Wurst says the Countryman SUV doubles the sales of the Clubman. To BMW Group, it was a no-brainer for the brand to focus on the Countryman instead of the Clubman.
Mini isn’t entirely abandoning the concept of a more practical Mini, though. Since the Countryman has grown, and the new Mini is 3-door only, the brand plans for the Aceman to pick up the slack where the 5-door Mini and Clubman left off. The Aceman hasn’t been revealed yet, but it’s expected that the Aceman will likely skew more toward the crossover side of the spectrum, rather than the station wagon or hatchback style of the Clubman and 5-door Mini.
Still, the Clubman’s got one last hurrah in it. The Mini Clubman Final Edition is a special edition with special copper-colored accents and badging that commemorates the end of the Clubman. Pricing will be $47,145, including destination fee. Fewer than 100 examples will make it to North America when the model goes on sale this October.
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