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MINI Clubman 2007

At least three concepts were presented  in Detroit, Frankfurt and Tokyo before MINI finally will unveil the MINI Clubman at the Frankfurt auto show in September 2007.

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With an anticipated international debut this fall, the MINI Clubman will go on sale in Europe this November in three model configurations: the MINI Cooper Clubman, the MINI Cooper D Clubman and the MINI Cooper S Clubman. In the US market the MINI Cooper Clubman and the MINI Cooper S Clubman will be available early next year. Although US pricing has yet to be announced, the MINI Clubman is expected to be positioned between the MINI hardtops and MINI convertibles.

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The eagerly anticipated MINI Clubman will be like nothing else on the road and defies convention in its concept and style. With its hallmark design elements, the MINI Clubman is clearly a MINI from every angle. Yet it is the MINI Clubman's unique rear-end design and new proportions that distinguish it from other members of the MINI family.


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The unique character of the MINI Clubman is obvious at first sight. The roofline of the car extends across all three pillars, merging smoothly into the rear section where the innovative, split-rear doors open.

The rear doors are further highlighted with the C-pillars painted in a contrasting silver or black finish. Inside, the generous luggage compartment may be further extended in flexible configuration, offering very easy and convenient loading options thanks to the two rear doors.



In addition, the MINI Clubman incorporates a rather ingenious door configuration on the right side of the car. The "Clubdoor" swings open in the opposing direction relative to the main passenger door to dramatically increase the access to the rear seating area.

Behind the front seats, the new MINI Clubman offers remarkable rear seating comfort and flexible use of space. Rear seat passengers now enjoy 3.15 inches more legroom compared to the MINI hardtop. The MINI Clubman also stands out, retaining all the handling and performance characteristics that one expects in a MINI. With its design, functionality and performance characteristics, the MINI Clubman is the modern successor to the legendary classics Morris Mini Traveller, Austin Mini Countryman, and Mini Clubman Estate.

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Debut with three engine variants

At its international launch, the MINI Clubman will be available with three engine variants: * Powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct gasoline injection and maximum output of 175 hp at an engine speed of 5,500 rpm, the MINI Cooper S Clubman offers the highest level of performance. * The MINI Cooper Clubman, benefiting from its 1.6-litre four-cylinder developing 120 hp at 6,600 rpm and featuring fully variable valve management, offers impressive performance and economy. * The MINI Cooper D Clubman with its efficient, high-torque and low-emission Diesel power plant will be available in European markets. However, there are currently no plans for the US market to offer the MINI Clubman D.

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Compelling Design and Five Doors in a Brand-New Configuration

MINI retains its position as the definitive premium small car offering a combination of successful attributes - a truly unique design; agile driving characteristics; premium quality; a high level of safety; a wide range of customization options, and outstanding efficiency. Now the MINI Clubman offers another compelling attribute, offering 9.45 inches more body length and wheelbase extended by 3.15 inches that helps create more space in the rear legroom area. What makes the MINI Clubman truly unique is its innovative five door configuration with the conventional driver's and front passenger's door supplemented by an additional rear-hinged door on the right-hand side of the car and the two split-rear doors in the back.

The MINI Clubman extends an open welcome to rear-seat passengers with the Clubdoor on the right side of the vehicle

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With its large opening, this feature allows comfortable and convenient access to the rear seats. In the US market the MINI Clubman comes in a four passenger configuration, offering the passengers at the rear more spacious accommodations upon entry. For safety, the Clubdoor can only be opened with the adjoining front door open. Without an exterior handle, the Clubdoor integrated unobtrusively into the body design of the MINI Clubman. The split-rear doors at the back of the MINI Clubman open up to offer easy and convenient access for larger parcels and equipment such as sports gear. In addition to increased functionality, the split-rear doors represent a modern interpretation of an authentic detail seen on MINI's classic forerunners.

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With one or both sections of the split-folding rear seatbacks down, together with the available flat load floor and the generous height provided by the roofline, the MINI Clubman offers more flexibility and practical value for all kinds of transportation requirements. The MINI Clubman has 9.1 cubic feet of storage space with the seats upright and a total of 32.6 cubic feet with the seats folded flat. This compares with the MINI hardtops which offer 5.7 cubic feet, rear seat up and 24 cubic feet with the seats folded flat. Additionally there is an available safety net to separate the luggage area from the passenger compartment. And to ensure clear visibility to the rear at all times, the rear doors come with separate windscreen wipers.

Modern Interpretation of a Classic Concept

In its split-door configuration, the MINI Clubman harkens back to its famous predecessors: the Austin Mini Countryman, the Morris Mini Traveller, and the Mini Clubman Estate sold successfully between 1960 and 1982. These classic models were a source of inspiration for today's MINI Clubman, a thoroughly modern car with state-of-the-art technologies and features. The potential offered by a creating a modern interpretation of this kind of vehicle was shown with the four Clubman concept cars. And now the most important highlights of these concept cars are making their entry into series production in the form of the MINI Clubman.

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The MINI Clubman design is reminiscent of its classic predecessors, with re-interpretations of the unique features of the classic models done in up-to-date design language featuring thoroughly modern function. Where wooden framed doors with exposed hinges characterised the rear end of the classic car, the new MINI Clubman features door surfaces that smoothly and aerodynamically merge into the C-pillars.

The color scheme also takes its inspiration from the classic rear-doors

The C-pillars together with the bumper finished in contrasting paintwork, form a striking door surround. The color of the rear door surround also matches the colour of the contrast roof, which comes standard on the MINI Clubman in either Silver or Black. As an option the MINI Clubman is also available with the roof finished in body color, in which case only the C-pillars including the upper section of the bumpers are finished in contrasting Silver or Black. Enhanced Function With MINI Driving Characteristics. MINI has developed the new MINI Clubman specifically for the active and passionate individualist wishing to consciously stand out. The MINI Clubman retains its sporting character, while offering new and flexible options in interior use and practical value. Despite its slightly longer proportions the MINI Clubman retains MINI's typical "wheels at the four corners" stance and the car's driving characteristics still offer the legendary go-kart feeling unique to MINI.

The chassis and suspension are engineered specifically to the needs of the MINI Clubman

At the front McPherson struts and springs ensure excellent wheel control, keeping the steering smooth in control and responsive. The suspension is further tuned to expertly manage the dynamic affects of engine power under acceleration or when applying the brakes. The central-arm rear axle, benefits from BMW Group's state-of-the-art engineering and development and the rear suspension is unique in the MINI segment thanks to its sophisticated design. Lightweight aluminium longitudinal control arms and anti-roll bars offer sporty and stable handling. On the MINI Cooper S Clubman the suspension is tuned to reflect the vehicle's additional power compared to that on the MINI Cooper Clubman. The new MINI Cooper Clubman comes standard with 15-inch wheels, while the MINI Cooper S Clubman features 16-inch rims with runflat tires allowing the driver to continue even after a complete loss of tire pressure.

EPAS Electrical Power Assisted Steering, geared to road speed, gives the driver precise feedback and retains the razor-sharp reflexes expected in a MINI. The Electrical Power Assisted Steering system also offers significant weigh reduction over a conventional hydraulic steering system and electrically generates power-assist only as needed. The feature eliminates any unnecessary parasitic loss, further increasing vehicle efficiency.

Three Power Units: Maximum Efficiency, Maximum Performance

The MINI Clubman stands out not only with its unique design, but also with an impressive line of power units. The three engines developed specifically for the new generation of MINI come standard with all new technologies introduced for the 2008 model year and offer impressive performance and efficiency. The US market will offer models with the 1.6 liter gasoline power units, in normally aspirated and turbocharged form. There are currently no plans to offer the Diesel units in the US market.

Although it will not be available on the US models at the time of launch, the Brake Energy Regeneration feature ensures that the output coming from the engine is converted primarily into drive power, with electricity being generated for the on-board network only when the engine's drive power is not in demand; for example, when the car is rolling freely in overrun (engine braking) or during application of the brakes.

In terms of spirited motoring, the MINI Cooper S Clubman boasts a 1.6-litre four-cylinder power unit developing maximum output of 175 hp at 5,500 rpm with the help of a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct gasoline injection, the MINI Cooper S Clubman offers maximum torque of 177 lb-ft all the way from 1,600 to 5,000 rpm, with a further brief increase to an even more significant 192 lb-ft by means of the Overboost function. On the road, this accelerates the MINI Cooper S Clubman to 100 km/h in just 7.6 seconds and gives the car a top speed of 139 mph. The MINI Cooper S Clubman offers not only impressive performance, but also an exceptionally good economy, with average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of just 6.3 litres/100 kilometres or equal to 44.8 mpg imp. At the same time the MINI Cooper S Clubman also achieves a CO2 emission rating of 150 grams per kilometre.

The MINI Cooper S Clubman, MINI Cooper Clubman, and MINI Cooper D Clubman are all equipped standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. The six-speed automatic transmission is available as an option featuring a sport-tuned manual mode that allows the driver to select gears by means of paddles on the steering wheel.

Unique Design With Striking MINI Features

The three versions of the MINI Clubman are identical to their MINI hardtop brethren in their design and body structure up to the B-pillar. At the front, MINI iconic design elements include the characteristic, large round headlights, round corner lights, and the hexagon radiator grille. In addition, a chrome trim band extends around the entire car at shoulder level. The individual model variants are designated at the rear by their names "Cooper", "Cooper D" and "Cooper S", while the additional name "Clubman" is to be seen in the right-hand door cutout strip.

Silver, British Racing Green, Pure Silver, Lightning Blue, Nightfire Red, Dark Silver, Laser Blue and of course, Hot Chocolate.

Freedom in Interior Design

With the interior, the MINI Clubman customer can choose his or her individual design, combining four interior colors and five Color Line variants with one another as desired. The seats are available not only in standard upholstery, but can also be chosen in a combination of cloth and leather as well as all-leather upholstery in a variety of styles and color schemes. A wide range of interior trim options helps to underline the premium character of the MINI Clubman. In addition to the two standard trim choices, customers can choose optional English Oak, Piano Black, Fluid Silver and Brushed Alloy interior trims.

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Like the new generation of MINI hardtops, the MINI Clubman is the result of a modern interpretation of the classic Mini versions. Yet at the same time, the concept is independent and innovative, taking in account the thoroughly modern demands of today and the unique needs of MINI's customers. Given its wide range of qualities, the MINI Clubman paves the way into a totally-new market segment, offering new opportunities for the MINI brand and once again underlining MINI's leadership in the premium small car segment in terms of vehicle concepts, technical innovation and expressive design.

(July 31, 2007)

Photos: BMW/MINI


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