This is the all-new MINI Clubman that’s due to launch next year, and these spy shots confirm the much more conventional design direction that the new car will take.
Instead of having two front doors and a single suicide rear door on the car’s right-hand side, the new car has four conventional doors. It does keep the traditional rear barn doors, though, making the new Clubman a six-door car.
The Clubman’s tail-lights are now much larger, and instead of being fixed to the car’s body, they are now fitted to the doors. Each door sill features its own wiper, albeit redesigned, and the pair of central chrome door handles are retained.
You can also see that the small roof spoiler is better integrated than before, as are the roof rails, while the car’s rear is more steeply raked than its predecessor, giving a lower, sportier look.
The disguise covers the D-pillars, so it’s currently unknown whether the Clubman will feature the contrasting D-pillar colours that were optional on the existing model.
The car spied here is the MINI Clubman Cooper S, hence the bonnet scoop and twin exhausts. Power will come from the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine as used in the upcoming new MINI hatchback, while the three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines will also be offered.
The Clubman will be based on a version of the UKL platform that underpins the new MINI hatchback, too. The platform will be extended overall, and have a longer wheelbase than the hatch, to boost interior and boost space.
The MINI Cooper 2014 will be unveiled at 15:00 UK time on Monday 18 November. The date coincides with the birthday of original Mini designer, Sir Alec Issigonis.