MINI Clubman spied

10 Mar, 2014 11:51am Jonathan Burn

New MINI Clubman spied cold weather testing alongside its predecessor in snowy Sweden

Following the unveiling of the MINI Clubman concept at the Geneva Motor Show last week, our spies have caught the production model testing in Sweden. Spotted testing alongside the original Clubman, the dramatic changes in proportion can clearly be seen.

Although heavily camouflaged, a more traditional four-door layout – rather than the small rear-hinged third clubman door on the current model - is visible. The concept measures in at 260mm longer and 187mm wider than the current model – proportions that will be carried over to the showroom model. 

Styling cues remain hidden but we expect the new round headlights and floating grille from the hatchback to be fitted. At the back, there’s a more noticeable sloping roofline and the taillights has been mounted horizontally. The Clubman has retained the two barn doors at the back, making this new model a six-door.

To manage the increased proportions, the Clubman will sit on a stretched version of the UKL1 platform. Engines are still unconfirmed but expect the Cooper and Cooper D variants to be powered by 1.5-litre three-cylinder motors, while the range-topping Cooper S should be fitted with the same 2.0-litre turbocharged engine as the hatchback.

We aren’t likely to see the new Clubman in showrooms until the beginning of 2015, a few months after a five-door MINI hatchback is introduced.