All-new to the MINI family is the Clubman, which made its US debut at the 2007 Los Angeles International Auto Show. The Clubman represents the modern successor to the legendary classics Morris Mini Traveller, Austin Mini Countryman, and Mini Clubman Estate. The MINI Cooper Clubman and MINI Cooper S Clubman will go on sale February 16th, 2008.
The MINI Clubman still bears obvious MINI heritage but the Clubman is an additional 9.45 inches in body length and the wheelbase is extended by 3.15 inches for more rear legroom. The innovative five-door configuration with the conventional driver’s and front passenger’s door is 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,” which swings open in the opposing direction relative to the main passenger door to dramatically increase the access to the rear seating area. For safety, the Clubdoor can only be opened with the adjoining front door open.
The MINI Clubman will come with two engine options: 1.6-liter four-cylinder with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct gasoline injection, and maximum output of 175 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 177 lb-ft of torque from 1,600 to 5,000 rpm or a 1.6-liter four cylinder variable valve management that produces 120hp at 6,600 rpm with max torque at 118 lb-fl at 4,250 rpm. The Clubman also comes with standard sport-tuned characteristics for an impressive level of braking and traction management technology like anti-lock control (ABS). Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including hill start-off assistance.
Style-wise, the MINI Clubman comes standard with 15-inch wheels, while the Cooper S Clubman features 16-inch rims with runflat tires that allow the driver to continue even after a complete loss of tire pressure. The MINI Cooper Clubman also offers enthusiasts a chance to personalize the vehicle with a combination of options/features and more than 40 exterior color combinations.
The MINI Cooper Clubman will be offered at an MSRP of $20,600 while the MINI Cooper S Clubman will start at $24,100 with both prices including a $650 destination charge.