New MINI Clubman introduced alongside other updated models at Frankfurt Motor Show
In what comes as MINI’s first product in the premium compact segment of the international car market, the Clubman has just been unveiled at the ongoing 2015 International Motor Show at Frankfurt. The new product is a very practical vehicle given the fact that it has a lot of space inside the cabin which also features latest technologies as standard.
The four door vehicle can seat five people without any issues whatsoever, thanks to its increased length and width over the 5-door MINI. This is further accentuated with the fact that the new Mini Clubman has a longer wheelbase of 10 cm over the aforementioned model. The boot offers a good 360 litres of volume which can further be increased to 1250 litres thanks to the optional 40:20:40 splitting rear seats.
The Clubman is driven by a four-cylinder petrol motor that puts out 192 HP of power while also delivering a good fuel efficiency figure of 45.6 miles to the gallon. On the other hand, the MINI Cooper Clubman generates 136 HP of power thanks to a smaller three-cylinder petrol motor with a fuel efficiency figure of 55.4 miles per gallon. Another variant called the MINI Cooper D Clubman gets a completely new four-cylinder diesel mill that churns out 150 HP of power while returning 68.9 miles per gallon.
The new Mini Clubman is offered with an Excitement Package as standard. The package offers ambient lighting, LED interiors and a MINI logo projector to the ground from under the driver’s side view mirror. Other equipment includes a comfort access option that electrically opens the split rear seats, optional 8-speed automatic gearbox, electric parking brake, electric seat adjustability and optional backlit door bezels.
The new range is expected to do well in the international car market with the Clubman leading the charge. The Clubman is a good proposition given that it has a lot of interior room. However, this inadvertently makes the vehicle lose out on the fact that MINIs are supposed to be small and compact.
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