Mini Clubman

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For the original British Leyland Mini Clubman (1969-1980), see Mini Clubman
Mini Clubman
Mini Cooper S Clubman Facelift front 20100508.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer BMW (Mini brand)
Production 2007-present
Model years 2008-
Assembly Cowley, Oxford, England
Body and chassis
Class Subcompact
Body style 4-door Estate, Van
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive
Related Mini Hatch
Powertrain
Engine

1.6L I4 (One/Cooper)
1.6L Petrol turbocharged I4 (Cooper S)

1.6L BMW N47 diesel I4 (Cooper D and One D)
Transmission 6-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 100.3 in (2,548 mm)
Length 2008-2010: 155.0 in (3,937 mm)
2008-2010 S: 155.8 in (3,957 mm)
2011-Present: 155.9 in (3,960 mm)
Width 66.3 in (1,684 mm)
Height 56.1 in (1,425 mm)
S: 56.4 in (1,433 mm)
Kerb weight 1,205 kg (2,657 lb)

The Mini Clubman is an estate car engineered and manufactured by the German automaker BMW. It was introduced in 2007, as a variant of the Mini Hatch (hatchback). A commercial version called Clubvan was added to the range in 2012.

Background[edit]

The use of the name "Clubman" is a departure from Mini tradition. "Clubman" was originally the name given to the 1970s face-lift of the classic Mini, which mostly resulted in a squared-off front end, whereas the classic Mini estates had traditionally been named "Traveller" or "Countryman". However, BMW did not initially purchase the rights to use those names, and so decided to call its estate-variant "Clubman", a name which it did own rights to.

The model variants are the same as the Hatch/Hardtop version; being in available in One, Cooper, Cooper S, Cooper D, and John Cooper Works (JCW) variations.

Design[edit]

Mini Clubman, rear

Identical to the two-door hatchback from the B-pillar forward, the Clubman features a length increased by 240 mm (9.4 in), an 80 mm (3.1 in) longer wheelbase, increased rear-seat leg room and cargo space deeper by 160 mm (6.3 in), providing an increased 260 litres (9.2 cu ft) of space – growing from a total of 680 to 920 litres (24 to 32 cu ft) with the rear seats folded. The Clubman model weighs 64 kilograms (141 lb) more than its two-door counterpart.

The Clubman features access to its cargo volume via bi-parting rear doors, also known as barn doors or Splitdoors. All Clubman models, irrespective of market, feature a pair of bi-parting side doors, marketed singlarly as the Clubdoor, which are always located on its right side of the body – irrespective of market. This in turn creates differences between right and left-hand driver markets. Because (irrespective of market) the steering wheel will preclude the driver's seat from folding as far forward as the passenger seat, left-hand drive markets feature increased access to the rear seat via. For right-hand drive markets, including the car's home market, the bi-parting door is located on the road side of the car, requiring rear passengers to exit into the road.[1]

In 2007, Torque magazine said the Clubman is "essentially a shooting-brake design."[2]

Mini Cooper S Clubman, cargo area

Recently, the company unveiled the Clubman Bond Street, named after a prestigious shopping destination in London, featuring exclusive and stylish appointments inside and out.[3]

Technical[edit]

Four-cylinder engine, automatic transmission and manual transmission selections are identical to those used in the corresponding hatchback models, except for the 66 kW (90 PS; 89 hp) One Diesel which is not offered in the Clubman. The rear suspension setup shares many of the same design features, including the rear trailing arms and the anti-roll bars.[4]

The Clubman comes with 6 airbags; stability control, brake assist driving and electronic brakeforce distribution.

Clubvan[edit]

A commercial version of the Clubman was first shown to the public in June 2012, called the Clubvan. Initially shown as a concept car at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show,[5] a pre-production version was shown at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.[6] Sales in the US began in early calendar 2013 but it was withdrawn in July with only 50 units sold, the Chicken tax having made it more expensive than a Clubman wagon. [7]

Clubman Mk2 (F54)[edit]

A second generation Clubman was announced in 2013, with model code F54.[8] A concept version was unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, with a production model expected towards the end of 2014.[9]

MINI 5-door (F55)[edit]

MINI released information on an all-new model that slots between the Hatch, and Clubman models. The 5-door (or 4-door in the US), is based on the stretched UKL1 platform that underpins the F54 Clubman. While it is marketed as a 5-door version of the F56 MINI Hatch, it is actually more closely related to the F54 Clubman. The 5-door Hatch is priced $1000 more than the MINI Hatch, and mirrors it's engine, transmission, and feature lists. It's interior design is a close match. The all new model is slightly taller, longer, and offers more passenger volume, and boot space than the 3-door model. Production for the 5-door is expected to begin in the summer or 2014, with deliveries beginning in the fall of 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Car Advice - Not so mini new Mini clubman, published 2007.
  2. ^ A New Kind of Club. Torque Magazine, October 2007. 
  3. ^ Barari, Arman (ed.). "MINI Clubman Bond Street Edition Unveiled". Motorward. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  4. ^ DRIVE.com.au Mini Clubman wagon revealed
  5. ^ "Geneva motor show: Mini Clubvan". Autocar. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Mini Clubvan (2012) first official pictures". Car. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Mini Clubvan axed". 
  8. ^ "Ten facts about the new Mini". Autocar. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Mini Clubman Concept". Evo. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2014.