Mini Clubman

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For the original British Leyland Mini Clubman (1969−1980), see Mini

Mini Clubman
Mini Cooper D Clubman (F54) – Frontansicht, 6. März 2016, Düsseldorf.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Mini (BMW)
Production 2007-2013, 2015-present
Model years 2008-2014, 2016-present
Assembly United Kingdom: Cowley, Oxfordshire (Plant Oxford)

The Mini Clubman is a supermini (first generation) or small family car (second generation) engineered and manufactured by BMW and sold under the Mini marque. 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. The first generation was the first Mini to have suicide doors, but the second generation lacks them.

Background[edit]

The use of the name "Clubman" is a departure from Mini tradition. "Clubman" was originally the name given to the 1970s facelift 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" (a Clubman-styled estate was, however, available in Australia). 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 D, Cooper SD, Cooper S and John Cooper Works (JCW) (2007-2014) variations.

First generation (R55) (2007–2014)[edit]

First Generation (R55)
Mini Cooper S Clubman Facelift front 20100508.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Mini (BMW)
Also called Mini Clubvan
Production 2007 – June 2014
Model years 2008–2014
Assembly United Kingdom: Cowley, Oxfordshire
Body and chassis
Class Supermini (B)
Body style 5-door wagon (Clubman)
5-door car derived van (Clubvan)
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive
Related Mini Hatch
Powertrain
Engine

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

1.6 L Peugeot DV6 diesel I4 (Cooper D and One D)
Transmission 6-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,548 mm (100.3 in)
Length 2008–2010: 3,937 mm (155.0 in)
2008–2010 S: 3,957 mm (155.8 in)
2011–2014: 3,960 mm (155.9 in)
Width 1,684 mm (66.3 in)
Height 1,425 mm (56.1 in)
S: 1,433 mm (56.4 in)
Kerb weight 1,205 kg (2,657 lb)

Design[edit]

Mini Clubman

Identical to the 3-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, feature a single backwards opening side door, marketed singlarly as the Clubdoor, which is always located on its right side of the body – irrespective of market. It is much smaller in comparison to the regular driver and passenger side doors. 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 4-door hatchback design". However, this confuses many people because of the complexity of the Clubman design. The passenger doors configuration and split rear cargo doors of the Clubman make it a unique model on the market. After its release, the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen was seen as a direct competitor of the first generation Clubman, but they were very different vehicles. Furthermore, a majority of people have said that MINI created their own segment with the Clubman due to its irregular configurations."[2]

In 2013, the company unveiled the Clubman Bond Street, named after a prestigious shopping destination in London, featuring exclusive and stylish appointments inside and out.[3]

Specifications[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 bhp) 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 panel van 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]

Mini Cooper S Clubman, cargo area

Cargo[edit]

The cargo area of the first generation Clubman received mixed reviews. Although it was far bigger than the Mini Hatch, most critics still believed that it was too small in comparison to one of its main competitors, the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen. Many complaints were also cited about the trunk. The majority of the car behind the B pillar was said to have created much road noise, especially at high speeds. Also, the rear seats did not fold flat with the load floor of the trunk. Critics also said that the "storage package", which included options such as a 13V power outlet, perimeter lighting, and nets, should have been a standard option on the vehicle.

Second generation (F54) (2015 – Present)[edit]

Second Generation (F54)
Mini F54 fr.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Mini (BMW)
Production 2015–present
Model years 2016–present
Assembly United Kingdom: Cowley, Oxfordshire
Body and chassis
Class Small family car (C)
Body style 4-door wagon
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Platform BMW UKL platform
Powertrain
Engine

1.6L I4
2.0L Petrol turbocharged I4 (Cooper S)

B38A15T0 1.5L turbocharged Inline-3 gasoline
Transmission 6-speed automatic
8-speed automatic
6-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,670 mm (105.1 in)
Length 4,275 mm (168.3 in)
Width 1,801 mm (70.9 in)
Height 1,440 mm (56.7 in)
Kerb weight 1,375 kg (3,031 lb)

A second generation Clubman was announced in 2013, with model code F54.[8] A concept version was unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show,[9] with the production model debuting at the 2015 Frankfurt IAA MotorShow. The new model, based on the BMW UKL2 platform, features more space.[10] At the time of its debut, the Mini Clubman was the largest Mini ever manufactured by the brand, measuring 427 centimetres (168.3 in) long and it is wider measuring 180 centimetres (70.9 in) in comparison to the previous 396-centimetre (155.9 in). The new model has 4 doors for passengers.

Mini Cooper Clubman

This generation of the Mini Clubman comes with two engines for the North American Market. The basic model comes with the 100 kW (134 bhp) 3-cylinder engine mated with either a 6-spd manual or 6-spd automatic transmission, while the new MINI Cooper S Clubman comes with a 4-cylinder engine and 189 bhp, mated with either a 6-spd manual or 8-spd automatic transmission. All-wheel drive in the form of MINI's all4 system is optional in the Cooper S in select markets.[11]


Clubman ALL4[edit]

This generation of the Clubman is the first to receive MINI's all wheel drive system, known as "ALL4". The system uses an electro-hydraulic system, which, as the name suggests uses an electronically managed hydraulic pump to adjust the clutch sending power to the rear wheels in what Mini calls ‘fractions of a second’. The system can then divert up to 50% of the engine’s power to the rear wheels, and the system actually defaults to AWD from the start, not FWD. Similar to BMW’s Xdrive system, which defaults to a 70/30 split rear to front and is able to divert 100% of power to the rear wheels, All4 starts at 50/50 and is able to re-allocate up to 100% of power back to the front wheels. Unlike one of its main competitors, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, the ALL4 version of the Clubman does not feature any raised suspension or rugged exterior design and body panels. Originally when it first arrived at dealerships, the Clubman was only available with ALL4 on the Cooper S model, but as of the 2017 model year, it is now available on the base Cooper model as well.

Vision GT Concept[edit]

In 2014, work began on the MINI Clubman VGT, which was designed for the videogame Gran Turismo 6.[12] The car features four-wheel drive[13] and carbon fibre components to save weight,[14] and at nearly 400 horsepower, is one of the most powerful Minis.[15] It was made available to players via an update in February 2015.[16]

Reception[edit]

In October 2014, Top Gear magazine placed the Mini Clubman on its list of "The worst cars you can buy right now", describing the car as "Lamentable to drive - shuddery, messy and as comfortable as a marble mattress."[17] However, the second generation has been a big improvement. BMW has said that they felt the need to put higher quality materials into their new lineup to make the brand feel like it is marketed as: premium. MINI used many soft-touch plastics to cover the dash and majority of the door panels, real leather upholstery, and several, upscale trim options. Also praised was the new MINI Connected + Visual Boost and navigation system. It was said to be a pleasantly fun design that was more thought out than the 1st generation's system.

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