The Clubman variant of the redesigned 2014 Mini Cooper looks to receive some big changes if our latest spy shots are any indication. These photos of a pair of 2015 Mini Cooper Clubman prototypes on a flatbed show a longer body with four full doors, a departure from the current Cooper Clubman which is a slightly lengthened version of the Cooper Hardtop with a small third door for access to the rear seat.
Up front, the 2015 Mini Cooper Clubman will share the updated face of the 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop, with its larger, rounder headlights and smiley-face-like grille. The profile diverges from the hardtop, though, with much longer proportions that make the new Clubman look like a longer, lower version of today's Mini Countryman crossover. The Clubman’s signature dual-opening French doors out back are retained, but this prototype’s camouflage prevents us from seeing how the taillights may differ from the 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop’s larger, more cartoonish taillight design.
We expect the 2015 Mini Cooper Clubman to feature the same updated powertrain lineup as the 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop, which includes a new 1.5-liter, 134-hp turbocharged three-cylinder engine in the standard Cooper and a 2.0-liter, 189-hp turbocharged four-cylinder in the Cooper S. Both engines come with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
Look for the 2015 Mini Cooper Clubman to debut sometime next year, along with other Mini variants like the 2015 Mini Cooper Convertible and John Cooper Works versions. In the meantime, the redesigned 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop goes on sale next March and the outgoing Mini Cooper Clubman continues for 2014.