The larger Mini Clubman isn't anything drastically new, but the 2009 Mini One Clubman - slated for a debut this March at the 2009 Geneva motor show - is. Although Cooper and Cooper S versions are already on sale across the globe, the Mini One Clubman gives European shoppers (not those across the pond) extra room without extra cost.
Like the base Mini One, the Mini One Clubman follows the "less is more" philosophy, appealing to thrifty shoppers. Not only does the new model cost more than $2000 less than the Cooper Clubman, but it also returns 52.3 mpg on the EU combined test cycle (approximately 43.5 mpg U.S.), which trumps the Cooper and Cooper S Clubmans.
The Mini One Clubman obtain their fuel miser status with the help of a 1.4 liter, 95-horsepower engine. For extra green points, the car also employs "Minimalism" technologies such as regenerative braking, auto start/stop, and a shift light that shows the driver the most economic time to shift.
Both a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic will be available when the car launches in the UK at the end of March, but don't expect an U.S. launch anytime soon. As was the case with the basic hatchback, Mini feels Americans prefer the extra content and power of the Cooper and Cooper S models, and won't bring the base trim here.