Future Cars

Seventh Place: 2009 Mini Clubman

From the outside, the new Mini looks remarkably similar to the one that’s been plying U.S. roads for a few years now. The cabin boasts a cleaner, more user-friendly design, and the Chrysler-derived engines have be replaced by new turbocharged powerplants developed in cooperation with PSA-Citroen. So what’s next?

With an estimated eighteen extra inches of length, the Mini Clubman should address the most common criticisms of the current car: a lack of space in the back for legs and luggage. Clamshell doors may be used to ease access to the rear. There’s been a lot of dispute around the internet as to what this new model will be called–Clubman or Traveler being the top choices–but it is expected to be called the Clubman.

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