2016 Mini Clubman Teaser Confirms New Model's Larger Size
Looks nearly identical to Clubman concept from 2014.
A big change is in store for the 2016 Mini Clubman as it moves up into a new size class, and we can now see a silhouette of the new hatchback model thanks to this teaser photo from Mini. The new Mini Clubman will likely debut at the Frankfurt auto show this fall before going on sale in early 2016.
The shadowy image doesn't give too much away, but we can tell that the new Mini Clubman will be significantly larger than the car it replaces, which was essentially a stretched version of the standard Cooper Hardtop with two rear half-doors. Now that the new MINI Cooper Hardtop has added a four-door version of its own, though, the Clubman will grow in size, as we saw with the Mini Clubman concept shown at last year's Geneva auto show.
The overall shape of the production Clubman looks similar to that concept, and recent spy shots (pictured) show that it will have a conventional four-door layout and French-style rear cargo doors traditionally used on Clubman models in the past. The Clubman concept was also 10.2 inches longer and 6.7 inches wider than a standard MINI Cooper Hardtop, meaning that the new Clubman will be sized similarly to a Volkswagen Golf or Mazda3 hatchback.
Underneath the new, larger body will be the same UKL platform underpinning the Cooper Hardtop and BMW models like the new X1 crossover. We expect the Mini Clubman to offer the same powertrains as the standard Cooper as well, with a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder as the base engine and the 2.0-liter turbo-four from the Cooper S as an option.
Stay tuned for more news on the 2016 Mini Clubman as we near its debut a few months from now, and check out the gallery of spy shots and Clubman concept images below for a preview.