Building on rumors that have circulated for a while, a report from the Mini superfans at Motoringfile predicts that the new 2016 Mini Clubman will soon be offered with Mini’s ALL4 all-wheel drive system.
This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise because the Clubman is based off parent company BMW’s new UKL platform, which also underpins all-wheel drive vehicles like the BMW X1 and the upcoming Mini Countryman SUV. The Clubman’s ALL4 system would be front-wheel-drive-biased, with the system deactivating in scenarios in which all-wheel drive is not necessary, resulting in better fuel economy.
The weight gain of adding the ALL4 system would be nominal according to the report, with an increase of just 134 pounds over the equivalent front-wheel-drive Clubman. The ALL4 Clubman will supposedly retail for right around $1,500 more than the front-wheel-drive model, and will enter production in March of next year.
The high-performance John Cooper Works version of the Clubman will apparently feature the same ALL4 system as well, with a power output rumored to top near 250 hp. According to the report, following its official debut, the JCW Clubman will enter production in November of next year.
We received a visit from the Mini team earlier this year, and got an in-depth look at the 2016 Clubman before its official debut. The new, larger Clubman is Mini’s attempt to move slightly upmarket, with a more upscale interior design.