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2016 Mini Clubman Preview

2016 Mini Clubman Preview

By Christian Wardlaw, June 24, 2015

Fast Facts:
  • Largest Mini in history, bigger than Countryman
  • Cooper and Cooper S model series
  • 5-passenger seating with forward-hinged rear doors
  • Traditional barn-style rear cargo doors
  • Turbocharged 3-cylinder and 4-cylinder engines
  • Standard 6-speed manual gearbox
  • Debuts new 8-speed automatic transmission for Cooper S
  • First Mini with power-adjustable front seats
  • Cargo space ranges from 17.5 to 47.9 cu. ft.
  • New safety and infotainment technologies
  • Myriad opportunities for personalization

Introduction
Meet the 2016 Mini Clubman, the largest model Mini has built to date. Dimensionally, the new Clubman is bigger than the existing Countryman, though the latter model is taller. When the Clubman goes on sale, Mini will initially offer it in Cooper and Cooper S versions.

Exterior Features
Taking cues from classic estate cars, the new Mini Cooper Clubman is the latest in a series that began 55 years ago with the original Mini Traveller and Austin Seven Countryman.

No mere adaptation of the existing Mini Hardtop 4-door, the new Clubman is 10.9 in. longer, 2.9 in. wider, and sits on a wheelbase stretched by 4 in. compared with that model. In every measurement but height, the 2016 Clubman is larger than the current Countryman crossover SUV.

Featuring aerodynamic design details called Air Curtains and Air Breathers, the new Clubman is distinguished by black trim along the bottom edges of the body. Choose the optional Mini Excitement package and the driver's side mirror projects the Mini logo onto the ground at night when the driver's door is opened or closed.

Traditional barn-style split doors provide access to the cargo area, and in this model Mini has narrowed the center bars to improve rear visibility. Each door contains a horizontally oriented taillight.

The new Clubman Cooper sits on 16-in. aluminum wheels, while the Cooper S comes with 17-in. wheels. Sizes up to 19 in. in diameter are optional.

Twelve paint colors are available, including new Melting Silver, Pure Burgundy, and Mini Yours Lapisluxury Blue. The car's roof and mirrors can be painted the same color as the body, or in white, silver, or black. White or black hood stripes are optional, as well as a Chrome Line appearance package.

Interior Features
Designed to seat up to 5 people, the 2016 Clubman gets a new dashboard, full-length center console, and interior theme intended to emphasize the car's width. A wide range of interior materials, colors, trims, and accents help to personalize the Clubman, along with various seat upholsteries and three different steering wheel designs.

Sport-bolstered front seats are standard equipment, along with dual-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. As an option, the Clubman can be fitted with a 40/20/40 split-folding seat.

The cargo doors open to reveal 17.5 cu. ft. of space behind the rear seats. Fold the seats and the Clubman holds up to 47.9 cu. ft. of cargo. Optionally, as a part of the Comfort Access passive-entry system, these doors feature hands-free operation activated by waving a foot beneath the rear bumper.

Optional Features
In addition to the safety and infotainment technology upgrades listed in the sections that follow, the 2016 Clubman is offered with optional LED headlights and taillights, adaptive headlights, and LED fog lights. A panoramic sunroof and roof rails are also available.

Inside, the new Clubman is the first Mini offered with power-adjustable front seats, which includes memory for the driver's preferences. Heated front seats are also available, as well as John Cooper Works performance-bolstered front seats.

A Storage package improves the Clubman's utility, and a center console armrest contains a telephone storage bin. The Mini Excitement package adds LED interior and continuously variable ambient lighting, while Mini Yours Interior Styles add backlit door bezels.

Under the Hood
A turbocharged, 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine powers the 2016 Cooper Clubman, making 134 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque, the latter starting at 1,250 rpm. According to Mini, acceleration to 60 mph takes 8.9 seconds whether the car is equipped with the standard 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission, and the Cooper's top speed is a claimed 127 mph. Mini says that the manual gearbox includes "active engine speed adaptation" when making gear changes.

Clubman Cooper S models have a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 189 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque, with peak torque beginning at 1,250 rpm. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard, and the Cooper S Clubman is available with a new 8-speed automatic transmission. An 8-speed sport automatic transmission is also available for the Cooper S Clubman, featuring shift paddles on the steering wheel and a Launch Control system.

By Mini's stopwatch, acceleration to 60 mph takes 7 seconds with the stick and 6.9 seconds with the automatic. Top speed for the Clubman Cooper S is estimated, by Mini, to be 142 mph.

A red toggle switch on the center control panel starts and stops the engine. Automatic start/stop technology is included for Clubmans with an automatic transmission, and at speeds over 30 mph the automatic features a coasting mode that conserves fuel by idling the engine when the driver lifts off the accelerator, allowing the car to coast with as little drivetrain friction as is possible, Mini says.

In conjunction with the Clubman's optional navigation system, the automatic transmission also uses navigation data to optimize gear and shift point selection. "Shift control is based on the route profile," according to Mini.

Standard equipment includes 4-wheel-disc brakes with cornering brake control, brake-drying function, fading-brake support, and an electronic differential lock control designed to reduce wheel spin when the car's traction and stability control system is turned off. Speed-sensitive steering is also standard, while the Cooper S Clubman is equipped with performance control steering.

Optional Mini Driving Modes include Green, Mid, and Sport settings. Dynamic Damper Control is also optional, helping to emphasize what Mini refers to as the Clubman's "go-kart feeling."

Safety
Mini refers to its suite of safety systems as Driving Assistant technologies. They're optional, and include a reversing camera, active cruise control, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and an automatic braking feature, high-beam assist, and park-assist sensors.

Technology
Every 2016 Mini Clubman is equipped with a 6.5-in. central display screen with Mini Connected access to mobile apps, USB port, and Bluetooth calling and music streaming. An optional Wired package upgrades the technology to an 8.8-in. screen, and installs a Mini Touch Controller on the center console.

Add the optional navigation system and a Mini Connected XL Journey Mate system helps you to plan trips and provides personalized information along the route. Buyers can upgrade to a Mini Navigation Professional system, premium sound system with Mini Visual Boost, and a head-up display.

Parking Assistant technology is also offered, steering the Clubman into a parallel parking space while the driver operates the brake, accelerator, and transmission.

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