Previewed by a concept car that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show last month, the next-generation Mini Clubman will break cover sometime next year, after the company’s engineers and test drivers are finished putting it through its paces. It was January when our skilled spy photographers previously caught the Clubman out in the open. The prototype was being tested in blistery Sweden, with very little to offer as far as its styling goes, due to its heavy camouflage.
More than two months have passed, and our lensmen met with the Clubman once again, this time in a less icy environment. Actually, they’ve encountered it in a place that’s not exactly suited for a fancy grocery-getter — the Nurburgring. Yes, I know, each and every manufacturer needs to hoon their vehicles on the "Green Hell" for approval, but it’s overrated if you ask me.
Anyway, this specific Clubman is slightly different than the one spotted in Sweden earlier this year. Firstly, the front bumper intakes and the wheels are different. Secondly, a quick peak around the back reveals a twin exhaust. These details suggest we might be looking at a Clubman S version, which would make more sense considering the location it was spotted in.
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Despite the camouflage sheets that cover its body, it’s safe to assume that the next Mini Clubman will feature the same design elements as the shorter Cooper model, including the redesigned front grille, reshaped headlamps and large taillights.
Although it’s not obvious in these photos, we know for a fact that the new Clubman will be longer and slightly wider than the model it replaces.
You’re probably wondering what type of engines will be in charge with motivating this vehicle. Well, the entry-level variant will get the 1.5-liter, inline-three unit with 136 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, while a larger, 2.0-liter four-pot will send 192 horsepower and 206 pound-feet to the wheels. Both mills are of BMW provenience.