Just yesterday, Mini unveiled the new-generation Cooper and it looks like engineers are already out testing another variant of the lineup: the Cooper Clubman . Our spy photographers managed to catch it, while being towed to a test facility.
Just like with the standard Cooper , the new Clubman will grow in all directions and will feature regular rear doors on both sides. What will remain unchanged are the two access doors to the cargo area, which is not necessarily a good thing, but it does give the Clubman a unique look.
As for the engine lineup, the Clubman will carry the same engines from the standard Cooper, including the three-cylinder engine and the usual four-cylinder in the Clubman S. The diesel version, which will likely not make it to the U.S., will also get a three-cylinder engine. All the engines will mate to a standard six-speed manual transmission, with a six-speed automatic transmission offered as an option.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mini Cooper Clubman.
April 8, 2014 - First testing at Nurbrugring
January 20, 2014 - First winter testing
The prototype that our spy photographers caught today today is wearing lots of camouflage, which is a clear indication that it’s design is nearly finalized, but there still may be a few months until the new Clubman hits the market.
Still, is not very difficult to imagine what the next Cluman will look like. All you have to do is take the old model and add the elements launched in the standard Cooper version, and there you have it.
These new elements include a revised grille with a smooth, one-piece chrome frame, new headlights and new taillights revised chrome elements.
Mini added the Clubman version to its lineup back in 2008 when it wanted to offer an estate version of its popular Cooper. The model was named after the 1970s facelift of the classic Mini that included a squared-off front end.
Except for its increased dimensions, the model is basically identical to the standard Cooper, starting with the design language and up to the engine lineup.
No major updates were announced over the years, but the Clubman saw numerous special editions.