The current Mini lineup is slowly getting a makeover and the Clubman is the next to join the ranks of Britain’s redesigned "fashionmobile." Previewed by the Clubman Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Mini’s new wagon brought many changes to the nameplate, a fact confirmed by the first prototypes that took the streets in the second half of 2014. With 2015 already upon us, the new Clubman was spotted trotting around German streets once again, showcasing its six-door configuration and revised sheet metal.

As soon as we set eyes on the production-ready concept of the 2015 Mini Clubman, we learned that the new Clubman would be the most revolutionary of its kind. Although its exterior design is essentially the same, save for a few nips and tucks all around, the wagon has received regular rear doors for the very first time, ditching the single, reverse-hinged opening on the passenger side and the unequal front-door setup. What’s more, it has grown in size, following the trend applied to the rest of the new Mini lineup.

The interior of the Clubman has been revamped as well, strangely enough to the extent it’s quite different when compared to the Cooper Hatch, but you’ll have to skip past the jump to find out more about that.

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2015 Mini Clubman - Spy Shots

Spy Shots: Mini Clubman Spied Inside and Out Exterior Spyshots
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Spy Shots: Mini Clubman Spied Inside and Out Exterior Spyshots
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Spy Shots: Mini Clubman Spied Inside and Out Interior Exterior Spyshots
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As expected, the production car mirrors the concept in every aspect, showcasing a wider body and a new six-door configuration. It seems as if Mini realized buyers would rather have two rear doors instead the unpractical, but still cool, setup with only one rear opening. Although I appreciate Mini for remaining true to the original Clubman until now, I can’t blame it for trying to turn it into a more practical wagon. It still has two doors instead of a rear hatch, so the heritage is not yet lost.

What bothers me the most is that the Clubman is now even bigger. Sure, the Clubman has many competitors to go against and Mini has to move a lot of cars to keep the nameplate afloat, but it’s getting ridiculous. Unless it brings massive improvements in terms of interior roominess, something we’ll find out when the official launch takes place, we’re again witnessing the death of a tradition for the sake of profits. Oh well, I guess this is how the cookie crumbles in the automotive industry nowadays.

Rants aside, these spy shots provide us with the very first look at the Clubman’s new interior, and there’s a lot to see, as Mini reworked many of the details. The dashboard is a tad different compared to the hatch’s and it seems Mini dropped the circular air vents in favor of rectangular ones. What’s more, the center stack gets a few unique cues of its own, including revised buttons and knobs. There’s no navigation on this prototype, which isn’t to say it won’t be available as an option, and the conventional parking brake has been ditched for an electronic one. I would dare say the cabin looks a tad cheaper when compared to the Countryman, but I’ll keep my final thoughts for when the camouflage is completely gone.

As far as engines go, the Clubman will receive the same lineup of 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter mills, in both gasoline and diesel guises. Unfortunately, there will be no oil burners for U.S. consumption. There’s no word on a JCW version yet, but I don’t see why Mini would skip a high-performance model in today’s market.

Why it matters

To say that Mini has changed significantly from one generation onto another would be an overstatement, but the Clubman has plenty of novelties to brag about. Moving from a five- to a six-door configuration is the big news here, making the current model the last of the Clubmans to sport the single, rear-hinged rear door.

The upcoming wagon is also significantly larger, but that’s something I saw coming with the hatch and Countryman versions already in dealerships. Lastly, the new Clubman seems to have taken a direction of its own as far as the interior goes, which is a good thing considering its more utilitarian purpose.

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