MINI has taken the wraps off the Clubman concept which will be showcased in public next week at the Geneva Motor Show.
Despite being billed as a concept, the Clubman seen here is pretty much ready to go into production and become the largest model MINI has ever made as it is 4223mm long, 1844mm wide and 1450mm tall. Unlike its predecessor, the new Clubman features four frameless front-hinged doors while the split rear doors have been retained.
MINI has installed a pair of recessed headlights equipped with daytime running lights forming a continuous ring which will likely be implemented on the entire revamped lineup. It comes with large 19-inch alloy wheels and bigger horizontally positioned taillights to emphasize the added width (+170mm) of the car. The Clubman concept comes with so-called "air curtains" which are positioned on the outer section of the front apron providing the wheel arches with an "aerodynamically optimised closure."
The cabin is more worthy of a concept which according to MINI provides a preview of what's to come in terms of interiors. They have combined premium materials like wood trims and leather with chrome touches on the controls to give the concept a more upscale look and feel but we expect the production to be slightly toned down.
The new MINI Clubman will probably reach showrooms before the end of the year so chances are the production model will be shown in October at the Paris Motor Show.
Additional details are provided in the attached press release.