The second generation MINI Clubman has returned in a couple of live shots following last month's unveiling.
Far from being a true MINI anymore, the new model is 27 cm longer and 9 cm wider than the model it replaces and also has a 10 cm extended wheelbase. Seen here is a near-production prototype of the hotter Clubman S which still had some yellow camo on the front fenders, but the rear end with its barn-style doors was undisguised.
The six-door arrangement certainly makes it stand out and it's also a relatively practical car as the increased dimensions have boosted trunk capacity to 360 liters with the rear seats up or 1,250 liters once you fold down the bench which has a 40:20:40 folding split.
This spicy S version has a punchy four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine pushing out 192 PS (141 kW) at 5,000 rpm and 280 Nm (300 Nm with overboost) at 1,250 rpm. It's enough muscle for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 7.2 seconds with the standard six-speed manual or 7.1 seconds if you go for the optional automatic transmission. Regardless of gearbox selection, the Clubman S will top out at 142 mph (228 km/h).
It will go on sale this fall in Europe, following a public introduction in mid-September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.