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Mini Clubman Concept Set to Debut at Geneva Motor Show

By: Jeff Youngs, 2/27/2014
Mini has established a history of introducing new models first as lightly disguised concept cars and then in production format that makes it difficult to discern which is the fantasy and which is the reality. At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the Mini Clubman Concept debuts, foreshadowing a distinct departure from the current Cooper Clubman model and signaling greater separation from the Cooper lineup in terms of size and styling.

Nearly a foot longer and half a foot wider than the outgoing Cooper Clubman model, the Mini Clubman Concept rolling under the stage lights in Geneva is equipped with four full-size doors, unlike the current Clubman's 3-door arrangement. The Clubman's classic barn-style cargo doors are retained, though, opening to reveal a larger cargo space and a double load floor. A Smart Opening function will be optional for the production version of the car, allowing the owner to power the cargo doors open simply by waving his or her foot under the rear bumper. The Clubman Concept also features Mini's iconic floating roof design, and while this new model looks like the new Cooper Hardtop from the windshield forward, the rear styling is unique to the Clubman.

Aerodynamics are improved with the Clubman Concept, which is painted Berry Red with a Blade (dark gray) roof and which is the first Mini to incorporate what the automaker refers to as an AirBreather element on each side of the vehicle. The concept vehicle rides on 19-in. aluminum wheels, a size that will be available as an option for the production model.

Mini says the new Clubman will seat five passengers. Decked out in lavish concept car materials, the Clubman Concept's dashboard is a departure from the new Mini Cooper Hardtop, designed to appear as though it is hovering beneath the windshield. Classic round gauges convey information to the driver, and the center-mounted infotainment system features new haptic-feedback "intelligent" toggle switches that the driver can program based on personal preferences. Door armrests conceal storage areas, and Mini employs indirect lighting to highlight and magnify elements of the Clubman Concept's cabin.

No further details are offered for the Mini Clubman Concept, but the production version of the car is likely to be available in standard, S, and John Cooper Works trim levels with escalating levels of power and performance.

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