Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The MINI Clubman Lives, Concept to Bow at Geneva
The rumors of MINI killing off the Clubman seems to be just that: rumors as MINI revealed the Clubman Concept for the 2014 Geneva Auto Show. And pundits know if MINI parent company BMW attaches the word, “Concept” to the name, it’s a thinly-veiled, almost production-ready car. So what makes the second-generation Clubman different? Well, for one it’s got six doors. Yes, six doors if you were to include the split-opening tailgate just like the original Clubman.
The additional doors aside, the Clubman Concept is 260 mm longer and 170 mm wider than the original Clubman. Still, the MINI Clubman Concept carries the recognizable design cues including the oversized oval headlights, two box proportions, and the “floating” roof. The grille has been integrated into the bumpers and the three-dimensional chrome work has successfully made the front-end look much more cohesive. For the first time, MINI designers have also incorporated aerodynamic design elements into the Clubman Concept such as the AirCurtains that optimize the closure of the wheel arches. At the back, the AirCurtains is supplemented by AirBreathers for optimal aerodynamics while at the back, it features a Formula One-style roof spoilers.
Inside, the MINI Clubman Concept features five full-fledged seats as well as a revised instrument cluster with touch operation. Plus, MINI promises that the all-new Clubman will have higher-end materials, especially on the dashboard and door panels.