MINI Clubman Concept Slated For Geneva

MINI will present its MINI Clubman Concept at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show.

The company said this concept is showcasing a new brand philosophy for a higher class of automobile. The concept is 10.25 inches (26 centimeters) longer and just under 6.7 inches (17 centimeters) wider than the current MINI Clubman and is based on the newly released Mini.

MINI added the extensive color and material concept redefines high-end quality in this segment.

“The MINI Clubman Concept shows how the MINI Clubman could be taken a step further: more interior space, a greater sense of high-end quality and yet still clever, bold and distinctive. In short: more car, more MINI,” said Adrian van Hooydonk, Head of BMW Group Design, explaining the approach to this model.

The most striking rear elements are the characteristic split doors, said MINI. The typical continuous door frame is no longer made of sheet metal. The door graphic itself provides the frame surrounding the entire rear section like a discreet bracket. This newly elaborated design gives the whole rear a reduced, modern appearance. The horizontally positioned rear lights have a highly detailed finish. Their shape underscores the car’s broad standing and the dynamic orientation of the rear section. Selected chrome accents such as the “Clubman” inscription, the MINI emblem on the left-hand door and the door handles are specific details, added the company.

Mini_Clubman_Rear-668

Contrary to the current Clubman, the second pair of door seem to open conventionally rather than suicide-type like it does on the current model.

Mini did not yet mention if this Clubman concept will be powered by the current engine offering or if it will put forward a future powertrain.