The MINI Hatchback’s practical Clubman sibling is due for a refresh, and we’ve got exclusive pictures
The next MINI due for renewal is the Clubman estate, and according to these fresh spy shots, a facelifted version of MINI’s barn-doored Volkswagen Golf rival is due to hit showrooms imminently.
Our spy photographers seem to have ambushed the updated car during a press shoot, indicating the immediacy of its arrival. As such, we expect the updated car to go on sale by the summer.
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The pictures indicate that the facelift heading the Clubman’s way will be a very subtle one, much like the minor redesign bestowed upon the MINI hatch last year. These spy shots showcase the updated car with no disguise at all, but all we can pick out on these Cooper S models are new wheels, new headlights, and taillights using an interpretation of the hatch’s oft-mentioned union flag lighting signature.
Elsewhere the new Clubman will receive a fresh set of badges, using the MINI brand’s latest motif, while the LED headlights will be the same single-ring running light and indicator setup used on the hatch. Matrix LED headlights will be available on the options list, as will a host of new customisation options such as wheels and paint colours.
Given the technical similarities of the Clubman and the Hatch, and the fact that a lot of the new tech featured on the facelifted Hatch trickled down from the Clubman, we expect very minor changes inside. A 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system will be a standard fit, but an optional eight-inch unit will appear too. As usual, the infotainment will be based heavily on BMW’s iDrive system. Elsewhere, wireless charging pads for smartphones capable of inductive charging will also be added, but new interior trims and schemes to choose from will ultimately be the most obvious and transformative additions.
Engines will remain unchanged with Cooper models powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo engine producing 134bhp, and Cooper S cars using a 189bhp 2.0-litre turbo, though automatic versions of Clubman should inherit a new seven-speed automatic dual-clutch gearbox. Diesel has been removed from the hatchback variant, but the Clubman could continue with a single diesel option.
Though this latest change to the MINI line-up looks minor, the brand is gearing up for a big release early in 2020. An all-electric version of the MINI Hatch is on the way, and we’ve been for an early drive.
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