The new MINI Clubman will go on sale in
the UK on Saturday 10 November 2007. Based on a concept first shown at
Frankfurt Motor Show in 2005, the new car is a modern interpretation of
its famous Mini predecessors taking into account all the demands and
technologies of the 21st century.
Available from launch in three engine
variants: Cooper D, Cooper and Cooper S, the new model offers flexible
use of space, easier access through innovative door concepts, more space
for rear passengers and high levels of safety and customisation options,
all without compromising the MINI’s revered driving dynamics.
The new car takes inspiration and
styling cues from the Morris Mini Traveller, Austin Mini Countryman and
the Mini Clubman Estate, which enjoyed widespread success in the 1960s.
The new MINI Clubman is 24cm longer
than the Hatch, signifying 8cm more legroom for rear passengers and the
opportunity for MINI to enter the market with five seats. Boot capacity
has increased to 260 litres with the seats in place and up to 930 litres
with the rear seats down. Access to this extra space has been made
easier via the split rear doors and innovative Clubdoor on the
Modern high-performance engines,
designed specifically for the 2nd generation MINI, feature new
improvements to optimise fuel economy and emission management. Auto
Start-Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration and a Gearshift Point Indicator
are standard on all variants and help the MINI Cooper D Clubman to
achieve a low emissions figure of 109 g/km CO2.
The three modern, high-performance engines were developed specifically
for the 2nd generation MINI and guarantee sporting driving pleasure
combined with remarkable efficiency:
MINI Cooper S Clubman
Powered by a 1.6 litre four-cylinder petrol engine with direct injection
and a twin-scroll turbocharger complete with intercooler. Response time
when accelerating is virtually instantaneous due to separating the
channels of two cylinders each into exhaust manifold and turbocharger.
This reduces the exhaust back pressure and plays a major role in
ensuring that the charging effect of the turbocharger kicks in at just
1600rpm. Maximum output is 175hp at an engine speed of 5,500 rpm.
Maximum torque: 240Nm at 1600-5000 rpm (260Nm with Overboost)
Top speed mph: 139
Acceleration 0-62mph: 7.6 seconds
Fuel consumption combined mpg: 44.8
CO2 emissions EU g/km: 150
MINI Cooper Clubman
The 1.6 litre four-cylinder, naturally-aspirated engine features fully
variable valve management based on BMW Group’s VALVETRONIC technology.
This improves the engine’s response and refinement, as well as the
all-round efficiency of the power unit. Maximum output is 120hp at 6000
Maximum torque: 160Nm at 4250 rpm
Top speed mph: 125
Acceleration 0-62mph: 9.8 seconds
Fuel consumption combined mpg: 51.4
CO2 emissions EU g/km: 132
MINI Cooper D Clubman
Four-cylinder turbo diesel with common-rail fuel injection and variable
turbine geometry ensures optimum smoothness, efficiency and response
even at low speeds. A diesel particulate filter almost eliminates diesel
exhaust emissions and helps to make the MINI diesel engine one of the
most environmentally friendly cars available. It develops maximum output
of 110hp at 4000 rpm.
Maximum torque: 240Nm at 1750-2000 rpm (260Nm with Overboost)
Top speed mph: 120
Acceleration 0-62mph: 10.4 seconds
Fuel consumption combined mpg: 68.9
CO2 emissions EU g/km: 109
As with all MINI Hatch models, the MINI
Clubman range will benefit from the improvements introduced in
production from August 2007 to bring further reductions in fuel
consumption and emissions. Technologies include Brake Energy
Regeneration, Auto Start-Stop function and a Gearshift Point Indicator.
Brake Energy Regeneration
This technology ensures that the output from the engine is converted
primarily into drive power, with electricity being generated for the
on-board network only when the engine is on overrun or during
application of the brakes. To achieve this effect, the alternator is
automatically disengaged from the engine while under power. Accordingly,
the power the alternator would consume in the conventional mode now
remains fully available for even faster and more dynamic acceleration.
An adequate supply of electrical energy
to the on-board system is nevertheless ensured at all times, since the
alternator is activated again as soon as the MINI returns to overrun or
the driver applies the brakes.
The new Auto Start-Stop function on all manual gearbox versions of the
MINI Clubman serves to effectively reduce fuel consumption and emissions
while the car is standing still. Whenever the car comes to a stop, Auto
Start-Stop automatically switches off the engine as soon as the driver
shifts to neutral and takes his foot off the clutch pedal. To re-start
the engine, the driver presses down on the clutch pedal again, and the
engine re-starts automatically and immediately.
Auto Start-Stop serves to optimise fuel
efficiency in city traffic. The consumption of energy and the generation
of exhaust emissions are reduced to zero in a very simple and
straightforward process every time the car comes to a stop.
Gearshift Point Indicator
The driver of a manual gearbox MINI Clubman is able to focus on the most
efficient style of motoring because the ideal ‘economy’ gear is shown by
a numeric symbol in the cockpit display beneath the rev counter. The
electronic engine ‘brain’ analyses engine speed, driving conditions and
the position of the accelerator pedal to calculate the most efficient
style of motoring and suggests the respective gear to the driver.