2016 Mini Clubman Bound for Showrooms in January | Edmunds

2016 Mini Clubman Bound for Showrooms in January

BERLIN — The redesigned 2016 Mini Clubman wagon, a six-door model that is longer and wider than any other Mini ever with more premium features, is expected to arrive at Mini dealerships in January.

Pricing is expected to be announced this fall.

The five-passenger Clubman moves into a new size class and takes on the Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf. It now features four conventional doors to replace the previous half-size rear doors. But it retains the twin side-hinged doors that were a distinctive feature of the previous Clubman.

It is now the brand's new flagship model. Mini not only rolled out the new Clubman in Germany on Wednesday, it also detailed a new product strategy that puts the focus on five models.

They include the Mini Cooper hatchback and Mini Cooper Countryman crossover. The Mini Cooper Paceman, coupe and roadster are being dropped from the lineup. The full lineup was not announced.

"We are expanding our offering into the premium compact class, which will attract new customers and avid Mini fans," said Peter Schwarzenbauer, member of the board of management of Mini parent BMW AG, in a statement.

Insiders told Edmunds that the next Mini Countryman, to be unveiled in the fall of 2017, will get bigger and become a full-fledged crossover.

The 2016 Clubman has a length of 168.3 inches, a width of 70.9 inches and a height of 56.7 inches.

Mini USA said buyers will get a choice of two engines at the Clubman's launch. A 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine is standard. It delivers 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The Clubman Cooper S comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque.

Transmissions include a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic or an eight-speed automatic transmission. This marks the first time that an eight-speed automatic has been offered in a Mini. The EPA has not posted official fuel economy numbers on the 2016 Clubman.

The interior is noticeably more upmarket, but it is still familiar with circular design elements.

The Clubman's suspension has newly developed components designed to give a "go-kart" handling experience.

Driver-assistance features include an optional head-up display, park distance control and a Driving Assistant option with camera-based cruise control and road sign detection.

Edmunds says: The new Clubman is far more mainstream and practical than the outgoing model and should attract car shoppers looking for fresh offerings in the premium compact segment.

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