Calling it an “interpretation of the shooting brake,” the British automaker has launched its new third generation Mini Cooper, the Mini Clubman. Launched in 2007, the model comprised of an elongated tail, with its two-door concept with an additional half-door and its altogether sporty demeanor, which met the very definition of the traditional European vehicle type. The new model is set to reach U.S dealers in January 2016 which would feature four conventional doors, a vertical split, dual rear doors return which can be opened with a foot-activated motion sensor. The new model would has a standard transmission with six-speed manual gear box but buyers can otp for an automatic with a six speeder in the cooper and an eight-speed gear box in the Cooper S.
This is the first time that an eight-speed transmission is offered in the Mini, which allows the Cooper Clubman S to reach 60 mph from 0 in about 7.0 seconds and a max out around 140 mph. The Cooper Clubman accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in around 8.9 seconds and has a top speed of 127 mph. The lenght of the vehicle measures in at 168.3 inches and inside there is seating for five adults. Compared to the previous models, the Cooper Clubman has an extra 10.9 inches in lenght (wheelbase is up by 4.0 inches) and 2.9 inches in width. This in turn allows the Cooper Clubman extra space for passengers as well as storage. The luggage compartment has a volume of 17.5 cubic feet, which can extend to about 47.9 cubic feet by folding down the rear seats.
Moreover, the new Mini Clubman has the same options offered in the Hartop and Hardtop 4 Base Cooper variants with a turbocharged 1.5 liter three cylinder engine delivering 134 horsepower and 162 poud-feet of torque (169 Ib-ft with overboost function), while the Cooper Clubman S variant gets a turbocharged 2.0 liter four cylinder with 189 horsepower and 206 Ib-ft (221 Ib-ft with overboost). Pricing of the new model will be announced following the car’s auto show debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.