A pop culture phenomenon from the time it was launched, the Mini represents the values that defined the 1960 — it's cheeky, irreverent and absolutely fun. Under its current management under BMW, Mini has harnessed much of the Munich marque’s advancements in automotive technology. Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, Mini welcomes a new Clubman to its fold that features stunning new exterior and interior accentuations for an experience like no other.
Launched in KL yesterday, the new Mini Clubman arrives in the Cooper S variant, sporting a 2.0 litre MINI TwinPower Turbo engine that produces 192 hp and 280Nm of torque, enabling a century sprint in just 7.2 seconds. The car can also reach a top speed of 228km/h while consuming 6.2 litres of fuel per 100 km of travel and outputting 141 g/km of CO2. The engine is paired with a new Seven-Speed Dual Clutch Sports Automatic Transmission that provides fast gear changes, a high degree of shift comfort and optimised efficiency.
That’s the serious stuff, though. Here are four really fun things you should know about the new Clubman.
There’s a lot of love for the Union Jack
Paying homage to Mini’s quintessentially British heritage, the flag of Great Britain is expressed in a variety of ways in the new Mini Clubman — find the Union Jack motif on the headrests and the Harman Kardon speakers, while the asymmetry of the 18-inch alloy wheels in Yours British Spoke Two-tone design is from the flag too.
Colour me happy
A brand like Mini can afford to get creative with colour, and it definitely does with the new Clubman — pick from Indian Summer Red, New British Racing Green, Pepper White, Thunder Grey, Melting Silver and Starlight Blue. Under different lighting conditions, the six bold and bright colours take on slightly different tones. Other notable design details include a new radiator grille that now extends across the entire bumper and modified headlamps, while on the inside, WalkNappa leather on the steering wheel and the seats are a pretty sleek touch.
Six doors. SIX.
The laterally opening wings in the rear makes the Clubman the only model in the compact segment to feature six doors, along with outstanding versatility offered by the fully extendable luggage compartment that expands from 360 litres to 1,250 litres. Hands full of groceries? Nae bother — its sensor operated, just wave your foot at it. We’re serious!
The latest introduction to the Mini Clubman includes a high resolution 6.5-inch a touch screen display that provides easy access to a wealth of navigational information within reach. BMW’s Connected service makes its debut in this car with Mini Connected — 4G SIM technology offering maximised safety with the Intelligent Emergency Call and Mini TeleService.
The Mini Connected app furnishes owners with an exceptionally wide range of digital services such as Concierge Service, Apple Carplay and Mini Online that allow mobility planning to be integrated seamlessly in day-to-day digital routines. The app also enables sending navigational information from smartphone to vehicle and receiving departure information as well as the Mini Remote Services – which displays vehicle location, fuel level and other vehicle status details on their mobile devices. The function also allows quick activation of the headlight flash, horn, ventilation and door lock/unlock function.
The new Mini Clubman is equipped with four years unlimited mileage warranty with free scheduled service. The retail price (on the road for personal registration, without insurance) is RM298,888. More information is available here.