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2009 MINI and MINI Clubman
At the NAIAS motor show in Detroit

 MINI Clubman: a new interpretation of the shooting brake.


16 January 2009.

MINI attributes to each of its family members its own character. Starting from the identity rock on which the whole family is based: the MINI hatch (current generation launched about two years ago) and the Mini Clubman (launched last year), other variants such as the MINI John Cooper Works and the MINI John Cooper Works Clubman, bring the sportiest expression of the "gang", while the new MINI Convertible comes now in its new interpretation of the iconic concept.

MINI One, current generation launched only about 2 years ago.

The four-cylinder normal-aspiration power unit (joint development between BMW and the French group PSA, Peugeot - CitroŽn) of the MINI Cooper develops maximum output of 88 kW/120 hp from engine displacement of 1.6 litres, with peak torque of 160 Nm (118 lb-ft) at 4,250 rpm. Control and operation of the intake valves based on the BMW Groupís Valvetronic technology is fully variable.

The MINI Cooper accelerates to 100 km/h in 9.1 seconds and reaches a top speed of 203 km/h or 126 mph. With its average fuel consumption of 5.4 litres/100 kilometres (43.4 mpg US, 52.09 imp mpg) in the EU test cycle and a CO2 emission rating of 129 grams per kilometre.

MINI One: the rock on which a whole conceptual family is built.

Up to the next step in sports terms, the MINI Cooper S is powered by the 1.6-litre four-cylinder featuring a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct fuel injection, with 128 kW/175 hp maximum output and peak torque of 240 Newton-metres or 177 lb-ft between 1,600 and 5,000 rpm further increased by overboost to an even more significant 260 Nm or 192 lb-ft.

With top speed of 225 km/h or 140 mph and acceleration to 100 km/h in just 7.1 seconds, the MINI Cooper S makes do with just 6.2 litres/100 kilometres, equal to 37.8 mpg US (45.37 imp. mpg) in the combined EU cycle, with a CO2 emission rating of 149 grams per kilometre.

Some markets offer other 4-cylinder engines, a 1560cc diesel (110 hp), a petrol 1397cc (95 hp) in the MINI One.

The MINI Clubman is 24vm longer than the MINI Hatch with 8 centimetres more wheelbase serving to add extra rear legroom.

MINI Clubman - The MINI Clubman version offers a new interpretation of traditional shooting brake concepts and, through its sleek roofline, the innovative door concept and its almost vertical rear end.

Compared directly with the MINI Hatch, the MINI Clubman is 24 centimetres or 9.45" longer and comes with 8 centimetres or 3.15" more wheelbase serving exclusively to add extra legroom at the rear.

The MINI Clubman is identical to the respective model variant of the MINI Hatch up to the B-pillar, while in its sideline, at the rear, on the seats and in the luggage compartment it is a new car in its design and features. The driverís and passengerís doors are supplemented by an additional opening on the right-hand side and the two wings of the Splitdoor at the rear.

Navigation system within the main instrument.

Modern content in classical shapes.

Featuring this additional door on the right, the Clubdoor opening opposite to the direction of travel, the MINI Clubman offers the passengers comfortable access to the rear seats. The two-piece rear door or Splitdoor, in turn, is a detail of the carís classical predecessors Ė the Morris Mini Traveller and the Austin Mini Countryman Ė carried over from the 1960s.

The luggage space in the MINI Clubman (capacity 260Ė930 litres/9.1Ė32.6 cu ft) can be extended flexibly and is accessible for convenient loading through the Splitdoor.

Both the MINI Cooper S Clubman and the MINI Cooper Clubman get the same drive technology as in the MINI Cooper S and MINI Cooper. As a result, performance, fuel consumption and emission data on both versions of the MINI Clubman deviate only slightly from the figures offered by the MINI Hatch.

The MINI Cooper S Clubman (128 kW/175 hp) with its turbocharged engine accelerates to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds. Top speed is 224 km/h or 139 mph. Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 6.3 litres/100 kilometres (37.2 US mpg, 44.65 imperial mpg). The CO2 rating of the MINI Cooper S Clubman is 150 grams per kilometre.

In the MINI Cooper Clubman, (88 kW/120 hp) the four-cylinder normal-aspiration engine accelerates to 100 km/h in 9.8 seconds with a top speed of 201 km/h or 125 mph. Average fuel consumption is 5.5 litres/100 km (42.6 US mpg, 51.13 imp. mpg), in the EU cycle and a CO2 rating of 132 grams per kilometre.

All model variants of the MINI and the MINI Clubman get Brake Energy Regeneration and EPS Electric Power Steering as well as Auto Start/Stop and a gearshift point indicator on manual gearbox models.

Passive Safety - The MINI Cooper earned the top score of five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test. The robust body structure with clearly defined load paths and deformation zones, together with the installation of six airbags, three-point seat belts on all seats and ISOFIX child seat fastenings in the rear as well as central safety electronics for on-demand operation of the carís restraint systems.

MINI Clubman: innovative door concept.

Options and customisations for the MINI range -  MINI models come with a standard 6-speed manual gearbox, and can be ordered with 6-speed automatic transmission. The automatic one allows also individual gear shifting like the manual mode.

One of the attractive arguments of the MINI is the wide customisation potential. In almost every respect, with a wide range of paintwork options, interior colours, seat upholstery and trim variants.

Accessories offer classic motorsport technology in John Cooper Works components, comfort-oriented features such as an iPod interface, a roof rack made of extra-strong, epoxy-plated aluminium profiles, as well as additional headlights, practical features for everyday motoring, and unusual elements such as an extravagant roof finish.

Besides the different advanced audio and navigation systems, cruise control with a digital speed display in the cockpit enhance motoring comfort in the MINI and MINI Clubman.

A further option is the USB port including a Bluetooth function to integrate external audio sources. USB-compatible media and MP3 players such as the Apple iPod can therefore be connected to the MINIís entertainment system via the USB port. Access to the music available is convenient via the usual controls on the audio system offering various selection criteria such as the artist or the album required. The driver and his passengers can also connect their mobile phones to the car via the Bluetooth interface.

Standard 6-speed manual gearbox, or automatic 6-speed.

Both the MINI and the MINI Clubman are available with full integration of an Apple iPhone in the carís control system, allowing use of the telephone and audio functions of these Smartphones with a common platform provided for both functions: appropriately modified software for listening to a music programme via the loudspeakers automatically stops the music in the event of a telephone call and then continues the playback function at the same point once the call is over.

To make a telephone call the driver uses the loudspeakers and the microphone on the hands-free unit automatically switching back to the music mode once the call is over.

The activated Smartphone functions are presented in the MINI and the MINI Clubman either in the radio display or Ė if fitted Ė in the display of the navigation system. Should the car be fitted with a navigation system, the driver can use the MINI joystick on the centre console to control the telephone and audio functions of the Apple iPhone.

The prerequisite for full integration of the telephone functions is a mobile phone preparation kit complete with a Bluetooth interface available as special equipment for the MINI.

Music files and the signals to operate the audio functions are conveyed from the Apple iPhone to the audio system in the car through a cable adaptor available from MINI for the USB audio interface, provided as special equipment. This connection also serves to charge the Apple iPhone while driving.

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