Sales of the final batch of current cars, numbering less than a hundred copies, will begin in the United States in October of this year. Later, the model will leave other markets.
The British Mini brand is owned by the Bavarian company BMW. The manufacturer first showed the Clubman station wagon back in 2007: the model was one of the modifications of the Mini Cooper. The current second generation Clubman debuted in 2015; it now has an all-wheel drive version with the addition of All4. Since then, rumors about a new generation of the five-door have appeared in the media several times, but the company had other plans for this car.
In the photo: the current Mini Cooper SD Clubman
Several years ago, there were rumors that the third generation Mini Clubman would move into the crossover segment. However, this month the brand introduced new generations of the Cooper three-door hatchback and the Countryman SUV, while the Clubman was left behind.
The fact that the station wagon will not make it to the generation change and will leave the line was noted by the head of the Mini brand, Stephanie Wurst, during a conversation with TopGear. According to her, this place, which will soon be vacated, could be filled by the new Countryman and the upcoming compact crossover Aceman.
In the photo: the interior of the current Mini Cooper S Clubman
According to the head of Mini, the reason for abandoning the Mini Clubman was the low demand for this station wagon. “If you look at sales figures around the world, it becomes clear that the Countryman is twice as successful as the Clubman,” explained Stephanie Wurst, without going into statistical detail.
Mini is now selling the Clubman in a “farewell” version, the Final Edition; in the States, the batch of such cars will include less than a hundred copies, and sales will begin next month. The starting price for the version in this market is $47,145. It is also known that American dealers will stop accepting orders for the regular version of the Clubman in February 2024.
Pictured: prototype of the future new crossover Mini Aceman 1/3 In the photo: a prototype of the future new crossover Mini Aceman 2/3 In the photo: a prototype of the future new crossover Mini Aceman 3/3
How As already noted, one of the models that will replace the Clubman will be the Mini Aceman. It is expected that this new product will go on sale closer to mid-2024. Let us remember that last summer a very carefully camouflaged prototype of this compact crossover was captured by spy photographers; we published a series of these pictures.
The new SUV debuted as a concept in July last year. The overall length of the show car is 4050 mm, width – 1990 mm, and height – 1590 mm (the Aceman wheelbase has not been revealed). It received a body kit around the perimeter of the body, “squared” arch covers, 20-inch wheels, frameless doors with recessed handles, matrix optics, and in place of the traditional radiator grille there is a plug with a luminous frame. The interior is trimmed with fabric (including the front panel). The company keeps technical details secret.