Future Models - Mini 2016 Clubman
New York show: Mini to debut new All4 on Clubman
Four fun: Mini’s Clubman All4 has the latest generation of the company’s new all-wheel-drive system, but it is not slated for Australian release.
BMW Australia says no to new Clubman All4 as it reins in the Mini expansion
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20 January 2016
MINI will debut the latest version of its grippy all-wheel-drive system on the
new Clubman All4 at the New York motor show in March, endowing the Brit brand’s
biggest model with a drivetrain that can switch automatically between all-wheel
traction when needed and two-wheel-drive efficiency at other times.
However, the all-paw Clubman is not on the agenda for Australia where BMW Group
Australia says it is capping in the ever-expanding Mini range to manageable
Corporate communications manager Lenore Fletcher told GoAuto that the company
was satisfied it already had the model selection to satisfy Australia customers.
Here, the previous generation Mini Countryman All4 will remain the only variant
to offer AWD grip, albeit in an earlier and less versatile form, at least until
a new Countryman comes around.
The new-generation Clubman wagon range – launched in Australia late last year –
will remain at two versions, the standard Clubman Cooper at $34,900 (plus
on-road costs) and hotter Clubman Cooper S at $42,900.
The revised All4 system reportedly employs multi-plate clutch to decouple the
front axle from the rear in the interests of fuel savings in a so-called Green
mode that comes with the optional Mini driving modes system.
When wheel slip is detected or if the driving heat is on, the clutch kicks in
for all-wheel-drive traction that includes sophisticated torque vectoring to
direct power to outside wheels and brake inside wheels for superior handling in
For buyers who want more, they can tick the box for the optional sports
suspension or dynamic damper control.
Nineteen-inch alloy wheels are also available as an alternative to the standard
In Europe, the Clubman All4 will arrive with a choice of two engines – the
Cooper S’s 141kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and the Cooper SD’s 140kW
The petrol engine comes with a choice of six-speed manual gearbox or
eight-speed automatic, with claimed 0-100km/h sprint times of 7.0 and 6.9
The Cooper SD diesel – available only with the eight-speed auto – can cover the
100k/h sprint in 7.2 seconds. Of course, it is the thriftiest version,
recording 4.8 litres per 100km on the European combined test cycle.
So far, there is no word on a Clubman John Cooper Works performance flagship.
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