MINI Clubman Concept







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: March 5, 2014
Categories: MINI, MINI Car Shows, MINI Concept Cars

MINI Clubman Concept – a new class in terms of space, function and supreme elegance. World premiere at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

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Munich/Geneva. At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show MINI  presents the MINI Clubman Concept, showcasing a new brand philosophy  for a higher class of automobile. 26 centimeters longer and just under  17 centimeters wider than the current MINI Clubman, the Concept comes  over as sophisticated, cool and elegant. The iconic design is  supplemented by high-quality details, plenty of space for functional  features and selected materials. Refinement of the hallmark MINI  styling ensures instant recognition, both on the exterior and the  interior. The extensive colour and material concept redefines  contemporary elegance and high-end quality in this segment.

  • Four doors and five seats offer plenty of utility space, thereby    supporting an active lifestyle.
  • Classic MINI design features such as the hexagonal radiator    grille, Side Scuttles, the Black Band, short overhangs and    elliptical front and rear headlights ensure high recognition value    from every angle.
  • Length: 4223 mm, width: 1844 mm (not incl. mirror), height: 1450    mm.
  • Integrated aerodynamics as an essential part of the exterior    design.
  • The interior design interprets typical MINI shapes and colours,    presenting an effortless and elegant combination of high-end quality    and functionality.
  • An elaborate colour and material concept in the interior with    exclusive materials and unexpected details.
  • The Center Instrument with newly conceived user interface creates    an event-controlled interaction space with touch operation.

A new class for the future of MINI.

"The MINI Clubman Concept shows how the MINI Clubman could be  taken a step further: more interior space, a greater sense of high-end  quality and yet still clever, bold and distinctive. In short: more  car, more MINI," says Adrian van Hooydonk, Head of BMW Group  Design, explaining the approach to this model. For over 50 years now,  MINI has stood for maximum use of minimum space. 26 centimetres longer  and just under 17 centimetres wider than the current MINI Clubman, the  MINI Clubman Concept applies this aspiration to a new class of  automobile. As Head of MINI Design Anders Warming explains: "With  the MINI Clubman Concept we are presenting a car with space, flair and  style in a segment where the focus is mainly on function and utility.  With clever ideas, emotional design and a cool blend of colours and  materials, it offers an overall experience which remains unique in  this segment to date."

Supreme, dynamic, elegant – the exterior design.

Even with larger exterior dimensions, the MINI Clubman Concept is  instantly recognisable as a typical MINI. With the characteristic  agility of the MINI proportions, the prolonged roof line clearly  reflects the car's extensive utility space. It also gives the  silhouette a distinctive elegance, underscored by generous surfaces.  The powerful, warm Berry Red colour shows surfaces and shapes to  optimum effect. The roof in the colour "Blade" - a metallic  grey - creates an elegant contrast with the warm red of the corpus.

Classic MINI design icons such as the hexagonal radiator grille, Side  Scuttles, Black Band and the typical lights are designed in precise,  high-end style. The modern, reduced interpretation of these features  gives the MINI Clubman Concept a more sophisticated, charismatic look.  The themes of aerodynamics and air ducting are clearly highlighted in  the exterior design. All openings and outlets are integrated in the  geometry and elegantly shaped. Clearly defined wheel arches and the  roof spoiler accentuate the car's dynamic appearance, underscoring the  overall impression of sporty flair.

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Typical MINI in every detail - the front section.

Seen from the front, the circular headlamps, hexagonal radiator  grille and roof with add-on look clearly identify the MINI Clubman  Concept as belonging to the MINI family. The radiator grille is  strikingly elaborated and incorporates the bumper in the front  section. The bumper is finished in Black Chrome, adding a touch of  exclusive style to this functional element. Elaborate details such as  the three-dimensional structure of the chrome ribs inside the front  grille further enhance the front section. The high quality standards  of the MINI Clubman Concept even extend to the surface modelling. Fine  edges add precision and presence to the generous surfaces.

In the lower area of the front-end design there is a continuous air  inlet which highlights the breadth of the MINI Clubman Concept,  thereby emphasising its solid standing on the road. Meanwhile a finely  wrought chrome rib appears to hover inside the air inlet, giving this  sporty detail a touch of exclusive appeal. In the outer section of the  front apron there are so-called AirCurtains - an aerodynamic feature  that gives the wheel arches an aerodynamically optimised closure.  These dynamically surround the lower part of the front section like  two brackets.

Plenty of space for characteristic dynamism - the side.

Reduced to the essentials, the side view instantly conveys the  qualities of the MINI Clubman Concept: a long wheelbase, flatly  positioned windows and short overhangs reflect characteristic MINI  agility. At the same time, the long roof line and the typical two-box  design clearly emphasise the car's high level of functionality and its  generous utility space. Meanwhile the four doors reflect the extended  exterior dimensions and increased functionality. Generous surface  expanses elongate the side, while at the same time subtle surface  modelling and precise lines make the silhouette appear flat and  dynamic. Three chrome elements give the side section a sense of  exclusivity with modern understatement. At the front, the Side Scuttle  incorporates the filigree mirror base and turn indicator in an  elongated element whose shape is echoed by the two electrical door  openers. Integrated flush with the surface, these draw a line back to  the rear which is taken up by the rear door handles. Above this, the  surrounding shoulder line in chrome offsets the corpus of the car from  the greenhouse and roof in hallmark MINI style. This so-called  Waistline Finisher embraces the entire passenger cell, reinforcing the  exterior graphics so typical of the brand. The 19" light alloy  rims in bicolour Black Chrome and Chrome finish are the highlight of  the side view. A clear cup formation gives the elaborate multi-spoke  design a highly dynamic touch. In between, glossy accents are added by  non-cupped polished surfaces.

Aerodynamic   details for optimum air ducting.

The MINI Clubman Concept is the first MINI to be fitted with a  so-called AirBreather at the side. The AirBreather echoes the design  theme of the AirCurtains in the front apron, cutting dynamically into  the surrounding Black Band. The elaborate double roof spoiler at the  rear is shown to best advantage from the top view. The third brake  light is integrated in between the two wings of the roof spoilers in  Formula 1 style. There are also two longitudinal sections of  plexiglass which run across the entire length of the roof like rally  stripes. In conjunction with the roof spoiler, this means that the  distinctive dynamic air typical of MINI is applied to the MINI Clubman  Concept from a bird's-eye perspective, too.

Typical MINI Clubman: split doors for increased loading    convenience - the rear.

The MINI Clubman Concept is broad and athletic in the rear view. The  familiar MINI cascading - a staggering of multiple layers - gives the  automobile a very solid standing and a muscular wheel orientation when  seen from the rear. The most striking rear elements are the  characteristic split doors. The typical continuous door frame is no  longer made of sheet metal. The door graphic itself provides the frame  surrounding the entire rear section like a discreet bracket. This  newly elaborated design gives the whole rear a reduced, modern  appearance. The horizontally positioned rear lights have a highly  detailed finish. Their shape underscores the car's broad standing and  the dynamic orientation of the rear section. Selected chrome accents  such as the "Clubman" inscription, the MINI emblem on the  left-hand door and the door handles are specific details which  emphasise the high-quality aspiration of the MINI Clubman Concept.

As in the front section, the aerodynamically optimised bumper  finishes off the rear to the road.

Exclusivity and function interpreted in contemporary style -    the interior design.

Along with the exterior, the interior of the MINI Clubman Concept has  also grown to larger dimensions. With four doors and five  fully-fledged seats, the MINI Clubman Concept offers plenty of space  for the pursuit of an active lifestyle.

The new dimensions are brought to life by means of generous surfaces  and more sophisticated spatial effect. The underlying design theme in  the interior is the characteristic ellipse. Precise and contoured in  its shaping, it comes over as more sophisticated while clearly  displaying its origins. Around the ellipses, the interaction between  several levels and surfaces adds lightness and a three-dimensional  feel to the interior.

The unusual materials are especially worthy of mention: nubuck  leather in a light Sky Blue, patent leather in rich Berry Red and  black soft nappa leather ensure an exclusive interior atmosphere which  is highly expressive. In between, elements in patinised silver add  high-end accentuations. The patina gives them the character of  familiar, fondly used items. Decorative strips in blue limed ash grain  convey cool, modern elegance. The two highly expressive fabrics Tweed  Grey and Black Twill set an attractive counterpoint to the classic  value attributes of wood, leather, silver, thereby creating the  familiar MINI interior experience. Small details such as the buttons  with Union Jack embossment on the seats and central console, contrast  stitching, piping or red accentuation surfaces in the sunblinds which  only appear when these are folded down all add a touch of surprise to  the mature character of the MINI Clubman Concept.

High-end sophistication and presence - the instrument panel.

The interior element of the MINI Clubman Concept with the most  powerful presence is the leather-covered instrument panel. With a  surround in blue limed ash grain and a white porcelain finish, the  black upper section of the instrument panel has a hovering appearance.  Indirect rear lighting of the gap reinforces this impression and gives  the area in front of the driver and front passenger an extremely  high-end ambience. The linear air vents have patinised, silver-plated  surrounds. Between the air vents there is an area in Black Chrome  which can be back-lit if required that provides additional information  for the driver and front passenger. The suggested "Faded  Diamonds" rhombus pattern gives the Black Chrome surface a  particularly high-quality structure. The lower section of the  instrument panel is finished in Berry Red patent leather, providing an  extrovert yet sophisticated contrast to the more discreet design of  the upper half.

Multi-layered and light - the door design.

The newly interpreted ellipse in the side runs dynamically across the  two doors to create a visual link between front and rear. The armrests  in blue nubuck leather appear to hover in the doors, while behind them  there are practical storage compartments. The decorative surfaces in  the doors have indirect backlighting to underscore the inviting,  contemporary ambience. The side mirrors and roof liner recede  discreetly into the background due to use of high-quality fabric Tweed  Grey in salt-and-pepper look, while the quality weave of the fabric  Black Twill with classic black-and-white contrast on the floor and  mats makes for an elegant finish.

The concept of spatial function in the rear is rounded off with  clever storage facilities in the split doors as well as a double load  floor. The pouches in the doors are elaborately fitted with nubuck  leather in Silk White. They are placed within convenient reach and  help make optimum use of space in the luggage compartment. The double  load floor provides additional storage capacity.

Intelligent controls.

The display area in the centre console (160mm x 150mm) adapts  according to the content selected or the situation on the road. Three  "intelligent" toggles are assigned the relevant content  according to selected content or driving functions. Above and beyond  this, the three toggles can also be freely programmed and assigned  particular functions according preference. The haptic quality of the  toggles means that the various functions can be operated during travel  without looking. Here the MINI Clubman Concept has taken classic  operating elements that have been a part of MINI for 55 years and  consistently advanced them.