Following its global debut in June last year, the big brother from Mini's stable will arrive at Indian shores later this month. The Clubman will be officially launched on December 15, and will join the Cooper range and the Countryman on Mini showroom floors.
Ironically, the Clubman's ace is its size! Among the largest Minis to be ever produced, it measures 4.2 metres in length, with a 2.7 metre long wheelbase. Mini draws comparison of the size themselves, claiming it is 73mm wider than a regular Mini 5-door, and also 270mm longer.
There's no mistaking the Clubman for anything but a Mini, though. The usual elements such as the circular projector headlamps, the clamshell bonnet and a gaping grille lend it the family look. What's unique about the Clubman is its split tailgate. It gets a pair of doors that can be opened individually, in a bid to aid practicality. The boot itself is quite generous at 360 litres, which can be extended to 1,250 litres by folding the rear seats flat.
Step inside, and, well... you're inside a typical Mini. The circular retro-meets-modern theme continues inside the Clubman as well. It is made amply evident by the chunky steering, the analogue gauges, the flip switches, and the large circular central stack that houses either a 6.5-inch or an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, depending on what you tick on the options list.
Engine options for the Indian variant are likely to be the 2.0-litre diesel and the 2.0-litre petrol. The diesel motor is good for 150PS and 350Nm, whereas the petrol is a snarly 192PS/280Nm four-pot. Both engines come paired with BMW's tried and tested 8-speed automatic gearbox.
As far as price is concerned, expect the Clubman to be positioned above the Cooper, with a sticker price around the Rs 40 lakh mark.