Shooting brakes or station wagons are versatile cars, enjoyed by a large variety of both the general public and car enthusiasts. The reason for this is shooting brakes provide a huge amount of practicality as well as fun in a delicious estate package. A few examples of tasty shooting brakes include the CLS AMG shooting brake and of course, the Audi RS6 Avant sold in India. The Clubman, in this case is MINI’s take on the shooting brake culture, and the brand new 2016 model has been officially showcased at the 66th Frankfurt Motor Show.
Looking at the new MINI Clubman, it is certainly not the prettiest car in the world. In fact, it reminds you of BMC’s Austin Maxi back from the 1970s. MINIs are supposed to be petite and elegant little cars and the Clubman doesn’t exactly fit that bill. The 2016 Clubman is much larger than its standard sibling with double the number of doors – 6 to be precise. New features include the LED ambient lighting inside the cabin and split doors at the rear for easy access.
Under the hood, the 2016 MINI Clubman features an in-line 4-cylinder petrol engine producing a healthy 192 HP found on the Clubman S, while the standard Clubman compromises with a smaller 3-cylinder petrol motor with a slightly shy 136 HP. An all-new 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission is being offered on the 6-door, which is mated to three different motors depending on your choice. The newest member to the MINI engine lineup is a 4-cylinder diesel unit that would be powering the Cooper D Clubman and produces 150 HP of power. MINI is also offering a special 4-wheel drive system as an optional extra.
The new MINI Clubman faces stiff competition from its German rivals including Audi and Volkswagen and with the launch of the 2016 model, the folks at MINI have seriously stepped up their game. What worries most though is that over the years MINI is losing its quintessential British charm with cars like the Countryman. So, can the new range of MINIs along with the Clubman just make that difference? The response at the Frankfurt Motor show will tell.