Published on April 22nd, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
MINI Malaysia Introduces The New MINI Clubman From RM203,888.00
The all New MINI Clubman has just arrived in Malaysian showrooms priced from RM203,888.00 for the starter model and RM253,888.00 for the quick and agile Cooper S. Still offering a unique combination of driving fun, premium charisma, functionality as well as MINI style individuality, the New MINI Clubman has grown in all areas.
Following the success of the re-energised MINI 3-door Hatch and the successful launch of the MINI 5-door Hatch, the new model offers customers a premium vehicle featuring the highest level of ride refinement ever seen in a MINI.
The car’s much-loved signature design feature its split rear doors are retained, while accessibility and everyday usability are further enhanced thanks to four full-sized side doors. The resulting car is a powerful fusion of sleek lines, innovative touches and first-rate materials with generous space for five occupants, excellent luggage capacity and classic MINI driving characteristics.
With a more mature and sophisticated design, the new MINI Clubman’s dimensions are larger than those of the previous generation MINI Clubman. It’s also 270 mm longer and 73 mm wider than the MINI 5-door Hatch, with a wheelbase which is 100 mm larger. The boot has a volume of 360 litres, which can be extended to 1,250 litres by folding the rear seats flat.
Design: a great first impression.
The matured character of the New MINI Clubman is reflected in the dimensions that are significantly larger than the predecessor model. Its distinctive body concept is a result of a powerful fusion of sleek lines and a sweeping silhouette.
Another prominent feature of the New MINI Clubman is the projection of the MINI logo onto the ground from a light source housed in the exterior mirror on the driver’s side. This warm welcome which appears everytime the driver unlocks or locks the car will last for 20 seconds each time.
The New MINI Clubman offers LED headlights and LED fog lights. In terms of wheel options, the MINI Cooper variant offers 17” Net Spoke Silver light alloy wheels while the MINI Cooper S variant offers 18” Star Spoke Black light alloy wheels. Both variants are equipped with run-flat tyres.
Powerful Engines with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology.
The New MINI Clubman delivers fascinating pulling power and exemplary efficiency, both guaranteed by the 3-cylinder and 4-cylinder engines with MINI TwinPower Turbo technology under the bonnets.
The New MINI Cooper Clubman houses a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder inline engine which ensures sporting performance figures: a peak output of 136 hp and a maximum torque of 220 Nm. The acceleration from zero to 100 km/h needs only 9.1 seconds with a top speed of 205 km/h. Regardless, the average fuel consumption of the New MINI Cooper Clubman is 5.4 litres per 100 kilometres.
The New MINI Cooper S Clubman carries the spirited power delivery one step further. With a 2-litre 4-cylinder engine, it mobilises a peak output of 192 hp and a maximum torque of 280 Nm. The New MINI Cooper S Clubman sprints in 7.1 seconds from standstill to 100 km/h, reaching a top speed of 228 km/h. These figures are combined with an average fuel consumption of 5.9 litres per 100 kilometres.
The 4-cylinder engine in the MINI Cooper S Clubman is coupled with an 8-speed Steptronic Transmission, also another MINI premiere, that ensures an even more favourable basis for efficient, comfortable and sporty driving. This is made possible with a broader gear spread and smaller engine speed steps. The shorter shift times can also be operated by means of paddle shifters at the steering wheel. With that, driving performance is maximised by merging the convenience of automatic driving with the thrill of manual shifting.
A New Dimension of Go-Kart Feeling: MINI Driving Modes and MINI Suspension Technology.
The MINI Driving Modes, meanwhile, are activated by means of a rotary switch at the base of the gear or selector lever. In addition to the standard MID mode there is a choice of SPORT and GREEN mode. In SPORT mode, the accelerator pedal characteristic curve and steering are switched to a sporty set-up, as are the shift times in cars fitted with Steptronic transmission. In GREEN mode, a more relaxed and also more fuel-efficient driving style is supported by intelligent control of energy and climate management as well as by means of systems such as shift point display.
With the 8-Speed Steptronic transmission, it is also possible to use the coasting function. The drivetrain is decoupled at speeds of between 50 and 160 km/h as soon as the driver’s foot is removed from the accelerator pedal. The new MINI Clubman then rolls at idling engine speed with a minimum rate of fuel consumption.
Courtesy of the combination of a single joint strut axle at the front with a multilink rear axle and a model-specific interpretation of this structure, the new MINI Clubman has suspension technology that is very sophisticated for the premium compact segment. In conjunction with the power transmission to the front wheels and the low centre of gravity, this construction principle provides the perfect basis for the agile handling known as the go-kart feeling. Electromechanical power steering including speed-related steering assistance as standard also contributes to the car’s precise driving properties. The dampers are also decoupled at the front and rear axle by means of triple-path support bearings.
In addition to the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and the Brake Assistant, the standard driving stability control system Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) also includes a drive-off assistant, a brake dry function, Fading Brake Support and DTC mode (Dynamic Traction Control), which permits controlled slip so as to facilitate driving on wet and slippery surfaces.
When the driving stability system is deactivated (DSC Off mode), there is an electronic locking function for the front axle differential known as the Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) which selectively and appropriately brakes a spinning drive wheel on tight corners, redirecting the drive torque to the other wheel. As a standard feature in the MINI Cooper S Clubman, Performance Control supports agile steering for dynamic cornering prior to reaching the threshold level.
Interior: Space Reinvented.
The salient features of the New MINI Clubman as it advances into the premium compact segment are the five fully-fledged seats, convenient access, plenty of freedom to move for all occupants, and a versatile luggage compartment. Its matured character is also reflected in high-quality materials and finish quality as well as new features in the areas of space, controls and connectivity.
Taking on a more sophisticated and high-quality form in the New MINI Clubman is the exceptionally wide instrument panel with cockpit facia frame. This design feature is also harmoniously integrated on the door trim panels and centre console. Below the air outlets is also a horizontal decorative strip which lends additional emphasis to the width of the interior.
The interior of the New MINI Clubman also continues to offer features that appear in a MINI for the first time for increased driving fun, comfort and safety. These include the electric parking brake in place of a bulky handbrake lever, where the driver need simply press a button to activate the new function. This leaves more room for comfort and a plush armrest. The New MINI Clubman is also equipped with a 2-zone automatic air conditioning and an interior rear view mirror with automatic anti-dazzle function.
In addition to that, the New MINI Cooper S Clubman is also fitted with the electric seat adjustment feature with memory function which allows the driver to keep record of his or her preferred seating position. The seat also includes lumbar support for maximum comfort. Another new feature that is unique to the New MINI Clubman is the Comfort Access with easy opener function. This features a foot-activated sensor to open the split rear doors without having to press any button, thus providing absolute convenience when one’s hands are full.
Further to that, the interior offering of the MINI Cooper variant includes Cloth Firework Carbon Black upholstery with Hazy Grey interior surfacing and a Chrome Line interior as well as a sports leather steering wheel. The MINI Cooper S variant meanwhile offers Piano Black interior surfacing with Leather Cross Punch in Pure Burgundy upholstery, as well as John Cooper Works leather steering wheel with paddle shifters.
In terms of space, the New MINI Clubman is equipped with many storage facilities to reflect its functional character and long-distance suitability. This includes a large glove compartment, storage compartments in the split doors and door pockets which can hold one-litre drink bottles. When all five seats are in used, the luggage compartment has a volume of 360 litres. A 40:20:40 rear seat split is also available to allow the load volume to be increased up to 1,250 litres.
The areas of infotainment, communication and driving experience meanwhile, is further enhanced with MINI Connected which offers an extensive integration of smartphones in the car.
With Spotify for example, the driver and passengers can be entertained with over 20 million songs. All the driving action can be captured by controlling the GoPro cameras directly from the car’s cockpit. These apps among others, can be downloaded from the App Store to view on the MINI display and accessed easily via the car’s controls.
The New MINI Clubman also introduces two new paint finishes including Melting Silver and Pure Burgundy. Other colour schemes include Pepper White, Midnight Black, Moonwalk Grey, Deep Blue, British Racing Green, and Thunder Grey which is only available for the MINI Cooper S Clubman.
The New MINI Clubman comes with the MINI 4 Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty with Free Scheduled Service as well. Free scheduled service is provided in accordance with the Condition Based Service system.
Estimated retail prices (on the road for personal registration, without insurance) of the New MINI Clubman are:
MINI Cooper Clubman – RM 203,888.00
MINI Cooper S Clubman – RM 253,888.00
Please visit www.MINI.my for more information on the New MINI Clubman.