Global luxury car manufacturers are making a beeline for a share of the ever growing luxury car pie in the Indian market and Mini is not to be left behind. Mini already has the Cooper, the Convertible and the Countryman on sale in India. Mini got the new generation convertible to India close on the heels of its global launch and had also announced the arrival of the Clubman at the Auto Expo 2016.
The Mini Clubman is an estate and is supposedly the largest Mini that is being built. It measures 4275mm in length is 1801mm wide. To put things in perspective, the Countryman is 4097mm and almost as wide as the Clubman. The Clubman looks like every other Mini with its round headlamps flanking the large horizontally slatted oval grille which seems to be gaping too much in this case. It gets six doors and two each for the two comfortable seating rows and the barn doors for a substantial boot to stow away the baggage.
The inside is plush as the new generation Minis are premium cars. The infotainment screen, the dials, the switches, knobs and everything else is in circles except for the AC vents. It gets automatic climate control, rear AC vents, cruise control, steering mounted audio controls and other creature comforts befitting a premium car.
The Clubman is built on the UKL2 platform and will get the 2.0-litre 112bhp turbocharged diesel engine that develops 270Nm of torque from 1750rpm. This engine is already available with the Mini Countryman and is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox powering the front wheels. It may also get the 1.6-litre petrol engine option.
The Mini Clubman is slotted above the Countryman globally and may be assembled in India as the Countryman is also being locally assembled. The expected price tag is between Rs 40 to Rs 45 lakh ex-showroom, Mumbai.