Though not slated for US sales yet, the MINI One Clubman delivers a stripped, 1.4 liter, 95 HP experience totally precedented in MINI history. The modern MINI has grown into a speedy little go-kart, and it's sometimes easy to forget the humble roots of the brand as a cheap commuter car, but this version returns the car to those roots. Though the MINI One Clubman isn't necessarily the sexiest car on the old continent, it does get 52.3 MPG if you measure in the queen's gallons (43.5 MPG US). It comes with a six-speed manual standard and can save on dino squeezin's by utilizing a stop/start system which gets charging help from regenerative braking.
If things turn out to be super boring at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, we'll be sure to stop by the MINI booth and take a look. Full details below:
New MINI One Clubman set for Geneva show unveiling
Attractively-priced newcomer available to order now
* MINI One Clubman to launch in the UK on 28 March 2009
* Air conditioning now standard on every new MINI
The MINI One Clubman will be unveiled at the International Geneva Motor Show on 03 March 2009. The new entry-level model in the Clubman range gives customers the chance to take advantage of MINI’s renowned low running and ownership costs, and carries a list price of £13,290 OTR.
Powered by the 1.4-litre, four cylinder petrol engine found in the Hatch version of the MINI One, the newcomer possesses all the characteristics that make driving every MINI a grin-inducing experience. With an engine producing 95 hp and the same steering and suspension as its sporty Cooper-badged sibling, the MINI One Clubman boasts trademark go-kart handling and razor-sharp cornering capability.
Outstanding fuel efficiency and low CO2 emission figures are ensured through the standard fitment of MINIMALISM technologies. Brake Energy Regeneration, Auto Start Stop and Shift Point Display are all standard features on the car. Fuel bills will be minimised due to a combined fuel consumption figure of 52.3 mpg, and the cost of an annual road fund licence will be just £35 because of the MINI One Clubman’s impressive CO2 emission figure of just 130 g/km, placing it in VED tax band C.
A short-shifting 6-speed manual transmission is standard, with the option of a 6-speed auto with manual-shift capability.
The performance data for the new MINI One Clubman is as impressive as that of the entire MINI Clubman range.
New exterior colour combinations will be available for the MINI One Clubman. It will be possible to specify Silver or Black variants of this model with the same colour C-pillars. Previously the C-Pillar was always supplied in a contrasting shade.
From 01 January 2009, air conditioning is supplied as standard with every new MINI. UK dealers are ready to take orders for the MINI One Clubman now.