The Mini Clubman Concept Has Six Doors For Your ConvenienceS

Back when Mini first launched the Clubman, we heard it would have five doors. Unfortunately, they put two in the back for the cargo area and a relatively useless rear-hinged one on the passenger's side. Thankfully for the new Clubman based on the 2014 Mini, they've reconsidered.

Since there was going to be a four-door Mini Cooper anyway, they've given the Clubman four real doors, but stuck with the double doors in the back in this thinly veiled concept. For a small wagon, it doesn't look half bad. That said, it's still less attractive than smaller Minis.

The Mini Clubman Concept Has Six Doors For Your ConvenienceS

Mini says the new Clubman, despite the grown-up doors in the rear, is just 26 centimeters longer than the outgoing car. At less than 14 feet long, though, it's still about a foot longer than the smallest Mini. (Yes, that makes it a couple inches longer than a Countryman. It's still about four inches shorter, though.)

The other big news for Mini is the "AirBreather," which has nothing to do with mammals as far as I can tell, but is an aerodynamic trick in the design of the car's side.

The Mini Clubman Concept Has Six Doors For Your ConvenienceS

The concept does get some lunacy inside, though, with a colorful interior and different console than the new hatchback. Part of this has something to do with Mini promoting the "higher-end quality" of the Clubman, rather than simply making it more spacious. Expect this to affect the list of options and packages – and prices.

The Clubman Concept will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show, and a production version should follow shortly.

Photos: Mini