At the 2016 Auto Expo, BMW India had revealed plans of launching only one new Mini model in the country this year, the Clubman. After making us wait for 10 months, the company finally launched the vehicle in our market yesterday, at a price of Rs 37.90 lakhs ex-showroom.
What is it?
The Clubman is the flagship model of the Mini brand and is the largest Mini vehicle to be sold in India. This thus happens to be the most spacious Mini on sale as well. It will be available as a CBU model. While the previous generation Clubman wasn’t really popular due to its quirky design which had 2 doors on one side of the car and only one on the other side, this one is more practical. The hallmark of the car though still remains the twin boot which is vertically split, unlike other vehicles where the split is horizontal. The vehicle features LED headlamps and tail-lamps to enhance the looks.
On the inside, like all Minis, there is a 6.5″ round screen that controls all the car functions via the iDrive knob found below. For the first time, Mini is offering eletrically adjustable seats as an option on the Clubman. Customers also have the choice of chosing between 9 upholstery colour options.
Under the hood?
The Clubman which is on sale in India is the petrol S variant which means it is powered by the 2.0 liter turbo petrol unit from the Mini Cooper S. The engine produces 192 Bhp and 280 Nm. The engine is mated to an 8 speed automatic transmission with the option of opting for the sport transmission with paddle shifters as well. Being the S variant, the Clubman gets the Mini drive modes as standard, which means you have the option to chose between the Sport, Mid and Green mode.
Mini has always offered a whole host of options for their vehicles, be it exterior colours, interior colours or features and this is no different. You have the option of opting for a panoramic roof, heads-up display, a larger 8.8 inch touch screen system with touchpad controller, navigation and an internal storage space of 20 gb.