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MINI’s 2014 & 2015 Model Releases Revealed

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We’re just a few days into 2014 but we already have a clear picture of of the next 18-24 months for MINI. Read on for the complete rundown of the next two years. It’s an inside look at what will see and when we’ll see it.

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The F56 MINI Hatch

  • Cooper: B36B15M0 manual / B38B15M0 auto
  • Cooper S: B48B20M0 manual / B46B20M0 auto

The F56 will see ramp-op with a number of options beginning with March production. Notably these should include several JCW options including the appearance package seen above. The package will come with JCW wheels, aero-kit and a number of other JCW bits and pieces inside and out.

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The F55 MINI Four Door

  • Cooper: B36B15M0 manual / B38B15M0 auto
  • Cooper S: B48B20M0 manual / B46B20M0 auto

With the F56 months away from being on sale, MINI is turning it’s attention on it’s next model expected to debut later in 2014. The F55 will likely be marketed simply as the four door MINI and will introduce a sleeker roof-line, longer wheelbase and much more versatility.

The 2015 MINI four door will debut in the fall of 2014. Details have yet to be worked out but expect a roll-out to be slightly compressed in compared to the F56 – meaning it should hit the US before the spring of 2015.

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The F54 Clubman

  • Cooper Clubman: B36B20M0 manual / B38B20M0 auto
  • Cooper S Clubman: B46B20M0 manual / B48B20M0 auto

One of the models we’re most excited about is the re-imagined Clubman. Where the F55 is all about being as small as possible with four doors, the Clubman stretches things out with an eye on increased utility. As you can see above 2015 Clubman will be lengthened and widened to Countryman proportions. This will allow for 2+3 style seating with easy access via two forward hinged rear doors. Exterior and interior details will be very similar to the soon to be released F56 albeit tweaked and stretch.

These changes were made possible by the F55 five door MINI and the increased market for small four door hatchbacks.

The Clubman will keep it’s iconic club doors in the rear but will lose it’s single “coach door” on the right in favor of two traditionally opening doors. This was done both due to customer feedback (especially in right-hand drive markets) and also safety concerns. In side impact crashes having a B-pilar is good thing.

Inside the rear legroom grows to Countryman levels while increased width will allow for three across seating as standard. The size of the boot is also increased dramatically in length, width and under the floor. One note about the rear club doors, MINI will be again hinging them on the corner of the car to allow for greater load angles. However unlike the current Clubman the lights will be integrated into the club doors and will be very similar to the Paceman’s in shape.

Based on the UKL platform, the F54 will carryover all drivetrains from the F56. What about all wheel drive? After our interview with Oliver Friedman head of MINI Product worldwide, we know we won’t see AWD on the F56 or F55. However sources are telling us that the F54 Clubman may be a very different story. We’re hearing that AWD will eventually show-up on the Clubman.

The F57 MINI Convertible

  • Cooper: B36B15M0 manual / B38B15M0 auto
  • Cooper S: B48B20M0 manual / B46B20M0 auto

The F57 will be an exact copy of the R57 with the same top with only very minor revisions. Basically an F56 hatch with the R57?s convertible top. We expect the debut to take place at Geneva 2015 with a launch later that spring or summer.

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The F56 MINI JCW

  • JCW: B48B20O0 manual and auto

The JCW concept that will debut at NAIAS in two weeks is a visual preview of the JCW that will go on sale in the spring of 2015. It will be front wheel drive but put much more power down to the pavement. JCW knows that they have to up their game dramatically to remain relevant as more ad more hot-hatches enter the marketplace. Outright speed will be important but so will overall performance. Much like the R56 GP MINI will be looking at future JCW models from a holistic perspective and not just as a MINI with an powerful engine and bigger brakes.

Standard will be exclusive aero, plenty of JCW equipment and of course plenty of extra performance.

Look for the car to debut on the internet in late 2014 and hit dealers by the spring of 2015.

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(engine codes courtesy of ynguldyn at F30post)

Written By: Gabe

  • Joe

    No roadster ;(

  • MarkO

    Or coupe.

    • http://bridger.us/ Gabriel Bridger

      That’s 2016-2017. We’ll touch on that soon.

  • Head Honcho

    How about a revised Countryman with new engines and redone interior or is that not going to happen before the full new model?

    • http://bridger.us/ Gabriel Bridger

      It will in 2015. We’ll have more on that soon. This is about new models.

      • SPICYJCWCOUPE

        Will the Paceman (re its low sales), be also revised at the same time as the Countryman for the 2015 model year despite it becoming part of the MINI lineup only a year ago in the mid 2013 model year? Would be interested in what the revisions will be included….ie: the new engines and/or the many new tech features as are on the F56 & the eventual 2015 F55.

        Referring to the Coupe & Roadster…I’ve seen here (& elsewhere about the possibility that they could become merged into 1 model that has an automatic lowering hardtop…something to that effect.

        Any news when the F56 configuration will be available on MINIUSA?

  • walk0080

    JCW hatch might be OK but it seems MINI are no longer making cars to cater to me… or maybe my tastes are changin. At the moment the only model I like in the entire MINI range would be the hatch, and maybe clubman.

    That JCW had better be something very special considering how inexpensive a Fiesta ST is selling for.

    -2012 JCW hatch owner-

    • Blainestang

      I still like the new MINIs, but while it had almost no competition in 2008 when I bought it, there’s legitimate competition now. That said, for me, it’s probably going to be 5-door Hardtop MINI vs. FieSTa for my next car purchase. The question is whether the new MINI is worth the extra $ over the FieSTa.

      • Head Honcho

        Same for me. I want to drive the Fiesta ST soon. I am assuming the Suzuki Swift sport without the power doesn’t match either of them.

  • Bor

    Great overview, when will the diesel engine show up in the US ? thanks!

  • EHans

    You keep calling the rear doors club doors, but they aren’t. Mini’s site clearly calls the side door the club door and the rear doors barn doors.

    http://www.miniusa.com/content/miniusa/en/model/clubman.html – It is right there at the top, then if you hit “Features” it goes into a big explanation with pics of the club door and the barn doors. And barn doors is the right term for what is in the back. That name has been around for those rear doors for a long time.

    Once they move to front-hinged doors, it will be just another 4 door. Barn doors are nice, but that doesn’t make it a clubman.

    • http://bridger.us/ Gabriel Bridger

      The Clubdoor is the side door. The Barndoors are the rear doors.

      • EHans

        Yes, exactly. But this article says “The Clubman will keep it’s iconic club doors in the rear but will lose it’s single “coach door” on the right in favor of two traditionally opening doors. “

        I don’t think it is the first time I’ve seen it refer to the rear doors as the club doors.

        Either way, is it still a Clubman if it has no club door? You’ll really just have two 4 door cars with a choice of barn doors or a standard hatch. I’d totally go for the barn doors myself, but I’ll miss the club door. I was this close —>||<— to getting a Clubman when I opted for my Countryman with its better ground clearance for my needs.

  • Lee

    Ok I’m struggling to see the difference between the F55 and the F54 Clubman.

    Even in the spy shots they look the same.

    Ballooning the Clubman up to the size of the Countryman seems to leave a large hole in the lineup for a basically 2 door MINI with a bit more room, instead of two cars that are basically the same.

    I know someone somewhere said 373 different models and ever bigger cars are the ticket to massive profits, but it seems like they are abandoning what little differentiation they could have in the lineup.

    • Blainestang

      From the spy shots, it looks like the Clubman is a little more wagon-like in profile, but I see what you’re saying because the length of the doors and behind the doors doesn’t LOOK much different. Maybe it’s the swirly vinyl doing its job haha. From the description, it sounds like it’s significantly bigger in every dimension, which is hard to tell without parking them next to each other. The biggest difference: 3 rear seats in the Clubman, whereas the F55, presumably, will still be 2 rear seats like all previous “hardtops”.

  • Dave

    *Its

  • nwpeach

    Is there any discussion about NEW colors for the Countryman? So bored with what’s available. Wish Mini would introduce some additional light colors vs. the same ole dark blues, green, blacks. Also wish Mini would rethink the prohibition on making ALL Mini colors available on ALL models. I personally love the light mint green on the hardtop or even pepperwhite, but neither is available on the Countryman. A good champagne color would be gorgeous. Does anyone know if the new 4-door lengthened and stretched Clubman will have the same road clearance as the Countryman? Also, have been reading all the negative reviews of the Countryman in CR, so what’s that about? Doesn’t dissuade me, but really curious.

  • Henry Mitchell

    Any news on an F56 Cooper SD Hatch?


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MINI Model Cheat Sheet

1st Gen MINI
R50: One & MC Hatch
R52: All 1st Gen MINI Convt.
R53: MCS Hatch
2nd Gen MINI
R55: Clubman
R56: Hatch
R57: Convertible
R58: Coupe
R59: Roadster
R60: MINI Crossover
R61: MINI Crossover Coupe
3rd Gen MINI
F54: Clubman
F55: Five Door Hatch
F56: Hatch
F57: Convertible
F60: MINI Crossover
F58: Traveller

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