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The F55 Four Door MINI Spied in Production Form

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BimmerToday.de managed to capture a late evaluation prototype of the F55 MINI four door outside of the Munich airport over the weekend. The F55 (as it’s internally code-named) is the spiritual successor to the current R55 Clubman in size and market positioning. According to sources the F54 four door will debut in Geneva lightly disguised as a concept with an imminent internet debut.

What’s the F55 four door and why should you care?

Using the F56 as its basis, MINI has shortened the front doors and added two small, conventionally opening doors behind them. Similar to the Countryman’s layout but in a smaller package, the F55 will finally offer the flexibility consumers have been asking for from MINI in a smaller non-crossover package.

Inside we’ve been told to expect rear legroom to increase about 5 cm as compared to the next generation hardtop (which in turn is slightly be roughly the same as the current generation). Unlike the F56, the F55 will offer a three person bench seat (like the Countryman and Clubman in some markets) likely as standard in most markets. It’s unclear if the US will get this option due to rear seat size requirements (insert fat American joke here).

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As you can see in the photo above, the front of the car will be identical to the new F56. However the rear will be slightly raked as the extra 5 cm of legroom will push the boot out slightly. In total the F55 will likely be at least 5 cm longer than the F56 hatch. On the roof the R55 will feature a more subtle version of the Clubman’s “dune-line” roof profile to further distinguish it from the F56.

MINI expects big things from this little four door. Since the beginning of the re-introruction of the MINI brand, potential owners have been asking for a larger MINI. It may seem a bit ironic to some, but the iconic MINI hatch has had a high barrier of entry for many potential owners due to a lack of interior space and flexibility. Have you ever tried to get a child seat in the back of the hatch or perhaps a dog in and out? Then you’ll know why the four-door F55 may go along way in helping many overcome their fears of impracticality. And as much as the Countryman has solved this for some, there are many that simply don’t like the idea of a MINI crossover and instead wanted something a little closer to the spirit of the original concept.

Or thought of another way, it’ll bring some of the Countryman’s gains in practicality, but with fewer of its SUV-bred performance compromises. Imagine being able to more easily haul passengers, kids or pets, but retaining all of the smaller MINI’s handling and lightweight efficiency. That’s why we’re excited for this F55 and why MINI is quietly very optimistic in regards to potential sales.

The F55 is scheduled to hit dealers early this fall as a 2015 model carrying over all engines, transmissions and options from the F56 hatch. While it’s just an estimate, we’d expect pricing to be around 10-12% higher.

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The Clubman to Grow in Size & Offer Even More Utility

For those who need something even larger, the F54 MINI Clubman will debut in 2015 hitting dealerships in the latter half of the year. Where the F55 is all about being as small as possible with four doors, the F54 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.

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.

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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. However MINI has something rather interesting planned for the F54 in that area. Stay tuned to MF this week for more.

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Written By: Gabe

  • Jojo

    if the F54 is going to be offered as a plug-in hybrid, I am going to stop buying anything right now and banking all of my monies.

  • Julesdune

    Hey! What is this blue color?

    • Cone Assassin

      Electric Blue (R53 color)

  • Bor

    f54 looking good, hopefully they will keep the weight down

  • Jimmy

    Even though the likelihood is small, this would be a unique package with the inclusion of All4. Can you imagine a JCW All4? I can, and I likey.

    • SPIC YJCWCOUPE

      As I’ve read in previous reports, among the F56, F55, & F54, only the F54 will likely be available in ALL4. (Right, Gabe?) The F56 & F55 should share the same wheelbase but will likely be longer on the F54. Think of the F55 as an F56 with a fat butt extending out a couple more inches, but on the bright side, would also add a couple more inches rear legroom & easier rear seat access via those rear 2 doors. Sounds good to me, since I’m very interested in the debut (and possible ownership) of an F55 S late next fall/early winter…….

  • http://www.mynameisjay.com/ Jay

    As luck would have it, my loan will be paid off by the time the new Clubman comes out.

  • SPICYJCWCOUPE

    It was mentioned at the end of the text re the F55 & F54 that the estimated price of the F55 could be 10-12% more than the F56. Based on that estimate, it would be priced ‘at least’ as much as the current base Countryman and even more than the S Countryman for an F55 S.

  • socoloco

    First year auto engineering students design those doors?

  • http://twitter.com/matthewwanderer matthew

    With the forthcoming larger, 4-door Clubman, what is the argument for the F55?

    • SPICYJCWCOUPE

      The F55 is meant to be as compact externally as possible like the F56 (same wheelbase & only about 2 inches longer for added rear seat leg room). The F54 is meant to have the interior space of the Countryman yet be more comparable to a station wagon rather than an SUV. It’s exterior length/width will also be more Countryman size but not the SUV height of the countryman. That’s what I get out of the F55 compared to the F54 re their recent descriptions.

  • Fred T

    Looks like the clubman could the size of an BMW X-1? Is it going to be built on the countryman, X-1or other BMW chassis?

    • http://www.nathanielsalzman.com/ Nathaniel Salzman

      My understanding is that the future X1, Countryman and Clubman are all on the same, larger version of the MINI/BMW FWD UKL platform. That’s a lot of acronyms in one string there. The F56 is on the smaller version of the UKL.

  • dr

    Nissan called……they want thier juke back. This roof line belongs on the F56 not the F55. they have wrong doors on the wrong bodies! The raked back would be fine but looks out of place on the 4-door I am more and more concerned that the F54 will be a jacked up crossover instead of a stretched F55/F56…..otherwise MINI will never sell another F55 once the clubman arrives…..all signs point to the F55 and F54 being very diffrent cars.

    • SPICYJCWCOUPE

      The F55 is meant to be a close sibling to the F56, not the F54. They are nearly identical with the same wheelbase…only differences are the roofline & added couple inches in length/rear rake to allow more rear seat leg room & of course adding the rear seat doors.

      The F54, on the other hand, would be a good bit longer & wider on about the same wheelbase as the Countryman but in a lower non SUV look…more like a U.S. station wagon.

      The purpose of each are very different…the F55 are for those who want a F56 with more rear passenger room & access and the F54 for those that want a more utilitarian all purpose vehicle without moving to a taller SUV platform.


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