MINI to Debut Three New Models Over the Next Year

With the F56 and F55 four door launched, MINI is turning its attention to rounding out its aging line-up. This includes the convertible, JCW and of course the highly anticipated Clubman. Read on the for the details.


The F57 Convertible

The first order of business for MINI will be the F57 convertible. The convertible will pick-up the same roof design as the R57 with additionally rigidity designed into the chassis to reduce cowl-shake. The four seats will remain but insiders tell us the rear seats will have slightly more room than before. Also more spacious will be the boot with the same deep floor that the F56 current has.

The F57 will debut at the LA Autoshow with sales in Europe beginning in February. Expect US sales to start this spring.


The F56 JCW

The 2015 JCW is currently wrapping-up final testing ahead of it’s January debut in Detroit. Powered by an iteration of the F56’s 2.0L (internally known as the B48B20O0), the JCW should have an output of around 230 hp and torque over 255 ft lbs. With weight around 2,800 lbs this would give the 2015 JCW the best power to weight ratio of any MINI ever – by healthy margin. Brakes will be large Brembos has before with a unique sports suspension standard.

Minus some stickers and the extra coat of paint on the wheels, what you see above is what you’ll get. Look for 17? wheels standard with 18s optional. The areo-kit will be a tweaked version of the JCW aero-kit due on the JCW Exterior Pack option expected late this fall.

MINI is planning to debut the 2015 JCW on the internet in December of 2014 then publicly at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Production should start in March of 2015 with the first cars hitting dealers in April throughout Europe and May in the US.


The F54 Clubman

The Clubman will be a surprise hit for MINI for years to come. At least that’s our prediction having been hands-on with the concept. But it’s not just the packaging but the drivetrain options that make this one of the more interesting products MINI will release (and a sneak peak into what the Countryman will offer). The six door will be available in Cooper and Cooper S variants at launch early next fall.

Then things get interesting.

According to sources we will see an all wheel drive Cooper/Cooper S start of production in March 2016. Finally MINI will be releasing a US diesel variant with an engine designation of B47C20O0. That’s the same designation used for the Euro-spec Cooper SD. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder produces a healthy 266lb ft. (maximum torque is available from just 1500rpm) and 170 hp.

On the UK cycle the Cooper SD gets an astonishing 70.6mpg. Expect something in the 40-50 mpg range from the EPA.

All wheel drive will not be available with the diesel.

Look for news on the next germination Countryman, Paceman, coupe and roadster soon.

  • MikeUK

    Having driven a Countryman SD recently, I can say it’s a real blast. I’m really looking forwards to the Clubman which I imagine will be a similar weight.

    I’d be suspicious of the 70mpg though. I had a Countryman One D for a week and after the initial ‘see what it can do’ testing, only managed to get around 50mpg (imp) at the very best, not anywhere near the claimed 64.

    Maybe the extra torque of the SD helps keep consumption down.

  • les

    My wife and I just found out this week that we are expecting, and one of the first things that came to my mind was the F55 Clubman. We are going to try to keep the R56 for as long as possible, but I can imagine it getting old really fast. Now I will have to decide between hybrid or diesel.


      The F55 is the new 4 door hatch coming out this month in the Euro market but not until Dec/jan in the US. The new Clubman is an F54. I’m putting in my F55S order in early Nov for a hopeful delivery in Jan here in the US.

      • les

        Thanks for pointing out my mistake. You’re so cool and right.

  • I pine for a Clubman SD.

  • Hemisedan

    Why aren’t there any more and different pictures of the next JCW out yet? I haven’t even seen any covered up spy shots for over three months. Also, anything new made available to know. Saw a new F56 in Colorado yesterday in Pepper White. Didn’t look all that bad!!!

  • Kevin Bartlett

    As an R53 JCW owner I’ve had trouble finding a next car…. I was looking at BMW’s yesterday thinking that in the 10 years since I bought my MINI maybe I had grown into a nice 328i. I was underwhelmed though. For some reason all BMW’s seem to be X drive here in Michigan, I’m not against it but not sure I need it. The interiors are, well, not as nice as I think they should be, and where are the sport seats not a 3’er on the lot with anything but dull flat looking seats. I can’t imagine owning one of those cars without sport seats (is that just me?!). I could live with the well regarded 8 speed auto too…..but you think there is a car there with paddles, nope.

    So I’m left thinking now maybe a JCW variant of the F54, or F55. I test drove an F56S and didn’t fall in love with the drive…..but the car, the seats, the interior were all more to my taste than the pricier BMW’s I was browsing yesterday.

    • hemisedan

      If you think that 3’s are hard to find, try finding the new Series 2, nope, nada around here and not even on order, I am told. Then, when they do hit the lots there will be no track package, no M for the 228I and all will be in all those wonderful BMW grays, silvers or white. Oh, then they will probably never have the six speed manual either. So, I’m waiting on the F56 JCW in the Spring.

  • Ian Chadwick

    Well! the launch of the mini convertible didn’t happen whats yor next best guess