Our colleagues at Automobile Magazine have been on a roll lately. Following their scoop on the potential MINI Minor and Superleggera, they recently published a series of spy pictures of the F54 Clubman. While there is nothing new compared to what we have reported in the past, these shots show the upcoming Clubman S sporting less swirly graphics than usual. This photo is particularly interesting as it clearly indicates that front-end treatment of the F54 will rectify the biggest pet peeve against the F56/F55. In fact, it seems to be exactly in line with the concept that was presented in Geneva last year.
Less camouflage most likely means that it is only a matter of weeks before the new Clubman makes its public debut. And to refresh everyone’s memory, here is what we know so far in regards to the production schedule of the F54.
The six door MINI will be available in Cooper and Cooper S variants at launch this summer and additional models will be added the following years:
- Cooper/Cooper S Start of Production: July 2015
- Cooper/Cooper S End of Production: June 2022
- Cooper/Cooper S ALL WHEEL DRIVE Start of Production: March 2016
- Cooper/Cooper S ALL WHEEL DRIVE End of Production: June 2022
MINI will also 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. Unfortunately, all wheel drive might not be available with the diesel engine.
As far as we know a plug-in hybrid version of the new Clubman is still in the cards, but stay tuned as we gather more information on the topic.