Dec 3rd, 2013
For the past year we’ve seen the F55 roaming the streets of Germany testing in various states of camouflage. And as each layer has been slowly stripped away ahead of its fall of 2014 reveal, we’ve started to get a grasp on its size and its four doors. Then a few weeks ago the first 2015 F54 Clubman was spotted in advanced prototype form outside of Munich. It was immediately obvious that MINI had re-thought the Clubman as a longer and wider vehicle with four doors (six including both rear “club doors”).
That’s two four doors from MINI set to be released over the next 18-24 months. What are the differences and why did MINI go this direction? Read on.
Nov 26th, 2013
“At the moment we don’t see a need.” That was the answer that Oliver Friedman, head of MINI product worldwide, gave to me when I asked him about all-wheel drive in the new MINI hatch. He went on to say that MINI will not offer all-wheel drive in any of its smaller platform lineup.
Nov 15th, 2013
Update – we’ve confirmed that this not our first look at the Spacebox MPV but instead our first view of what appears to be the 2015 Clubman.
The new 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.
Nov 6th, 2013
Throughout 2013 we’ve been talking a lot about the F56 – the next generation MINI hatch. And while we’ve reported on other variants we’ve never put the full picture together in terms of what models we’ll see and when we’ll see them. Today we’re doing just that. After the break is a full run-down of MINI’s release schedule for it’s next generation F5X models (excluding any Countryman related models). continued →
Oct 30th, 2013
Time marches on and in 20 days MINI will enter into a new phase of the brand’s existence with the F56. There will be lots of debate on these pages but one thing that’s pretty clear is that we’re on the verge of a new era for MINI. New engines, an evolution of the design and a revolution of the technology inside, the F56 represents the first clean-sheet design of the car since the R50 was conceived and designed under the cloud of BMW owning and selling Rover.
What are you looking forward to? Or do you want to simply look away? Let us know in the comments section below. continued →
Oct 26th, 2013
MINI’s F56 is a car that is not only aimed at MINI faithful but a younger demographic that sees cars less as objects of performance and more of hubs of technology. The interior of the F56 and the technology throughout the car is the result of this focus. However MINI was very careful in not only what was added but what technology was eliminated. And with the increased focus on digital media over traditional physical varieties, the in-dash CD player was an easy item to cut.
Oct 23rd, 2013
Last week we gave you a sneak peek at MINI’s new driver assistance technology that will be found in the F56. Today we want to focus on one piece of technology that was displayed in photos but not talked about in that official release.
MINI has moved the speedometer from its previous, controversial position at the center of the dash and placed behind the steering wheel as expected. However, in its place, MINI designers have kept that center location as key focal point of the interior by replaced the speedo with something much easier to live with. While the “Light Ring” is nothing more than a handful of LEDs, MINI hopes it can successfully become one of those character details for which the MINI is so well known? A fine goal, but can a screen and a strip of lighting successfully replace that iconic MINI speedometer? continued →