While it should simply be high-level recap for MotoringFile readers, Autoweek has an article out today with info on what we’ll be seeing in the next generation MINI including info on the new long-wheelbase version. Here’s an excerpt:

While the core body style will remain a three-door hatchback (with a two-seat speedster rumored), BMW is working on a longer-wheelbase version that will open the door for a wider range of Minis, including a five-door with more rear legroom and added cargo area. Could a three-door version of this herald the return of the Clubman? We can only hope.

The stretched Mini features a more upright rear hatchback, along with a pair of rear-hinged doors for easier access to the rear seats. The five-door will likely feature a Rolls-Royce electronic locking system that will allow the rear doors to open independently of the front ones – a major convenience improvement over most suicide-door systems.

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Of course for more detailed information on the next generation MINI, check out our latest article on the topic from last month: Next Generation MINI Revealed.