We’ll be hands-on with the new Clubman in a matter of weeks. But in the meantime associate Autoblog Editor Brandon Turkus had the opportunity to speak with MINI USA product planning manager Patrick McKenna about the 2016 F54 MINI Clubman in a video interview. While many of the features of the F-generation Clubman have already been reported here at MotoringFile, McKenna demonstrates firsthand features in action such as the convenience opening rear barn doors. McKenna also proudly mentions a number of firsts for the brand thanks to the new Clubman such as electric parking brake and electronically controlled front seats.  Most interesting is some hint of pricing for the Clubman in the United States when McKenna mentions:

“We are not at the point where we are announcing pricing but we expect this car to be in the mid-$20k range for the entry level Cooper.”

This estimate would put the starting price above the current Cooper Countryman, however the Clubman is furnished with a more premium interior and a much higher level of standard equipment including MINI Connected.

Head over to Autoblog to watch the full video:   Autoblog: Hands on with the 2016 MINI Clubman