Mini Clubman Refresh Debuts With New Grille And Headlights
16 April 2019 - motor1
Mini keeps the tweaks very minor.
The Mini Clubman receives a mid-cycle refresh for the first time since the second generation of the little wagon's debut in 2015. The tweaks keep the model looking modern, but they are hardly a major overhaul.
On the outside, the updated Clubman wears a revised grille that extends the horizontal slats farther down the front end. Thinner chrome trim surrounds it. The S and SD variants now feature a hexagonal mesh pattern for the inlet. The rest of the body is available in new colors, including Indian Summer Red metallic, British Racing Green metallic, and Enigmatic Black metallic.
The Clubman continues to come with halogen headlights as standard but with larger reflectors and a black shield on the inside. There is optional LED illumination for the high and low beams, including a white ring on the outside. Adaptive LEDs are also available that include automatic high beams and active corner lighting. In the corners of the front fascia, the optional fog lights are now LEDs with circular daytime runnings lights around the exterior.
At the back, the only major changes are for the taillights. They now have standard LED illumination with a chrome surround. Buyers can also opt for an optional Union Jack appearance for the lamps.
The only major mechanical tweak is an available sport suspension that lowers the ride height by 0.3937 inches (10 millimeters). Optional, two-mode adaptive dampers offer comfort- or sport-oriented settings.
On the inside, the updates are fairly minor. Mini's Leather Chester upholstery is available in new Malt Brown, Indigo Blue, and Satellite Grey colors. The standard infotainment display remains 6.5 inches, but buyers can upgrade to an 8.8-inch version.
In Europe, there are no powertrain changes. The gasoline choices include 97-horsepower (75-kilowatt), 134-hp (100-kW) variants of the 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder and 189-hp (141-kW) 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder. A new John Cooper Works variant arrives later. The diesel options are a 114-hp (85-kW) 1.5-liter three-cylinder, in addition to a 148-hp (110-kW) and 188-hp (140 kW) 2.0-liter four-cylinder choices.
Front-wheel drive comes standard, but the 189-hp gas engine and 188-hp diesel are available with optional all-wheel drive.