By: IOL Motoring Staff
The first official pictures of the new Mini Clubman have found their way onto the leaky internet.
Apart from losing a few glitzy chrome garnishes, the production model remains
painstakingly faithful to the Clubman Concept that Mini revealed early last year.
Unlike its strangely styled predecessor, which had just one rear-hinged back door, the new Clubman is a fully blown estate car complete with two conventional back doors.
In keeping with its heritage, though, the side-hinged split boot door arrangement has been retained, although this time Mini has plonked the taillights onto them to create a far more distinctive, and dare we say futuristic, rear end design.
The new Clubman will be marketed as a more practical alternative to the Mini 5-door. The technical details have yet to be divulged but it's safe to assume it'll inherit its cabin gadgets and turbo engines from the rest of the Mini hatch range.