Man oh man oh man oh man. Can you believe it’s actually official?
It may look similar to the wood-panelled load-luggers made by Italian firm Castagna in 2003, but it will be designed and built by BMW. The new car is likely to share most of its structure with the MINI hatch to keep costs down, but be based on a longer-wheelbase platform.
And unusually, the Clubman will come with only one rear side door, although twin back doors give excellent luggage space and make loading easy. The boot volume is expected to at least rival the likes of five-door hatches such as the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra.
Boot volume as much as a Focus? Rear doors that will provide, I’m presuming, useable back seats? Now we’re talking! This MINI will be in my driveway for sure when the time does come! Gabe has a pic, but it looks more like a hot wheels model than a real mockup or prototype to me.