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MINI presents visionary living concept at Milan Design Week

This year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan sees MINI joining forces with London-based architects Studiomama to present MINI LIVING – BUILT BY ALL, a new installation portraying a living concept realised in a close collaboration between residents and architects.

Estate Car, News, Family Car

MINI confirms One D Clubman pricing and spec

MINI has revealed its new One D Clubman.

Priced from £21,375 OTR (automatic from £22,815 OTR), the new model retains the popular split rear doors with accessibility and everyday usability further enhanced by four full-sized side doors. Featuring a new ‘mature and sophisticated design’, the Clubman’s dimensions are larger than those of the previous generation. It’s also 270 mm longer and 73 mm wider than the 5-door Hatch, with a wheelbase which is 100 mm larger. The boot has a volume of 360 litres, which can be extended to 1,250 litres by folding the rear seats flat.

The new One D Clubman is powered by a TwinPower Turbo diesel engine which meets EU6 exhaust emission standards. With a peak output of 116hp generating 270NM of torque, top speed is 119mph. Fuel consumption averages 74.3 mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 99g/km, helping company car drivers benefit from a low BiK rate of 17 per cent in the 2015-16 tax year. A six-speed manual transmissions is standard while an optional six-speed Steptronic transmission is available.

Technology features fitted as standard on the new model include a shift point display, brake energy regeneration, active cooling air flaps and needs-oriented control of the fuel and coolant pump as well as other ancillary components.

A Chili pack, priced at £2,785, can be specified which adds additional extras to the car including cloth/leather upholstery with heated sports seats, MINI’s comfort access system, park distance control, automatic air conditioning, LED headlights and LED fog lights among other features.

Standard safety features comprises of six airbags, 3-point automatic belts on all seats including belt tensioners and adaptive belt force limiters at the front, as well as ISOFIX child seat mountings at the rear. A tyre pressure display for each individual wheel is also included as standard.

Available to order now, first customer deliveries are expected in April 2016.

Hatchback, News, Family Car

MINI launches Clubman ALL4

Production of the MINI Clubman ALL4 – the brand’s first all-wheel drive model for the C-segment - has begun.

The launch marks the brand’s advance into the premium compact segment with the first ALL4 model to be built at MINI Plant Oxford. The ALL4 all-wheel drive system, which has previously only been offered on MINI Countryman models, has been specially redeveloped to ‘ensure sportier handling and improved versatility to further enhance the everyday practicality’ according to MINI. The all-wheel drive system includes electrohydraulic regulation, optimised weight and increased efficiency.

Powered by the 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine offering 192 hp, the new Cooper S Clubman ALL4's engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission as standard, and optionally with an 8-speed Steptronic transmission. It achieves fuel consumption of 40.9 mpg with the manual transmission (44.8mpg for automatic transmission) and has CO2 emissions of 159g/km (146g/km). The Cooper SD Clubman ALL4 is powered by a 190 hp diesel engine with 400 NM of torque which is paired with the brand’s 8-speed Steptronic transmission as standard. Fuel consumption on the combined cycle is 58.9mpg with CO2 emissions of 126g/km.

The new model features what MINI describes as ‘an exceptionally high specification’, including Satellite Navigation as standard on all models. Furthermore, every Clubman ALL4 gets the MINI Excitement Package as standard, which features a projection of the brand logo on to the ground beneath the driver’s side door mirror when the car is opened and closed, as well as extended interior lighting.

The new MINI Clubman ALL4 is expected in showrooms this April, priced from £24,305 OTR.

Convertible, News

MINI John Cooper Works Convertible

MINI has revealed a new John Cooper Works (JCW) Convertible ahead of a New York motor show debut.

The new JCW Convertible combines an ‘authentic racing feel with intense open-air enjoyment’ according to MINI and is powered by a 2.0 litre 4-cylinder engine developed exclusively for John Cooper Works models. The most powerful engine in the MINI portfolio, with 170bhp, has an output increase of 20 hp compared to the predecessor model and 39 hp over the new MINI Cooper S Convertible. This results in a 0-62mph time of 6.6 seconds with the manual transmission and 6.5 seconds with the Steptronic transmission. Top speed has increased by 4mph to 150mph. Average fuel consumption is 36.1mpg with CO2 emissions of 152 g/km.

Standard trim includes Brembo sports brake system, 17-inch John Cooper Works light alloy wheels Track Spoke silver and speed-related Servotronic steering support. Dynamic Damper Control is available as an option while Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) is standard with DTC (Dynamic Traction Control), EDLC (Electronic Differential Lock Control) and Performance Control. Standard trim includes fully automatic soft top operation, air conditioning, MINI Driving Modes, Radio MINI Boost with AUX-IN and USB socket, as well as Park Distance Control.

A new textile top has been added with the optional ‘MINI Yours’ Union Jack graphic. The fully electrically powered top features a low-noise operation for the first time and opens and closes at the press of a button, in 18 seconds. The roof will also open and close during travel at speeds up to 18mph while a sliding roof function works at any road speed. Fully integrated rollover protection bars sit behind the rear seats while there are also John Cooper Works sports seats in Dinamica/fabric Carbon Black with integrated headrests.

The interior also features a JCW leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons and shift paddles in conjunction with the 6-speed Steptronic sport transmission, John Cooper Works gearshift or selector lever, cockpit displays and central instrument surround in model-specific design and pedals and driver footrest in stainless steel.

The new John Cooper Works Convertible is expected to go on sale in March, with prices starting around the £26k mark.

SUV, Family Car, Diesel, News

MINI launches limited edition Countryman

MINI is launching a new Countryman Special Edition for the UK.

Developed by the MINI's Special Order programme, the Countryman Special Edition features exclusive Space Grey Metallic roof and mirror caps, teamed with 18" 5-Star Double Spoke alloy wheels in black and Absolute Black Metallic body paint.

Only 250 Countryman Special Edition models will be available for customers in the UK. The latest edition to the range comes with standard equipment including MINI Navigation System, Voice Control, MINI Connected, Enhanced Bluetooth with USB audio and multi-function steering wheel. Front Seat Heating, Automatic Air Conditioning and Xenon Headlights are also included as standard.

Inside, the Special Edition has been styled to match the exterior, with interior surfaces in Piano Black and leather upholstery in Gravity-Carbon Black.

Customers can choose between two model variants - the Cooper S ALL4 Countryman or the Cooper SD ALL4 Countryman in either manual or automatic transmissions. Both model options are paired with MINI's ALL4 all-wheel drive system which provides 'excellent traction and quickly reacts to changes in road conditions'.

The MINI Countryman Special Edition is available to order now.