Frankfurt LIVE: 2017 MINI Clubman

The redesigned Clubman features a bigger footprint, with a more wagon-like profile.

MINI has unveiled its second-generation Clubman.

As promised, the production model is very close to the Clubman Concept that bowed in Geneva early last year. It features a larger footprint than its predecessor, but with a slightly more wagon-like profile.

The redesigned model is the longest and widest MINI model yet, measuring nearly 11 inches longer and three inches wider than the four-door Hardtop. The luggage compartment has a volume of 17.5 cubic feet, expandable to nearly 48 cubic feet when the rear backrest is folded down.

The rear barn doors carry over to the latest generation, however MINI has ditched the rear suicide doors in favor of a traditional arrangement.

All variants are powered by MINI's latest TwinPower Turbo engines, including a three-cylinder powerplant with 134 horsepower for the entry-level models. The upgraded Cooper S Clubman is powered by a four-cylinder unit with 189 ponies. The four-cylinder packages now can be outfitted with an optional eight-speed Steptronic transmission, operated in either automatic mode or via paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

The company is hoping luxurious interior accoutrements will help the Clubman's upmarket push. New options include 'atmospheric' lighting, electrically adjustable seats, chrome trim, and a wide range of fabric/leather combinations and leather finishes with unique seam patterns.

Suspension has been revised with completely new components to improve stiffness and handling, while use of aluminum helps reduce curb weight despite the new Clubman's overall larger size.

Live images by Ronan Glon.

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