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Μετά την πρωινή διαρροή, η Mini παρουσίασε και επίσημα το ολοκαίνουριο Clubman, πριν αυτό κάνει ντεμπούτο στην έκθεση της Φρανκφούρτης. Η πρώτη και σημαντικότερη διαφορά όσον αφορά τόσο στον σχεδιασμό, όσο και στο αυτοκίνητο στο σύνολο του, αφορά στο μέγεθος. Το νέο Clubman όχι μόνο είναι μεγαλύτερο από τον προκάτοχο του, αλλά είναι μεγαλύτερο ακόμα και από το Countryman.

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Αυτό έγινε για να βελτιωθεί η ευχρηστία του, να αυξηθεί ο διαθέσιμος για τους επιβάτες χώρος αλλά και η χωρητικότητα του πορτ-μπαγκάζ. Το νέο Clubman, έχει μήκος 4.25 μέτρα –σχεδόν 30 εκατοστά μεγαλύτερο από τον προκάτοχο του-, πλάτος 1.8 μέτρα και ύψος 1.44 μέτρα. Να σημειωθεί ότι το πλάτος είναι 115 χιλιοστά μεγαλύτερο και το ύψος 16 χιλιοστά μεγαλύτερο. Για να έχεις μία τάξη μεγέθους, να αναφέρω ότι το νέο Clubman είναι 158 χιλιοστά μακρύτερο, 10 χιλιοστά φαρδύτερο και 119 χιλιοστά πιο κοντό από το μεγαλύτερο Mini αυτή τη στιγμή, το Countryman. Αυτό βέβαια, σημαίνει ότι αυξήθηκε και το βάρος – κατά 155 κιλά μάλιστα-, φτάνοντας τα 1.300 κιλά. Το νέο Mini Clubman βασίζεται στην UKL πλατφόρμα του BMW Group και έχει ακριβώς το ίδιο μεταξόνιο με την BMW 2-Series Active Tourer, 2,67 μέτρα. Η ανάρτηση αποτελείται από γόνατα McPherson εμπρός και μία διάταξη πολλαπλών συνδέσμων στο πίσω μέρος. Οι standard τροχοί έχουν διάσταση 205/55/16 στο Cooper και το Cooper D ενώ στο Cooper S, αναμενόμενα, είναι μεγαλύτεροι, φτάνοντας το 245/45/17.

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Βέβαια, η αύξηση στις διαστάσεις, έχει θετικό αντίκτυπο στους χώρους. Επίσης, η χωρητικότητα του πορτ-μπαγκάζ, έχει αυξηθεί κατά 100 λίτρα, φτάνοντας τα 360 λίτρα, 150 περισσότερα από το hatchback και 10 περισσότερο από το Countryman. Με διπλωμένα τα καθίσματα όμως, το πορτ-μπαγκάζ μετρά 1.250 λίτρα!

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Η αρχική γκάμα κινητήρων του Clubman, αποτελείται από δύο υπερτροφοδοτούμενους βενζινοκινητήρες άμεσου ψεκασμού και έναν υπερτροφοδοτούμενο common rail diesel. Οι ίδιοι κινητήρες που προσφέρονταν στο νέο hatchback όταν αυτό λανσαρίστηκε. Αυτοί, συνδυάζονται είτε με ένα 6-τάχυτο, μηχανικό κιβώτιο είτε ένα 6- ή 8-τάχυτο αυτόματο – προαιρετικά φυσικά. Τόσο το σύστημα start/stop όσο και η ανάκτηση ενέργειας κατά το φρενάρισμα ανήκουν στον standard εξοπλισμό. Το βασικό Clubman, κινείται από έναν τρικύλινδρο, 1500άρη κινητήρα με 136 άλογα. Με αυτόν, τα 100 km/h από στάση έρχονται σε 9.1 δευτερόλεπτα, η τελική είναι 204 km/h ενώ η κατανάλωση και οι εκπομπές ρύπων είναι 5.1 λίτρα ανά 100 χιλιόμετρα και 118 γραμμάρια CO2 ανά χιλιόμετρο αντίστοιχα.

Στην κορυφή της γκάμας, είναι ο δίλιτρος, τετρακύλινδρος με τα 192 άλογα που επιτρέπει το Clubman να επιταχύνει στα 100 km/h σε 7.2 δευτερόλεπτα και να έχει τελική 228 km/h. Η μέση κατανάλωση είναι 6.2 λίτρα ανά 100 χιλιόμετρα και οι εκπομπές ρύπων 144 γραμμάρια ανά χιλιόμετρο. Κάπου στη μέση, τοποθετείται ο δίλιτρος, τετρακύλινδρος diesel με τα 150 άλογα. Σε αυτή την περίπτωση, τα 100 km/h από στάση έρχονται σε 8.6 δευτερόλεπτα, η τελική είναι 212 km/h, η μέση κατανάλωση 4.1 λίτρα / 100 χιλιόμετρα και οι εκπομπές 109 γρ/χλμ. Στη συνέχεια βέβαια, θα προστεθούν στην γκάμα επιπλέον κινητήρες.

Δελτίο Τύπου

The new MINI Clubman. • Continuation of the generation change in the MINI model family; new MINI Clubman as an innovative vehicle concept for the premium compact segment; unique combination of functionality, everyday practicality and long-distance suitability offering driving fun, premium charisma and individuality in MINI style.

• New interpretation of the tradition-steeped shooting brake concept adapted to the demands of the compact class for the first time; powerful front section with inlets for Air Curtain at the front wheel arches; dynamically stretched silhouette with four side doors and a shoulder contour that emphasises the car’s width; long roof line and fin antenna with red alarm system status light; steep rear with characteristic split doors, Clubman model inscription and integrated, horizontal lights; new paint finishes Melting Silver metallic and Pure Burgundy metallic; roof and exterior mirror caps in white, black or silver contrast finish.

• MINI Clubman with clearly matured character as compared to its predecessor in terms of versatility, space and product substance; exterior and interior dimensions significantly more generous, also in comparison to the new MINI 5 door: length + 27 centimetres, width + 9 centimetres, wheelbase + 10 centimetres; five fully-fledged seats; luggage compartment volume: 360 litres; rear backrest with 40 : 20 : 40 folding split; maximum storage volume: 1 250 litres.

• Entirely newly designed interior; broad instrument panel with cockpit facia frame in upper section; instrument cluster on the steering column; harmoniously integrated circular central instrument with LED lighting ring and display for vehicle, infotainment, phone and navigation functions; air conditioning control unit and toggle switch below the central instrument; centre console with electric parking brake, storage compartments, two cup holders, MINI Controller and armrest; high-end decorative strips for centre console and door trim panels.

• Market launch of the new MINI Clubman with three engine variants (combined fuel consumption: 6.2 – 4.1 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 144 – 109 g/km); petrol and diesel engines of the new generation with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology; premiere for 4-cylinder diesel engine (110 kW/150 hp) in the MINI Cooper D Clubman; MINI Cooper Clubman with 100 kW/136 hp 3-cylinder engine, MINI Cooper S Clubman with 141 kW/192 hp 4-cylinder petrol engine.

• Power transmission to the front wheels as standard via 6-speed transmission; 8-speed Steptronic transmission optionally available for the first time in a MINI (MINI Cooper S Clubman and MINI Cooper D Clubman), also 8-speed Steptronic sport transmission (MINI Cooper S Clubman); 6-speed Steptronic transmission as an optional extra for the MINI Cooper Clubman; extensive MINIMALISM technology including auto start/stop function and optional GREEN mode.

• Highest level of ride comfort and brand-based go-kart feeling ever seen in a MINI due to high-quality suspension technology that is unique within the competitive field; single-joint strut front axle with completely newly developed components; multilink rear axle optimised on a model-specific basis; maximum agility due to particularly large track width, weight-optimised construction and high level of stiffness; electromechanical power steering with Servotronic function as standard.

• Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) as standard including Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC), also with Performance Control in the MINI Cooper S Clubman; model-specific spring and damper set-up; sports suspension and Dynamic Damper Control optionally available; standard trim with light alloy wheels in 16-inch or 17-inch (MINI Cooper S Clubman) format; light alloy wheels optionally available up to 19 inches.

• MINI Driving Modes optionally available for individual car set-up; rotary switch at the base of the gear or selector lever to activate MID, SPORT and GREEN modes; capacity to influence characteristic curves of the acceleration and steering, the shift dynamics of the Steptronic transmission and Dynamic Damper Control; GREEN mode in conjunction with Steptronic transmission including coasting with decoupled drivetrain.

• Weight-optimised and crash-optimised body structure; standard safety fittings include front and side airbags, side curtain airbags, 3-point automatic belts on all seats, at front with belt tensioners and adaptive belt force limiters, ISOFIX children’s seat attachment at rear and optionally also on the front passenger seat, tyre pressure display; excellent acoustic and vibrational comfort.

• Wide range of innovative driver assistance systems: MINI Head-Up-Display, Parking Assistant, rear view camera and Driving Assistant including camera-based active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning with initial brake function, high beam assistant and road sign detection.

• High-end standard trim including features such as air conditioning, radio with USB interface and AUX-IN socket, Bluetooth telephone hands-free facility, rain sensor with automatic driving lights control and electric parking brake.

• Innovative optional lighting technology: LED headlamp including LED daytime driving light and LED rear lights; adaptive light distribution and LED turning light; LED fog light.

• Model-specific MINI Excitement Package with LED interior and ambient lighting as well as novel projection of the MINI logo from the exterior mirror on the driver’s side when opening and closing the car; MINI Yours Interior Styles with backlit door bezels for the first time; alarm system including red LED status light integrated in fin antenna.

• Wide-ranging options for increased comfort and functionality: electrically adjustable seats with memory function for the driver for the first time in MINI, as well as sports seats and John Cooper Works sports seats; Comfort Access exclusively for the MINI Clubman with non-contact opening of the split doors (easy opener); 2-zone automatic air conditioning; seat heating; electrically operated panorama glass roof; electrical heatable and foldable exterior mirrors; interior and exterior mirrors with automatic dip function; multifunction steering wheel; through-loading system with rear backrest in 40 : 20 : 40 split; trailer tow hitch; MINI navigation system Professional; Radio MINI Visual Boost; Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system.

• Extensive range of options for exterior and interior individualisation: John Cooper Works Aerodynamics Kit; Chrome Line exterior; roof rails; large selection of seat types, decorative surfaces and interior colours; exclusive John Cooper Works and MINI Yours fitting options.

• MINI Connected in-car infotainment program unique within the competitive field; Intelligent Emergency Call and MINI TeleServices available for use with permanently installed SIM card; wide range of functions and the opportunity for ongoing expansion due to apps that allow integration in the car via smartphone; exclusive MINI functions such as Mission Control, Dynamic Music, Driving Excitement and MINIMALISM Analyser; MINI Connected XL Journey Mate with Real Time Traffic Information; online connection also allows the use of social networks such as Twitter, foursquare and Glympse, the reception of RSS news feeds and entertainment programs such as Spotify, GoPro, AUPEO!, Stitcher, Deezer, Audible, Napster/Rhapsody and TuneIn.

• Engine variants:

MINI Cooper S Clubman: 4-cylinder petrol engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology (turbocharging, direct injection, fully variable valve control, variable camshaft control), capacity: 1 998 cc, output: 141 kW/192 hp at 5 000 rpm, max. torque: 280 Nm at 1 250 rpm (300 Nm with overboost), acceleration (0–100 km/h): 7.2 seconds (automatic: 7.1 seconds), top speed: 228 km/h (228 km/h), average fuel consumption*: 6.3 – 6.2 litres (5.9 – 5.8 litres)/100 kilometres, CO2 emissions*: 147 – 144 g/km (137 – 134 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper Clubman: 3-cylinder petrol engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology (turbo charging, direct injection, fully variable valve control, variable camshaft control), capacity: 1 499 cc, output: 100 kW/136 hp at 4 400 rpm, max. torque: 220 Nm at 1 250 rpm (230 Nm with overboost), acceleration (0–100 km/h): 9.1 seconds (automatic: 9.1 seconds), top speed: 205 km/h (205 km/h), average fuel consumption*: 5.3 – 5.1 litres (5.3 – 5.1 litres)/100 kilometres, CO2 emissions*: 123 – 118 g/km (123 – 118 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

MINI Cooper D Clubman: 4-cylinder diesel engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology (turbocharger with variable turbine geometry, common rail direct injection), capacity: 1 955 cc, output: 110 kW/150 hp at 4 000 rpm, max. torque: 330 Nm at 1 750 rpm, acceleration (0–100 km/h): 8.6 seconds (automatic: 8.5 seconds), top speed: 212 km/h (212 km/h), average fuel consumption*: 4.4 – 4.1 litres (4.4 – 4.1 litres)/100 kilometres, CO2 emissions*: 115 – 109 g/km (115 – 109 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.

* EU test cycle figures, fuel consumption dependent on the selected tyre format.

• Exterior dimensions: Length: 4 253 millimetres) Width: 1 800 millimetres Height: 1 441 millimetres) Wheelbase: 2 670 millimetres

New MINI Clubman redefines compact class Focus on five models Repositioning of MINI brand First manufacturer to offer built-in car-sharing option New corporate design

Munich/Berlin. The BMW Group is realigning the MINI brand’s product and brand strategy. At the world premiere of the new MINI Clubman in Berlin, Peter Schwarzenbauer, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for MINI, Rolls-Royce, BMW Motorrad and After Sales, explained how he plans to develop the brand: “Since its creation in 1959, the MINI brand has always stood for ideas, inspiration and passion. That will not change. The new MINI Clubman is the symbol of our refined brand philosophy: We will concentrate in future on five core models with strong characters. We will open ourselves up to new ideas and new business areas. We will develop the brand’s visual identity. We are expanding our offering into the premium compact class, which will attract new customers and avid MINI fans. I firmly believe that this comprehensive realignment will enable us to continue the MINI brand’s unique success story.”

Record sales and sustainable growth After a strong start to the year with double-digit growth, MINI delivered around 163,000 vehicles in the first half of 2015. “We are heading for the best June in MINI history, meaning our sales will be up more than 20%,” explained Schwarzenbauer. “We will carry this momentum forward into the second half of the year and I am optimistic that MINI will achieve a new sales high in 2015.”

After the MINI relaunch under the BMW Group in 2001, sales increased fivefold in the first year. Today, annual MINI sales are roughly twelve times higher. MINI was the first brand in automotive history to set premium standards for the small car segment. Now, with the positioning of the MINI Clubman in a higher vehicle class, MINI will once again raise the bar for top-class design and high-end product substance, thereby gaining new customers.

MINI enters the premium compact class and leverages synergies With its entry into a higher vehicle class, the new and roomier MINI Clubman will appeal to customers who particularly appreciate outstanding design and driving fun combined with everyday drivability and long-distance suitability, versatility and comfort. The extension of the compact class product range coincides with the introduction of a common front-wheel-drive architecture which will be used across different models and brands.

The new MINI Clubman is entering the market segment that promises the strongest growth in the future. Market studies forecast annual growth of four per cent for the premium compact segment, which will account for more than 27% of the total global premium passenger car market by 2020. MINI will participate in this growth. MINI customers increasingly choose a higher level of options. The company expects the percentage of sporty Cooper S models to account for up to a third of sales, depending on the model series, over the medium term. The share of ultra-high-performance John Cooper Works models is set to almost double to five per cent of the MINI model range.

Car-sharing solutions for private vehicles Another milestone in the MINI innovation offensive will be a car-sharing solution for private vehicles. Society’s shift towards a “sharing economy” also fuels the success of the car-sharing concept DriveNow, which benefits to a large extent from the appeal of the MINI brand in cities. Peter Schwarzenbauer explained the thinking behind the new MINI service offering: “Society and the automotive industry are undergoing radical change. MINI customers are among the most progressive, open-minded target groups. So it makes sense for us to offer a car-sharing option for MINI starting in 2016.”

A new optional equipment package will enable MINI customers to share their MINI with others. MINI customers can make their vehicle available to DriveNow when not in use. This is also an attractive feature for fleet customers, enabling optimum use of fleet vehicles. This option will initially be available in the US in 2016 and later in DriveNow cities. In a further step, MINI will also enable a new form of vehicle lending (“peer-to-peer car sharing”) for a defined circle of family and friends.

MINI reinvents itself – with new corporate design MINI is a brand that captures and drives the spirit of the times. It is in the brand’s DNA to constantly reinvent itself. Now is the time for another such reinvention, as MINI creates a new visual identity for itself. At the heart of the brand design is the unique brand and product experience MINI has always stood for. The original idea behind the MINI design was to develop a highly-efficient vehicle focused on the essentials, but which had the agility to offer a one-of-a-kind driving experience. This combination of clear, emotional design with a focus on the essential will now also define the brand’s new look. A two-dimensional logo, new typography and new tonality underscore the basic idea of clarity and authenticity and will ensure the brand continues to shape the spirit of the times.