Sunday, December 20, 2009

2009 MINI One Clubman: New Entry-Level Model to Debut in Geneva

MINI is one of the first automakers to reveal details on the cars they plan to introduce at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show on March 3, 2009. BMW Group's subsidiary will reveal a new entry-level model in the Clubman range called One. Like the MINI One hatchback, the more practical Clubman One is powered by a 1.4-litre, four cylinder petrol engine producing 95HP. A short-shifting 6-speed manual transmission is standard, while buyers can also opt for a 6-speed auto with manual-shift capability.

Equipped with a Brake Energy Regeneration system, Auto Start Stop and Shift Point Display as standard, the base Clubman achieves a combined fuel consumption figure of 52.3 mpg UK (43.5 mpg U.S. or 5.4 lt /100 km). Although less powerful than the Cooper, the Clubman One will retain the same steering and suspension set-up as its sportier sibling.

The MINI One Clubman will go on sale across Europe by the end of March and it will be available new exterior color combinations including silver or black variants with the same colour C-pillars (previously the C-Pillar was always supplied in a contrasting shade). Prices in the UK have been set at £13,290 OTR. Comparatively, the 120HP Clubman Cooper starts at £14,515.

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