2016 Mini Clubman, Cooper convertible debut before LA Auto Show


BMW engines, a la carte options

2016 Mini Clubman for LA Auto Show Photo 4Mini previewed its new Clubman and Cooper convertible on Tuesday before the Los Angeles Auto Show. We don’t have too much to go on except the Mini Cooper convertible is “new” and the Clubman is “all new and redesigned.” Mini will also bring its 500,000th Countryman to the show, just to celebrate the production milestone.

Starting with the Clubman, Mini says it’s the first time it has been developed separately from the Cooper Hardtop, moving fully into a larger class of vehicle. The new Clubman features a bunch of a la carte options including several special upholsteries designed for the vehicle, such as smooth-grained indigo blue leather with diamond stitching or burgundy leather with suede-like Dinamica trim.

Standard equipment on the base model includes a six-speed manual transmission with rev-matching function, Mini Connected infotainment system with 6.5-inch high-resolution display, third-party app support, Bluetooth audio streaming and voice control, leather-wrapped three-spoke multifunction steering wheel and gearshift lever, dual-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, keyless ignition, 12-color ambient interior lighting, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, 16-inch forged alloy wheels in “Loop Spoke” design, carbon black leatherette upholstery, Mini driving modes with green, mid, and sport settings and automatic headlights.

The Clubman will come with the choice of a BMW-developed three- or four-cylinder turbocharged engine, and with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic. The three-cylinder will deliver 134 hp and 162 lb-ft while the four in the S model will make 189 hp and 207 lb-ft.

The Clubman and Clubman S go on sale in January 2016.