Mini reveals eighth model – Clubman All4
Mini has added yet another model to their expanding lineup, this time taking the hyper practical Clubman and adding All4 four-wheel abilities drive to it.
A four-wheel drive version of the vehicle manufacturer’s pack mule might seem not nuanced enough to call a new model, but Mini believes that their new clutch driven four-wheel drive system is indeed unique enough to warrant the additional form.
A clutch sits between the front and the rear wheels and is for the most part in the deactivated mode; resulting in all of the engine’s power being sent to the front wheels. When the car detects a loss of traction, it can immediately direct torque to the rear.
Mini has also installed a new driving dynamics system for the four-wheel drive that can brake or send power to the individual wheels, essentially giving the driving system torque vectoring control per wheel.
The result is a Mini Clubman that is 30% more efficient regarding fuel consumption and torque use when the car is only being powered by the front wheels, and that can straighten a fading line during hard cornering. The Mini is of course also more usable on snow and ice; a real concern for European buyers.
Mini has realised that the four-wheel drive setup makes this Mini a premium product and have therefore decided only to release it with their range topping engines. The 140 kW 280 Nm of torque Clubman S engine will be joined by the similarly powered diesel SD. The SD makes do with 135 kW but gains a huge boost in torque, pegging it at 400 Nm.
Despite its power, the diesel is more fuel efficient than the petrol, is only available with the eight-speed automatic gearbox and is 0.3sec slower that the petrol in a 0-100km/h sprint.
The petrol will be available in a choice of either a six-speed manual or the eight-speed automatic.
The Clubman All4 is scheduled for release at the New York motor show next month.