As we told you back in January, the new MINI Clubman wagon will be debuting in September in Frankfurt. We also reported that the U.S. version should be shown in Detroit next year. What we didn't know was that the car will be going on sale in Europe in early 2008. That's the latest bit of info we just received via Inside Line. MINI will be offering the Clubman in exclusive colors, including Java Grey, Sand Glow and Hot Chocolate, the latter being the Clubman's launch color. Expect more details about interior flavors over the next few months. And thanks to MINI's dedicated website, we also have that recent teaser rendering of what the Clubman will look like, in profile at least. This despite the fact that there are dozens of spy pics of a nearly naked Clubman all over the net. In case you haven't figured it out yet, we're looking forward to this new MINI and suspect we're not alone.

[MotoringFile has a firsthand account of the private unveiling of the Clubman at the Oxford plant. Most of the information has been known or speculated, but some specifics include the wheelbase, lengthened by 80mm, while the rear overhang grows an additional 120mm. A few more details can be read here. -Ed. ]

[Source: Inside Line, MotoringFile]