• Jun 26th 2007 at 8:10AM
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We've seen so many spy shots of the Clubman, we were considering skipping MINI's press conference altogether, but one aspect of the Clubman's physique has remained elusive -- until now. Shots of the hatch of MINI's new elongated compact have surfaced over at km77 and as previous reports have confirmed, it's a vertically split tailgate. A duo of handles, wipers and exhaust tips give the Clubman a balanced boot, while the plastic color-matched C-pillars, taillight surrounds and bumper guard tie the roof to the new rear-end.

The Clubman is set to be released next month, with its official unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show. These shots, reportedly taken during a commercial photo shoot, take even more wind out of the MINI's sails, but we doubt it will dampen the enthusiasm of would-be buyers.

[Source: km77 via Motor Authority]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd like to have a Mini diesel as my next car. The problem until now has been that the short wheelbase of the current car makes for a poor ride over upper mid-western roads and BMW hasn't offered a diesel. The longer wheelbase on this car should help the ride considerably. Now, give us the diesel version and I'm set.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The rear color matching is really really ugly...I'm hoping this will be left out.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Very interesting concept and design. It is nice Mini is adding another dimension to their brand and addressing it
      to a different audience. In my opinion, this should have AWD standard and not waste time building the SUV model that is planned for production at BMW's plant in S. Carolina. As an earlier blogger mentioned, they should also make a speedster with a mental top, that would work.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Aetius, the original mini came in many models, such as a traveller wagon, a van, and even a pickup (just to name three), so this is very much in the spirit of the original. It's actually my favorite old british car...one day I *will* own one!

      On another note, I don't really like the contrasting colors on the back end...I hope that's just an option =(
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think it looks awesome. I love he swinging rear doors and the matching roof - rear tail light panels. I'd be really keen on looking into one of these things if I didn't already know that it will be insanely expensive.
      • 8 Years Ago
      does anyone else think this is really really ugly?
      • 8 Years Ago
      My wife's been wanting a Mini forever. I've thought this one would be great for her. But that plasticrap trim from the roof to the bumper? Gotta go.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm not crazy about it.In my opinion a MINI SPEEDSTER would have been a better move.What I mean by that is a 2 seat MINI with a retractable hardtop,slightly more raked windsheild and a very short, conventionally hinged trunk .
      • 8 Years Ago
      Some appear to have the second half-door on each side, and some don't. Wassup?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I was hoping that the little taillights in all of the previous spy shots were fake, but seeing this and the roof color coming down does not make me happy. All excitement that I had for this model is gone now.

      Does anyone think that they'll offer a traditional rear door also? I am not really keen on this either....
      • 8 Years Ago
      Whats up with that silver pant down the back sides and across the bumper. That would have to go.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Aetius: "If you need more room, go buy something else. The whole point of a Mini is in it's name."

      Shows your ignorance of Mini history.
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