Is Mini constricting its staggering array of model variants or expanding it? That depends largely on which way you look at it. Because while some models may not make the cut as the second-generation family is gradually replaced with the third, others appear to be joining the fold. They just might not bear different model names.

Take, for example, the vehicle pictured here. It's a five-door version of the latest Mini hatchback, but won't necessarily replace the Clubman wagon – particularly since that's precisely what appears to be pictured alongside it. While the five-door hatch appears to simply add an extra set of portals – full-size ones, from the look of it, not backwards-opening half-doors – to the existing three-door version, the new Clubman appears not only longer but also wider, giving it that much more interior space.

Of course that could all be an optical illusion generated by swirly camouflage designed to do just that, but from the apparent readiness of both models, we'll find out one way or another soon enough – whatever they're called.


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      James John
      • 7 Months Ago
      Simply awful.
      hemusbull
      • 7 Months Ago
      MINI is like the van: with the years it begun bigger and bigger and carries the name Mini(van)....What a joke!
      eimaj702
      • 7 Months Ago
      whats next a MINI sedan?
        cpmanx
        • 7 Months Ago
        @eimaj702
        You may think you are joking, but it's an idea under serious considerations. http://www.autonews.com/article/20130805/OEM04/308059975/mini-plans-to-add-wagon-van-and-maybe-a-sedan
        Dave
        • 7 Months Ago
        @eimaj702
        Nope, the Mini Gran Turismo
      Terry Actill
      • 7 Months Ago
      I remember when the Mini was fun. My mate had a bright orange one and we'd fake rally it around the countryside. We were silly sods, but it was the most fun I've had in a car until I met the girl I married. These BIG MINI cars are all bogus.
        Koenigsegg
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Terry Actill
        seems like you and your mate did a lot more than ride around in a car
          Terry Actill
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Koenigsegg
          Wow. Are you suggesting I am a homosexual and he was a homosexual and we did homosexual acts in a Mini? I think you just might be suggesting that. You may have missed the bit about the "girl I married". Idiot.
      chrismcfreely
      • 7 Months Ago
      Good, make like thirty or forty versions, so I can still buy none of them. ( :
      KaBoomBOX
      • 7 Months Ago
      Two more doors on the current MINI "hardtop" adds more utility/practicality. I totally loved the Clubman Concept shown at the Geneva show, hope that the new one comes close to that long roof MINI wagon.
        ForcedInduction90012
        • 7 Months Ago
        @KaBoomBOX
        The "Clubman" concept is a thinly veiled production model. It's been confirmed that it will have the barn doors like the current clubby, as well as 4-full size doors. The center pipes however are gone, in favor of the dual outlet layout of the current model. As a R56 S owner, my biggest issue with the new MINI is the front of the car. I also am disappointed that they dulled down the engine and exhaust noises so much in the S trim, and didn't launch the 5-door hatch at the same time.
      IS-F Hegemony
      • 7 Months Ago
      If you zoom in close in the vehicle to the left, the "clubman", through the windshield of the vehicle on the right, the "5 door", you will see that the "clubman" has a door handle like the 5 door and likely also has 5 doors.
      mikeybyte1
      • 7 Months Ago
      I actually like this idea. A bit more mainstream but also more practical to offer buyers the option. Much like Ford used to do with the 3 or 5 door Focus, and 3 and 5 door Fiesta. Based on the pics the Clubman does look to be a bit bigger. But it needs to be substantially bigger inside and out to justify its existence.
      Jmaister
      • 7 Months Ago
      so a 5 door 1 series then? if this was to be an affordable alternative FUN vehicle, sure~~~~! but since its Mini, one can opt til their wallet implode, and where on earth they find they N-E-E-D 5 dr variant?
      Jamie Elmhirst
      • 7 Months Ago
      Well, that's homely.
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