Cracks in the dam: MINI Clubman specs and official pics

click above image to view 3 high-res shots of MINI Clubman, more to come

Although the MINI Clubman has been spied in a variety of guises over the past year, we've yet to get a full, unadulterated view of this new, more versatile hatch. InsideLine decided to let the Clubman's specs and a few pics out into the open before the embargo imposed by MINI officially lifts sometime on Friday (we think), and although it's what we've come to expect, the details are worth noting.

The Clubman rides on a stretched version of the traditional model's platform, with the addition of a suicide-style door on the passenger side to aid ingress and egress. Power delivery will come courtesy of the 1.6-liter four, producing 120 hp and 118 ft-lbs. of torque, while the 'S'-badged variant will benefit from a turbo huffing compressed air and allowing the 1.6-liter mill to produce 175 hp and 177 ft-lbs. of torque. European customers will also have their choice of a 110 HP, 177 ft-lbs. 1.6-liter common rail diesel, while everyone the world over will be able to get either a six-speed manual or optional automatic gearbox.

Sale dates and pricing have yet to be announced, but we'd expect something official soon, hopefully before the Clubman's debut in Frankfurt. In the meantime, check out the three images shown by InsideLine below, except know that ours are high-res and we have an additional 18 on their way once the embargo lifts.

[Source: InsideLine]

UPDATE: For those keeping score, InsideLine informs us that AutoWeek was the first outlet to publish the Clubman photos in its latest issue. We've since learned the photos should've been embargoed until this Sunday. Ah well...

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