MINI is considering increasing the size of the Clubman next generation, turning him into an SUV.
In America, MINI is losing its popularity, since its the only SUV Countryman most Americans believe is too small. The transition to SUVs has caused a sharp decline in sales of hatchbacks and sedans in General, which led to the decline in dealerships.
The chief designer of MINI Oliver Heilmer hinted during an interview with Autocar that the next model Clubman can go to format of the SUV. Now 6-door wagon is slightly shorter and wider than its native “brother,” at the same time, they both take the same level of market value. It is unknown whether the Clubman will be more to distinguish it from Countryman or will grow last, providing 2 SUV’s of various sizes. In addition, the “price of development is also a problem.”
“It’s not necessarily the internal combustion engine (ice), which need space – even electrocare with less motor, you still need an emergency box” – continued Halmar, implying gradually deforming and durable design around the power unit. “The loss of power is a more important problem.”
Another difficulty relates to “an electric motor which can continue work.” This circumstance after an accident, usually do not pertain to cars with internal combustion engines. This Mini is considering a new type electroparadise foam between the sheathing of the front bumper and crash bar, which can potentially decrease the hatchback, much criticized for the excessive front overhang, and increase its price.