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Five-door Mini on the loose

Mini has revealed the first details of its five-door Clubman model, which will go on sale in the UK on November 10.

Available from launch in three engine variants: Cooper D, Cooper and Cooper S. Mini said the styling of the Clubman was taken from the styling cues of the Morris Mini Traveller, Austin Mini Countryman and the Mini Clubman Estate, which enjoyed success in the 1960s.

The new Clubman is 24cm longer than the hatch, stretching legroom by 8cm for rear passengers. Boot capacity has increased to 260 litres with the seats in place and up to 930 litres with the rear seats down. The new model features split rear doors and a ‘clubdoor’ on the right-hand side.

Standard specification includes six-speed manual gearbox, auto start-stop, brake energy regeneration and a gearshift point indicator on all variants. A six-speed automatic transmission is available as an option on all models.

All three derivatives will be built at Plant Oxford, where £100 million has been invested in the past two years to increase production up to 240,000 by 2008.

As with the hatch models, the petrol engines will be assembled at Plant Hams Hall in the midlands and the body panels and sub-assemblies are from Plant Swindon.

MINI Cooper £14,235
MINI Cooper D £15,400
MINI Cooper S £17,210

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