It may look like the Mini 5 door at a glance but what you are actually looking at is a test mule of the new Mini Clubman, or an as near to damn it production version you can get.
Unfortunately the next generation Clubman won’t be anything as exciting to look at as the Clubman Concept that was unveiled last year.
The Clubman name is a clever marketing moniker for what is in reality a Mini estate, but Clubman sounds much more enhanced than the mundane sounding estate.
The Clubman’s 2+1 side doors and rear barn doors will be retained , when it’s unveiled at the Geneva Motorshow in March it will become the biggest Mini in the range.
The new Mini Clubman will rest on a stretched venison of the company’s new UKL1 platform and at 4.2 meters it will measure slightly longer than the Countryman.
The current engine range will be retained such as the 2.0-litre diesel and petrol engines as well as the new generation of 3-cylinder turbo petrol engines with the usual six speed manual or automatic transmissions also on offer.
Expect to see a John Copper works version later on in the year, these car companies are so predictable.