2016 MINI Clubman
We never actually take the brand Mini seriously yes! It is a fun car which handles like a dream and can be used for weekend fun drives. But who ever thought that Mini can also be practical and also can replace your daily car. After BMW acquired Mini they wanted people to take this brand more seriously and as a result they have tried to expand the Mini range and launch some more practical cars without actually losing its original identity.
Mini introduced the Clubman back in 2007, although the vehicle looked identical to the Mini hatchback but the car actually received an extended form the cars B pillar onward. This has actually helped in increasing the rear seat legroom and also the cargo space at the rear. The best part about the Clubman is that this is perhaps the only car in the Mini lineup which is more practical than you think.
Now Mini will be launching the new Clubman in India in December 2016 and this will also be the first time that the BMW owned British car brand will launch the Clubman in this Country. The car will be sold in the Indian market via the CBU route and you can expect it to be launched in two variants. So without any further due go through all the details of the longest Mini which will make it to the Indian market soon.
Update 15.12.2016:- Mini has launched the Clubman in India today. The new car is available only in the Cooper S variant only. The prices and other details has been updated in this overview article
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Mini Has Launched The Second Generation Clubman In India Priced At INR. 37.90 Lakhs
Mini introduced the Clubman in India today, the second generation Clubamn has been priced at INR. 37,90,000 (ex-showroom New Delhi) and will be sold in the Indian market via the CBU route.
This is the first time in India’s car history that Mini introduced the elongated Cooper in India. In India the Clubman is available only in the Cooper S model which means that it gets the 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit which is capable of producing about 192 hp of peak power at 5, 000 rpm and 280 Nm of torque at 1,250 rpm. The engine is paired to a 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. If we talk about performance the Clubman is able to sprint from 0-100 km/h mark in 7.2 seconds while it has a top speed of 228 km/h mark.
As far as the exterior styling is concerned the Mini Clubman looks identical to the Cooper hatchback till the B-Pillar. Towards the front the car gets round headlamps which get LED headlamps and also integrated LED dfaytime running lamps as well. While there is chrome surround as well towards the edges of the headlamps. It also gets round shaped LED foglamps as well which is housed inside the front bumpers. The side profile gets 17 inch alloy wheels while the rear profile features chrome plated duel exhausts, LED taillamps and signature Barn doors.
Mini Gets New Scissor Doors As An Optional Equipment
To make sure people uses every inch of tight parking space they get inside the city Mini has decided to provide the new Mini with an optional scissor doors.
Initially this new feature will only be available with few Mini models which include the MINI 3 door, MINI Paceman and the new MINI Convertible. Later the benefits of the new feature will be extended to some other Mini models as well including the MINI 5 door, the 6-door MINI Clubman and MINI Countryman with their 2017 model year.
Now for those who are not aware of what a scissor door actually is, these doors open vertically unlike conventional doors which opens sideways and needs more space especially when you are parking your car in tight spaces. The electro hydraulically activated wing doors reduce parking space width including the amount of space which is required for both the driver and the front passenger to enter or exit their vehicle by an amazing 30 percent. Basically the Mini is just 1,727 millimeters wide and thus it can fit into any parking space with ease.
According to Dalf Rietmann, Head of Special Equipment Management with MINI, the doors can also be opened or closed via a remote control apart from conjunction access which is available as an additional extra. This conjunctional access allows the driver or the front passenger to open the doors by the help of a button fitted on the door handle. All you need is the ignition key on the driver’s pocket. Mini even has plans to open or close the doors with the help of a Smartphone and the ‘Mini excitement App’ which will be made available in the near future.
Mini Convertible 2016 Launched in India at 34.9 lakhs
The long awaited Mini Convertible 2016 has finally stepped on the Indian soil, at ex-showroom prices starting from 34.9 lakhs. At this price bracket, this new Mini Convertible is being touted as one of the most expensive hatchbacks on offer in the country. In addition to the Convertible 2016, Mini India (an entity of the BMW Group) sells three other models in its portfolio – Cooper, Cooper S, and Countryman.
The luxury hatchback segment in India has continuously showcased immense growth in the last couple of years. This growth is being attributed to the fact that the Indian economy is on an upward incline, but roads in the country are suffering from a shortage of space for large executive saloons. As a result, people are opting for hatchbacks that can offer luxuries of a high-end sedan, wrapped in relatively compact dimensions. Though Mini India was the only manufacturer fulfilling this customer requirement a couple of years back, various new brands have entered the luxury hatchback segment over time. In order to curb this competition, the British automaker has introduced the new Mini Convertible 2016 in the Indian market.
2016 MINI Cooper S Convertible
We are very much conscious about Volkswagen Beetle; those little bugs like vehicles have an irreplaceable and undeniable charm indeed. Although the German iconic car has a permanent place in every automobile enthusiast’s heart, but it is not sure why the MINI cars, which are substantially close to the Beetle’s, could not gain the permanent place in the petrol head’s heart.
Well, without going deeper we can assume Beetle has a long history and it was first produced as the first “people’s car” of the world. On the other hand, MINI vehicles have always delivered an elegant charm and aura which is not very close to the “people’s car” theory.
Coming back to India, BMW has made quite a profit in the country. But their subsidiary MINI couldn’t make it upto the mark. Only a few people of the country, mostly from the elegant class, use this car and that too, in a very small number. Getting Amitabh Bachchan as their prized customer MINI couldn’t afford a good share of Indian automobile market pie.
Convertibles bring us the charm and aura from the long gone era, when driving on street was so much pleasure, streets were not crowded. But as time evolved, convertibles also took a new face. MINI Cooper S Convertible come in the same way. The drop top version from the British iconic car manufacturer was unveiled a few days ago, just before the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. There is no news yet about the car launching in India. But as we have heard, this car may arrive in India sometime next year. Therefore we tried to bring our readers a detailed review of 2016 MINI Cooper S Convertible.
Update 17.03.2016: Mini Cooper S Converticble launched in India. We have updated the review with new informations and images.
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As we came to know, this decision was taken due to the poor sales figure of the model, although in April, 2012 when BMW rolled their famous Mini brand in Indian market, it got a good initial response with more than 100 bookings even before the launch of the first dealership here, although later the sales figure was not even satisfactory. We assume, that is the reason behind stopping the assembling of Mini Countryman in India.
The highpoint was outside Europe; BMW’s Chennai plant was the only the single unit worldwide, where any Mini model was assembled. However, BMW spokesperson said, this decision was taken due to the generation change of the brand, although reports are that. The next generation Countryman will be in the market next year only, so there stays only one reason behind the abrupt suspension of assembling, which is poor sales figure.
Although the Mini Countryman assembling is suspended as of now, the sales procedure will be open, with all the units coming to Indian market as completely built units (CBU).
Although Mini is a popular brand all over Europe, with all of its models, but in India they found it quite tough to impress people with their luxury hatchbacks, as Indian market is basically not that open toward expensive models. Since the launch of Mini brand in India, till the end of 2014, the total number of sales of Mini cars is 1123 units, which means BMW sold a little less than 400 Mini units every year. With next generation Volkswagen Beetle soon to be re-launched in Indian market as well as the Fiat Abarth 500 or Fiat Abarth 595 Competizione too, this assembling suspension decision can become a reason for other premium hatchback makers to rethink before they launch their precious units in India.
In the recently released movie Piku, he had a serious problem with her daughter in the driving seat of Toyota Innova, but in real life Amitabh Bachhan seems to have sheer passion to drive instead of sitting at the rear seats, and that passion comes with another interest, which is getting the luxury cars at his garage.
The success Amitabh Bachhan got in his long spanned career is beyond envy, just like his car collection. Presently he owns few of the most luxurious vehicles in the country, such as Rolls Royce Phantom, Bentley continental GT, Bentley Arnage R, Mercedes Benz SL500, Porsche Cayman S, Range Rover Vogue, Lexus LX470, Mercedes Benz E240, BMW X5, BMW 7 series, Mercedes S 320, Toyota Land Cruiser and many more.
Today we would like to take our readers to have a look at Big B’s garage.
This is perhaps the best Cooper that Mini had created yet and we knew it’s true because Mini already launched the 3 door Cooper D and the 5 Door Cooper D in the Indian market. The new comes with lot of noteworthy changes and quite honestly it is the most practical Mini ever made. Based on the new UKL front wheel drive platform (which by the way is also shared with the BMW 1 series), the new hatchback perhaps in not exactly a “Mini car” anymore because it is taller, broader, and wider than the previous Mini, what was even more surprising was the fact they even considered a 5 door hatchback variant besides the other models which had practicality of a premium hatch.
We all know that Mini is available with different engine options and variants and the most powerful variants amongst them all is the Cooper S which was actually introduced way back in the year 1963 to the Mini lineup. The Cooper S variant of the Mini was created specifically for the competitive racing purposes and till now it has a reputation of a “hatch which handles like a Go-cart”.
Powered by a new twin turbo 4 cylinders 2.0 Litre petrol engine which is actually more powerful than the unit it replaces besides also being the biggest and the most powerful engine ever used under the hood of a Mini hatch. Interestingly! This new hatch surely can throw some punch when required; it has an impressive overall top speed of 230 km/h while also offering practicality which perhaps was the biggest concerns for many Mini customers earlier.
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If you are planning to get your hands on any BMW or Mini luxury cars then get ready to pay 5 percent more because BMW Group India has already declared that they will be increasing prices of both their BMW and Mini products which will be effective from 1st January 2015 onward.
BMW India Group’s long term responsible thinking and action has been the reason for their success. They want to maintain a sustainable leadership in the Indian market with their with their exceptional model range and the unbeatable product substance. They also want to remain in the premium positioning in the Indian luxury car segment by increasing their products prices.
BMW product portfolio currently consists of the entry level 1 series hatchback followed by the 3 series, the 3 Series Gran Turismo, the 5 Series, the 6 Series Gran Coupe , the 7 Series and lastly the ActiveHybrid 7 while their SUV section consists of the entry level X1, the X3, the X5 and the X6. BMW also offers their high performance M cars which consist of the recently launched M3 Sedan, the M4 Coupe, the M5 Sedan and the M6 Gran Coupe. Beside all this BMW also sells the Z4 convertible in the Indian market.
On the other hand their Mini product range consists of the MINI 3-door, MINI 5-door, MINI Convertible and the MINI Countryman SUV. BMW has plans to introduce their updated range in the Indian market and also their Hybrid Sportscar which they already showcased at the 2014 auto expo in 2015 here in India.
Records are meant to be broken and this week is perhaps the week where numbers of interesting records is being made. We have already showed you the video of the highest truck jump and now its turn for the record involving two cars amongst which one is actually driving on two wheels.
In this video you can watch Han Yue from China achieving the Guinness World record of performing the most number of donuts around a car driving on two wheels. Han Yue was driving a BMW M4 Coupe while the BMW Mini 3 door which was moving on two wheels was driven by Zhang Shengjun. Han completed a total of 10 successful donuts around the Mini 3 door in just 1 minute. It is really a tough stunt to perform but Han has actually made the stunt look easy with his great driving skills and accurate timing sense.
Han Yue is the same person who holds the record of tightest parallel parking in a MINI hatch. Han was able to slide his MINI 3 door hatch into a tight parking space and left a gap of just 8 cm longer than the car he was driving (The video of has been provided below.)
The demand of entry level compact premium cars in India is fast rising and we also have seen number of premium car manufacturers cashed in that idea and met success. BMW owned Mini also entered the Indian market quite some time ago and although they haven’t seen huge success like the other German rivals but surely their new product strategy and the new launches can change their fate because Mini today launched their new generation 3 door and 5 door hatchback in India with prices starting at INR. 31.85 Lakhs (all India ex showroom) for the 3 door variant while the 5 door variant is priced at INR. 35.85 Lakhs (all India ex showroom) which also being considered as the more practical Mini for our Indian market.
Now as far as their engine option goes the Mini 3 door variant gets 2 engine options which includes both petrol and diesel units. The Mini Cooper D is powered by a 1.5 Litre 3 cylinder diesel unit which is coupled with a 6 speed automatic transmission. This diesel unit produces about 114 hp of peak power and 270 Nm of torque, the Mini Cooper D 3 door variant can accelerate from 0-100km/h mark in 9.2 seconds and has a top speed of 200 km/h mark. While the petrol unit Cooper S is powered by a 2.0-liter four cylinder petrol engine coupled with the same 6 speed auto gearbox. This petrol unit produces about 192 hp and 280 Nm of torque which allows the hatch to accelerate from 0-100 km/h mark in 6.7 seconds while the top speed is about 233 km/h mark.
On the other hand the Mini Cooper 5 Door variant is only offered with a 1.5 litre diesel 3 cylinder engine which produces the same amount of power and torque 114 hp and 270 Nm to be exact. Unfortunately the next generation Mini is offered only with automatic transmission for our Indian market.
We already have reported earlier that Mini will be launching their new hatch on 19th November 2014 and Indian car enthusiast and the Mini lovers will able to get their hands on both 3 door and 5 door hatch this time. The most interesting part however is that even before its launch the engine specifications and other details are already out on the internet, the Mini which will be launching tomorrow will be available with a total of 6 engine options as of now while the more powerful John Cooper will perhaps make it here in India in near future.
The base Mini which will be called Mini One (available only with three door variant) will be powered by the 1.2 litre, 3 cylinder unit which will produce about 102 hp of peak power and 180 Nm of torque. This engine can reach the 0-100 km/h mark from standstill in just 10.1 seconds while it has a top speed of 192 km/h. While the other base Mini One D Diesel (available only with three door variant)will be powered by the 1.5 litre engine, 3 cylinder unit which produces about 136 hp of peak power and 220 Nm of torque, this engine accelerates from 0-100km/h in just 11.4 seconds while it has a top speed of 187 km/h.
The mid Mini Cooper variant will be powered by 1.5 litre 3 cylinder engine which will produce about 136 hp of peak power and 220 Nm of torque; it can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 8.2 seconds. Whereas the Mini Cooper Diesel is also powered by 1.5 Litre, 3 cylinder diesel unit which produces about 116 hp of peak power and 270 Nm of torque this can accelerate from 0-100 km/h mark in 9.4 seconds and has a top speed of 203 km/h mark.