Mini is set to refresh its popular range of small family cars, starting with the Hatch, which will hit showrooms later this year.
> Next on the agenda is the bulbous, four-door Clubman that will not only be longer and wider than its predecessor but will also feature some striking new design elements, both inside and out.
Keen eyes will notice new headlamps and a re-modelled grille appear at the front, while the rear light clusters are quite a departure from the car it will eventually replace.
Mini says: "The themes of aerodynamics and air ducting are clearly highlighted in the exterior design.
"All openings and outlets are integrated in the geometry and elegantly shaped. Clearly defined wheel arches and the roof spoiler accentuate the car's dynamic appearance, underscoring the overall impression of sporty flair."
The characteristic split doors at the rear of the car remain, as does the increased load-lugging capacity and interior room that has drawn customer towards the Clubman since it was first introduced.
Although this has been labelled as a concept, it gives us a good indication of what we can expect in a production model. Inside, unusual materials have been used to get the concept talked about – nubuck, patent and soft nappa leather have all been added to inject a premium feel to the model.
A new central touchscreen system will also feature that retains Mini's trademark circular style but offers a clearer display and more intuitive controls.
One thing that has been scrapped is the slightly odd 'suicide' door arrangement that features on the current Clubman. Instead, the concept boasts four conventional doors that open in the conventional way as well three seats in the rear.