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MINI Unveils Clubman ALL4 Model

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On: Sat, Jan 23, 2016 at 9:06AM | By: Carl Malek

MINI Unveils Clubman ALL4 Model

MINI has high hopes rolling on its fleet of all-wheel drive models, and it has unveiled the next member of the group, the 2016 MINI Clubman ALL4, which brings the ALL4 system to a smaller platform, while also ushering in new levels of efficiency and performance.

Like its two brand cousins, the Countryman and the Paceman ALL4, the Clubman version is equippedwith the latest iteration of its familiar ALL4 all-wheel drive system, but they have tweaked it to be more efficient and performance-oriented than before. This is done by an electrohydraulically actuated hang-on clutch which is operated by the computer in the dynamic stability control (DSC). This enables the Clubman to spend the majority of its time in front-wheel drive. However, when additional traction is needed especially on slippery roads, the system engages and manages the torque balance between the front and rear wheels.

Performance for the Clubman ALL4 will come from a pair of TwinPower turbocharged engines with the base 134-horsepower engine seeing duty in entry level variants, while sportier "S" models will retain their familiar 189-horsepower variant of the engine. Power from both engines is routed to all four wheels through either a six-speed manual gearbox or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission, which mirrors what is seen on non-ALL4 equipped Clubmans. This should please MINI fans and allow S-equipped All4s to make the sprint to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds or 6.6 seconds when equipped with the eight-speed automatic. These figures are roughly 0.3 seconds better than the FWD version, and the addition of all-wheel drive will give them an edge in sprints when paired against other FWD cars.

Both versions of the ALL4 are equipped with selective braking technology that replicates a differential lock situation to prevent the inside wheel from spinning when exiting a sharp bend, which helps keep its handling manners in check. Buyers looking for more performance can add the John Cooper Works Package which adds a specially tuned performance control function that preemptively brakes both inside wheels to help reduce performance-robbing understeer.

The ALL4 model is also the indirect subject of a recent string of rumors that suggest the company is working on an all-new hybrid all-wheel drive system that would use an electric motor to provide power to the rear axle. This system would help improve efficiency while reducing the weight that the system adds to the car. MINI for its part has not released any statements on the alleged next generation drivetrain technology, but look for more information to appear if the system is indeed being developed.

Look for the Clubman ALL4 to begin arriving in MINI showrooms in April.

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