The latest Mini Clubman shows how the diminutive brand will go in a larger, more utilitarian direction in the future. The next step might make the wagon an even more versatile option for buyers. A rumor fromMotoringFile that cites “sources familiar with the plans” claims that the vehicle will get the automaker’s next-gen All4 all-wheel-drive system as soon as spring 2016.
Allegedly the all-wheel-drive system derives from the setup that’s available on the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, which shares the Mini’s UKL platform. The layout uses a multiple-disk clutch at the rear axle to manage power to the back wheels and can route up to 100 percent of the grunt to the tail in a pinch. When extra traction isn’t needed there, power goes exclusively to the front.
The All4 system will allegedly be available on both the Clubman Cooper and Cooper S models, and MotoringFile estimatesthe cost of ticking the option box at around $1,500. After introducing the tech on the standard versions, a hotter John Cooper Works model capable of powering all of its wheels will also reportedly begin production around next November.
Mini will reportedly also offer this all-wheel-drive tech in the next-generation Countryman. The vehicle will use the UKL platform like the rest of the brand’s lineup, but the crossover will grow even larger to look more off-road ready, according to rumors.
We reached out to Mini USA spokesperson Mariella Kapsaskis, who says “she can’t confirm anything officially about an all-wheel drive Clubman or JCW variant.”