The Mini Clubman has had a motorbike-inspired rugged makeover for this one-off special in Italy
This is the Mini Clubman All4 Scrambler – a beefed-up Clubman All4 with styling flourishes inspired by the more rugged motorbikes of Mini owner BMW.
Unveiled in Italy, this one-off, off-road concept seeks to fuse the attraction of the common-or-garden Mini Clubman with BMW’s R nineT Scrambler motorbike.
Clad in big knobbly tyres and with raised suspension – much like its two-wheeled inspiration – the all-wheel-drive Clubman All4 Scrambler is painted in the same Midnight All4 Frozen Grey colour and features the bike’s circular headlights on its front grille.
The luggage rack harks back to the Mini Traveller of the 1970s, while silver detailing around the grille surround, windows and door handles adds a touch of contemporary bling. The interior is swathed in leather and Alcantara and there’s a smattering of Scrambler badges.
The car was revealed at the Salone dell’Auto Parco Valentino in Turin as part of celebrations marking 100 years of the BMW Group and 50 years of the brand in Italy.
Both Mini and BMW have been revealing special editions and concepts around the world to mark the centenary of the BMW brand. A Mini Vision Next 100 concept will be unveiled in London on 16 June.
A spokesperson for Mini UK said the All4 Scrambler was an Italy-only show car and there are no plans to put it into production, even as a less extreme, Audi A4 Allroad-rivalling variant of the standard Clubman, despite Mini’s recent history of exploring niches.
We’ve seen spy shots of the next Mini Countryman that suggest it will be a more serious SUV than the current-generation Mini crossover, so buyers wanting to venture away from the tarmac in a Mini may want to wait for the All4 all-wheel-drive variant of the new model.