The next-generation Mini Clubman could grow up, literally, to become the brand's second crossover model.
Oliver Heilmer, Mini's head of design, hinted as much in an interview with Autocar.
The move to a range with two crossover models is being driven by the US market, where the current Countryman's slow sales are being blamed on its small size.
Mini has detailed the updated John Cooper Works versions of its Clubman wagon and Countryman crossover, which both get beefier performance amongst other upgrades.
Headlining the changes is what lies under the bonnet – a 225kW/450Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine borrowed from the related BMW X2 M35i, the most powerful engine fitted to a production Mini.
Mini Cooper Ice Blue and Clubman Masterpiece special editions coming
There'll be two new special edition versions of the Mini Cooper Hatch and Mini Clubman launching in the coming months.
First up will be an October launch for the Mini Clubman Masterpiece, a limited edition model of 30 examples based on the Cooper S Clubman model. This version gets new 18-inch Masterpiece alloy wheels, is finished exclusively in White Silver metallic paint with a black roof, and it has black roof rails and mirror covers.
The next police car you see in your rear-view mirror in Sydney might be the new-generation Mini Clubman. You won't need to worry, though. Like most unorthodox Police-liveried cars, this one is purely for promotional duty.
Based at the Newtown Police Station, the car has been fully wrapped in police graphics and was officially handed over at MINI Garage Sydney in Alexandria, last week.