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      03-25-2009, 07:56 PM   #1
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Mini Cooper and Clubman facelift spy shots

New models already coming?

The Mark II Mini Cooper was first introduced back in 2006 with the Clubman following less than a year later, so these new shots depicting both of these cars with some new features is a little surprising. The test cars are fitted with new bumpers and almost the entire range are covered, including the standard Cooper and Clubman as well as the Clubman S and high-performance Clubman JCW.

The only major difference is the front bumper, which feature restyled intakes and fog-lights for a more dynamic look. Some of the cars are also wearing black tape, most likely to hide some details so expect to see a few more changes down the line.

When the updated cars will be released is still anyone’s guess but given the fact Mini will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this August there’s a good chance these could be a range of new special edition models and not a full-blow facelift. There’s also the fact that Mini only launched the Mark II Cabrio last November and the new Clubman One model in January so it’s unlikely we’ll see facelifted versions of these cars anytime soon.
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      03-25-2009, 08:06 PM   #2
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Interesting - seems to be riding pretty high - quite a bit of fender gap - wonder if they are also testing awd?
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they have major fender gap in the current r56 too, offroad sized fender gap

rwd in a jcw mini cooper, I would have to get rid of my 135i, damn that would be crazy fun
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maybe it is a test mule for the up coming Traveler or whatever they are going to call the "suv"
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That just a mule with the currently available, and very ugly, factory aero kit (not to be confused with the nice JCW body kit). Visually I don't see anything new here.
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