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Introduced for the first time last year, the 2016 MINI Clubman came with refreshed looks, a bigger body with more conventional rear doors and a new lineup of engines that drive its front wheels. Now, the elongated supermini can be specified with MINI’s ALL4 all-wheel-drive system.

With the ALL4, the torque is distributed between the front and rear wheels to maximise traction in certain driving conditions. Drive is initially sent through either a six-speed manual or a Steptronic automatic transmission to the front axle. There, a bevel gear diverts the power and channels it to the rear axle differential via a dual-section propeller shaft.

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In normal driving situations with active Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), the Clubman runs on the front axle to reduce loss of torque by up to 30%. A hang-on clutch at the rear differential provides torque to the rear wheels within a fraction of a second in situations where extra push in the back is needed.

Not only that, the ALL4 system also integrates a standard Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC), which applies selective braking to certain tyres to optimise traction when accelerating out of corners. Another standard feature is the Performance Control function that enables precise steering into bends even before the threshold range is reached and regardless of the DSC mode selected.

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While power can now be sent to all four wheels, its sources remain the same. Like its front-wheel-drive counterpart, the Clubman ALL4 features a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 192 hp and 280 Nm of torque in Cooper S form. A 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel unit with 190 hp and 400 Nm for the Cooper SD is also in the lineup.





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