UN­DER THE SKIN

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Gotcha - Paul Gover

WHAT IS IT? Mini Club­man WHY THE FUSS? Next in the Mini fam­ily

WHEN’S IT HERE? Late 2014 HOW MUCH? About $35,000 We’re not ex­pect­ing too much change on the new Club­man, fol­low­ing the un­veil­ing of a looka­like third-gen­er­a­tion Mini Cooper at the Los An­ge­les mo­tor show last month. Th­ese cars, on a trailer near Mu­nich, look pro­duc­tion ready and the dou­ble-hinged rear doors point to the five­door Club­man pack­age. The big changes are likely to be, as in the Cooper, in re­fine­ment and cabin qual­ity.

MERCEDES-BENZ C-CLASS WAGON

Co­de­named S205, this is the sta­tion wagon ver­sion of the all-new C-Class that’s com­ing from Mercedes-Benz in 2014. It is clearly a con­ven­tional wagon and not a CLS-style shoot­ing brake. In com­mon with the sedan, the new wagon has evo­lu­tion­ary styling trick­ling down from the lat­est S-Class flag­ship.

TOY­OTA YARIS

We’ve al­ready had one peek at the up­dated Toy­ota Yaris but now Carparazzi has caught the 2014 model up close and in de­tail. Changes are ex­pected only in the front and rear styling — the all-over cam­ou­flage could be mis­lead­ing — with Toy­ota wait­ing un­til 2015 for a com­plete model change that could in­clude a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Mazda on a new Mazda2.

BMW X6

We’ve al­ready got a new X5 from BMW and here comes the in­evitable fol­low-up, the sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion X6. The gen­eral look of the new SUV coupe is un­for­tu­nately the same as the wagon, but Carparazzi re­ports the cam­ou­flaged tail end slopes away more to make it more car-like and less con­fronting than the cur­rent X6.

MINI CLUB­MAN

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