Mini makes the Clubman ALL4 official, sporting new AWD system [gallery] image

The British automaker has recently introduced the new Clubman ALL4, which design-wise is virtually indistinguishable from the regular model, but the technical front has been updated with a new all-wheel drive system.

The new system has a “power take-off bevel gear on the front axle differential, a dual-section propeller shaft, and a rear axle differential with an electrohydraulically controlled hang-on clutch.” This tech speech is as geek as it is, but the company claims its new all-wheel drive system will be able to communicate and work diligently together with the Dynamic Stability Control system in order to know fast what wheels need the most torque. So, the new ALL4 AWD system should not only improve traction but also deliver higher levels of handling during acceleration and cornering.

The US market will have two engine versions for the new Clubman ALL4 – the base comes with the 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder churning out 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission. The latter version will deliver a 0-60 miles per hour time of 9.3 seconds and a maximum speed of 125 mph. The higher-specked S version comes with the 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder mil churning out 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque – this one has the same transmission features and will do the run in 6.6 seconds on its way to the top speed of 140 mph.