Yep, the barn style doors were a must to "make it a MINI".
I personally think the suicide door is a serious compromise in both design and practicality. Amazing how a small car like the (obvious choice) Mazda RX8 can pull it off, but the MINI can't.
The Traveller concept lost nothing by means of a lack of rear side doors, and I think this gains little apart from complication and an uneven look and feel.
Really not sure I could live with an interior configuration like this:
Especially as they decided to put it on the "wrong side" for the UK market, I know we're a minority in driving on the correct side of the road
, but it's a shame to see it reflected so obviously in the design like this.
I don't just mean as it's on the "road side", I mean because it's on the driver's side. Generally speaking when we've taken friends out and dropped them home, Abi would hop out while the car is running and they'd get out the car and go home. The idea the driver has to get out and let them out on the wrong side, it's just all a bit back to front.
I'm still, of course, extremely interested in the Clubman and wish it well, but the test drives will have to be very good to convince me of it's merits over its drawbacks.
I'm 100% sure there will be a big corporate demand, they'll make great travelling bill-boards.