Possibly the most sensible MINI variant to date is launched, following its warm reception at the Geneva. The Clubvan’s arrival leaves just the pick-up to come…
Making its global premiere at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Clubvan is an interesting – and some would say overdue – addition to the MINI range. It’s being dubbed a ‘premium’ commercial vehicle, which majors on style over its more traditional rivals.
Just like the Geneva concept, it has five-doors, with split rears, and ‘clubdoor’ that might not be the last word in practicality, but do add an element of flexibility and novelty to the panelled-in Clubman. The load bay extends from the wide-opening double doors at the back of the vehicle to a sturdy internal bulkhead immediately behind the driver and passenger seats. That’s made from a solid aluminium lower section with a steel mesh upper.
The blocked-out rear side windows are body-coloured and feature interior polycarbonate reinforcement. Inside, the cargo area stretches back 115cm and, even at its narrowest point just behind the rear doors, is 102cm wide. With the bulkhead to protect the driver and/or passenger, it can be loaded right to the roof which measures 84cm at its highest point. That means 860 litres of space and a maximum payload capacity of 500 kg.
Featuring powertrain and chassis technology from the Clubman, it comes with powerful and efficient four-cylinder engines. Three versions will be available; the 98bhp MINI One Clubvan, the 122bhp MINI Cooper Clubvan and the 112bhp MINI Cooper D Clubvan. All come with MINI’s familiar front-wheel-drive set-up, Electric Power Steering, MacPherson strut front suspension, multi-link rear suspension and powerful brakes. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but an optional six-speed automatic transmission is also available.
Built in Britain at Cowley, the Clubvan’s exterior dimensions are identical to those of its sibling. It’s 3961mm long, 1683mm wide and 1426mm high, with a wheelbase of 2547mm. The Clubvan is the seventh unique member of the MINI family, selling alongside the Clubman, Hatch, Convertible, Countryman, Coupe and Roadster.
Retail prices, excluding VAT:
- MINI One Clubvan, £11,175
- MINI Cooper Clubvan, £12,475
- MINI Cooper D Clubvan, £13,600
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