“Trend-conscious commercial users” isn’t a phrase we’ve heard
recently ever, but perhaps we’re just fraternizing in the wrong circles. Mini, on the other hand, knows so many of them that it has created the Clubvan, a two-seat, five-door, panel-style version of the Clubman that is “the world’s first premium compact delivery van.”
As the word “van” might indicate, instead of back seats the Clubvan has a cargo bay and a fixed grate to keep breakables and bulldogs from sliding into the cockpit. According to Mini, those aren’t actual panels where the Clubman windows usually reside, it’s just that the windows have been blacked out so as to be opaque and further bolstered with an inner layer of polycarbonate. The glass in the rear doors has also been blacked out.
The 860-liter loading area is lined with carpeting and an acrylic roof, has 12-volt sockets, attachment loops, and can handle up to 500 kilograms.
Trend-conscious grunt will come in three flavors: gas options in 98 horsepower and 122 hp, and a diesel with 112 hp. A six-speed manual will be standard, a six speed automatic an option on the diesel. This being classified as a commercial vehicle, your trendiness does get curbed slightly: only four colors will be available outside, and the interior will be black.
It goes on sale this August, and you can find out all about it in the press release below.
Mini releases official Clubvan details, on sale this August originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 24 Jun 2012 11:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.