At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Mini unveiled its Clubvan concept based on the Clubman and the range is now all set to hit the production line. As many as three different models of the Clubvan will be hitting showrooms later this year with the range being aimed at both leisure lifestyle and upmarket commercial delivery vehicles segments. In the compact car-based van segment, the Mini Clubvan would be the first premium vehicle. The model would come with an elongated wheelbase, a split rear door and a closed-off load compartment evolved from the 1960s Morris Mini Van. All the three compact commercial delivery vehicles will be offered in four paint finishes including metallic Midnight Black, metallic British Racing Green, Ice Blue and Pepper White. With Mini Clubvan Delta Spokes, the models will come fitted with 15-inch wheels with the option of upgrading to 15”, 16”, or 17” alloy wheels being open to the customer.
In the cabin, the models will be offered with Cosmos fabric upholstery with black seats and Fine White Silver trim strips. The black color scheme will be standard with interior customization options including a leather-trimmed instrument panel, alternate trim strips and black sports leather seats, Park Distance Control, Mini Visual Boost radio, Mini Boost CD radio, Mini navigation system and an Automatic Climate Control system. Exterior options also include a trailer hitch, auto-dimming exterior and interior mirrors, Adaptive Headlights, black headlight shells and xenon headlights.
The base Mini One Clubvan would be powered by a 98 hp four-cylinder 1.6-liter engine. The model would have a top speed of 115 mph and would go from 0-62 mph in 11.1 seconds returning a fuel economy of 51.4 mpg and emitting 129 grams of CO2 emissions per kilometer. The next model would be the peppy Mini Cooper Clubvan powered by a 122 hp engine. The model would have a top speed of 125 mph and would accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 9.8 seconds.
The top spec model in the range would be the Mini Cooper D Clubvan that would be powered by a 112 hp turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine. The model would have a top speed of 122.4 mph and would go from 0-62 mph in 10.2 seconds. The real star of this range, the Mini Cooper D Clubvan would also be the most fuel-efficient model returning a fuel economy of 72.4 mpg and emitting 103 grams of CO2 per kilometer. A six-speed manual transmission would be standard on all three models with the Mini Cooper D Clubvan being offered with an optional six-speed automatic transmission.
The FWD range will also feature standard tech gadgetry, like on-demand operation of ancillary units, Brake Energy Regeneration, Shift Point Display, Auto Start/Stop, multi-link rear suspension, Macpherson strut front suspension and electric power steering to keep fuel consumption down. The Mini Clubvan models are expected to hit in showrooms across Europe in the fall.