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Mini Confirms Clubvan for US

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author photo by Jeffrey Archer April 2012
  • Clubvan is essentially Mini Clubman without rear seats
  • Mini says Clubvan will go on sale here in September
  • Engine choices and pricing have yet to be revealed

The cargo-hauling Mini Clubvan will officially join its US lineup in September. Mini recently confirmed that it would produce the diminutive delivery vehicle, which is based on the extended-length Mini Clubman. The Clubvan concept debuted earlier this year at the Geneva Auto Show.

While Mini has not yet announced pricing or engine specifications for the new Clubvan, photos from the concept version shown in Geneva likely provide a preview of the production model. While the concept retains the Clubman's distinctive rear-hinged passenger-side third door and split rear doors, it ditches the model's rear bench seat, keeping only the front buckets to become a two-seater.

While there's less space for passengers, the Clubvan has lots of room for cargo. To transform it into a proper delivery vehicle, the Clubvan has a flat load floor In back and a stainless steel grille installed behind the seats to protect occupants from flying payloads. Other revisions to the Clubvan's cargo area include six rear tie-down hooks, an integrated power socket and cloth lining on the roof and walls.

While the Clubvan doesn't look drastically different than the Clubman on which it's based, the new model did get one major style change. The Clubvan's rear side windows are covered by a body-colored foil that allows businesses to advertise their wares as they make deliveries. The windows are also lined with polycarbonate and safety foil inside to prevent damage from goods shifting while on the move.

According to Mini, the Clubvan was green-lighted for production after the automaker received many inquiries from small businesses - particularly in the United States - following the concept's unveiling in Geneva. For those interested in buying a Clubvan, we believe the new model will have a starting price close to the Clubman's $22,000 base price when it goes on sale in September. We also wouldn't be surprised to see Mini offer both a 121-horsepower base-level version and a 181-horsepower turbocharged Clubvan S.

What it means to you: If you're looking for a distinctive delivery vehicle for your business, you might want to check out the upcoming Mini Clubvan.

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