MINI’s slow march to fill every gap in the automotive market has continued with the addition of the Clubvan concept. The Clubvan is a compact van designed for business and leisure use. MINI claim it is the first premium model in the small car-based van segment – and I think they’re probably right.
The Clubvan concept is based, quite obviously, on the MINI Clubman. In order to increase the cargo space the rear seats have been removed leaving a flat load area. Just like the MINI Clubman, the Clubvan Concept is a five-door car with a party trick. Two front doors for the driver and front passenger, two side-hinged rear doors and the rear-hinged Clubdoor on the right-hand side all create useful access. The Clubdoor gives owners the option of loading smaller items from the side of the car as well as the rear.
Six attachment loops recessed into the load floor use elasticated straps to hold cargo in place. The fixed partition grille, made from solid aluminium in the lower part and a stainless steel honeycomb grating, ensures items stowed in the rear won’t fall into the front cabin. The side walls, floor and roof lining of the load area in the Clubvan Concept are trimmed in high-quality anthracite-coloured cloth. In addition, the load compartment features several 12-volt plug sockets for added practicality.
The Mini Clubvan concept will be unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show next month.