(from Mini Press
Release) Handle with care, deliver in style: the MINI Clubvan
gets ready to roll up.
Munich. With two seats, five doors and wall-to-wall MINI style and
personality, the MINI Clubvan – the world’s first premium compact
delivery van – has it all. With this groundbreaking model, based on
the MINI Clubman platform, MINI is translating the brand’s hallmark
driving fun and inherent charisma to new applications aimed at the
urban user. As the first premium vehicle of its kind, the MINI
Clubvan sets new standards of style, quality and driving fun in the
small car-based van segment. For the first time, trend-conscious
commercial users can now make a stylish and sophisticated statement
when carrying out deliveries to their equally discerning customers.
The enhanced functionality offered by the MINI Clubvan is based on a
closed-off load area extending from the rear doors right up to the
driver’s and front passenger’s seats. Cargo can be easily accessed
either through the wide-opening split rear door or via the
right-side Clubdoor. With its two-seater configuration, its fixed
partition between the passenger compartment and load area, and its
opaque, blocked-out rear side windows, the MINI Clubvan is classed
as a commercial vehicle and therefore taxed at a lower rate. So as
well as being the world’s only premium model in its segment, the
Clubvan is also the first MINI commercial vehicle.
The MINI Clubvan comes in three model versions: the 72 kW/98 hp MINI
One Clubvan, the 90 kW/122 MINI Cooper Clubvan and the 82 kW/112 hp
MINI Cooper D Clubvan. This charismatic cargo carrier will hit the
showrooms in autumn 2012.
The MINI Clubvan: unique concept
with historic roots.
The MINI Clubvan is
built at the MINI plant in Oxford. Its roots, too, are firmly in the
British Isles. They can be traced back to 1960, when the original
Mini – just one year after its launch – was followed up by a further
creative and space-efficient solution in the form of the Morris Mini
Van. This van model, with a wheelbase extended by ten centimetres, a
closed-off load compartment and split rear door, offered exactly the
sort of extra functionality urban commercial users of the time were
Now the MINI Clubvan is poised to follow in the footsteps of its
early forerunner and carry this tradition forward into the 21st
century – in the same way and with the same panache as the MINI
Clubman is already reprising the success of the fully glazed, four-seater
Morris Mini Traveller, also from the 1960s.
First-class styling coupled with
premium-class cargo transport.
The MINI Clubvan is a
versatile choice both for upmarket commercial applications and for
non-mainstream leisure and lifestyle use. It is in its element
whenever special cargo-carrying jobs need to be handled in style.
Its dimensions, with a length of 3,961 mm, a width of 1683 mm, a
height of 1,426 mm and a wheelbase of 2,547 mm, are the same as
those of the MINI Clubman. Its tailored and functionally minded
design has been achieved by taking out the rear seats and adding a
range of customised features. The blocked-out, opaque rear side
windows are body-coloured, with an interior polycarbonate
reinforcement. In combination with tinted glass in the rear doors,
this keeps the load compartment well concealed from prying eyes.
In the interior, the flat loading floor and the side walls are
trimmed in high-quality carpeting, while an anthracite roof liner
runs the full length of the vehicle. 12-volt sockets in the cargo
area can be used to power electrical equipment. Six attachment loops
recessed into the floor at the edge of the load area can be used to
secure cargo of all shapes and sizes, preventing items from sliding
around when the vehicle is on the move.
The partition behind the driver’s and front passenger’s seats,
comprising a lower solid aluminium section and an upper section of
stainless steel mesh, is firmly attached to the vehicle body. The
partition prevents objects in the load compartment from slamming
forward into the passenger compartment under heavy braking. It also
allows loading right up to the roof, so that full use can be made of
the rear compartment’s 860 litres of load space. The cargo area is
115 centimetres long and, even at its narrowest point just behind
the rear doors, is 102 centimetres wide. Maximum payload capacity is
Typical MINI driving fun in three
different power ratings.
The MINI Clubvan brings
an unprecedented level of driving enjoyment to delivery assignments.
The powertrain and chassis technology is familiar from the MINI
Clubman: the Clubvan boasts powerful but efficient four-cylinder
engines, the familiar MINI front-wheel-drive set-up, Electric Power
Steering, MacPherson strut front suspension, multi-link rear
suspension and powerful brakes. An extensive range of MINIMALISM
features including Auto Start/Stop, Shift Point Display, Brake
Energy Regeneration and on-demand operation of ancillary units keeps
a tight rein on fuel consumption and offers unbeatably low running
costs. For example, with average EU test cycle consumption of 3.9
litres/100 km (72.4 mpg imp), the MINI Cooper D Clubvan offers
better fuel economy than any other model in the compact delivery van
segment, despite delivering up to 20 hp more power.
For all three engines, however, it’s not just from a cost point of
view that the balance between driving fun and fuel consumption is so
attractive. Even the entry-level MINI One Clubvan offers trademark
lively MINI performance. Its 1.6-litre engine with fully variable
valve timing produces maximum power of 72 kW/98 hp and provides 0 to
100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration in 11.1 seconds, with a top speed of
185 km/h (115 mph). The MINI One Clubvan’s average fuel consumption
in the EU test cycle is 5.5 litres per 100 kilometres (51.4 mpg
imp), with CO2 emissions of 129 grams per kilometre. The MINI Cooper
Clubvan, which develops maximum power of 90 kW/122 hp, is livelier
still. This model has a 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 9.8
seconds and a top speed of 201 km/h (125 mph). Once again, average
fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are 5.5 litres/100 km (51.4 mpg
imp) and 129 g/km respectively.
The most fuel-efficient model in the line-up is the MINI Cooper D
Clubvan, whose four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with common
rail direct injection delivers 82 kW/112 hp, accelerating this model
from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 10.2 seconds, on the way to
a top speed of 197 km/h (122.4 mph). EU fuel consumption is 3.9
litres/100 km (7.4 mpg imp), corresponding to CO2 emissions of 103
grams per kilometre.
As an alternative to the six-speed manual transmission which is
standard specification for all three models, the MINI Cooper D
Clubvan can optionally be supplied with a six-speed automatic
Distinctive style and personality
as standard, personalisation by request.
The MINI Clubvan is
available with a choice of four exterior paintwork shades: Pepper
White, Ice Blue, British Racing Green metallic and Midnight Black
metallic. The roof, rear side window area, C-pillars and exterior
mirror caps are body-coloured on all model versions. Optionally, the
standard 15-inch wheels, with exclusive MINI Clubvan Delta Spoke
styling, can be replaced by 15, 16 or 17-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, black seats with Cosmos fabric upholstery, a black interior
colour scheme and Fine White Silver trim strips are standard. This
combination stresses the functional, clean and uncluttered character
of the vehicle. At the same time, the interior design can be
customised to suit individual requirements, for example with black
sports seats (available in the versions Ray Leather, Punch Leather
and Lounge Leather), optional alternative interior trim strips,
three different interior Colour Lines and a leather-trimmed
instrument panel. Like the other model series, the MINI Clubvan too
can be supplied with an extensive range of optional extras to
enhance convenience, driving enjoyment, safety and practicality.
These include xenon headlights, black headlight shells, Adaptive
Headlights, Automatic Climate Control, Park Distance Control,
automatically dimming interior and exterior mirrors and a trailer
hitch. In place of the standard MINI CD radio, the MINI Boost CD
radio and MINI Visual Boost radio are also available. The optional
MINI navigation system, which keeps the MINI Clubvan heading in the
right direction on its delivery runs, is a further useful option.
The MINI Clubvan lends business an
individual and exclusive touch.
The MINI Clubvan’s
innovative blend of clean and uncluttered practicality and exclusive
premium characteristics makes for a distinctive presence around
town. This innovative vehicle concept is tailored in particular to
the needs of commercial users such as fashion designers, event
caterers, architects or photographers whose businesses supply
exclusive products and services to discerning customers and who are
also looking to express their appreciation of premium quality and
individual style in their choice of vehicle. Whether as a mobile
calling card for small businesses or as a stylish addition to a
wider vehicle fleet, the MINI Clubvan makes a bold and innovative
choice of delivery vehicle for commercial users, and one whose
typical MINI driving fun and instantly identifiable charisma are
guaranteed to make a winning and lasting impression.