Rumors of MINI unveiling a new van at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show turn out to be true. It’s called the Clubvan.
Basically a Clubman with more space – and not windows – at the back, the Clubvan is a sort of practical urban commercial vehicle and it’s supposed be the only car with such specifications that is actually stylish and fun to drive.
Because of the attention paid to the Clubvan’s style and drive, it’s not exactly a van. MINI themselves admit it’s more suitable for moving small objects around, like gears of a photographer with a stack of camera, tripod and lighting equipment. The car is certainly not designed for removal companies.
That begs the question, what’s the problem with the Clubman then? You get the same amount of space if you fold the seats, and you don’t have to sacrifice the rear windows.
To answer this question MINI argues that the Clubman is a two-seater. The load area reaches from the split rear doors right up to the partition grille behind the two seats. The totally level floor makes full use of the interior’s depth, and that allows the concept car’s load capacity to exceed the maximum achieved by the MINI Clubman.
The Clubvan also features made-to-measure drawers or shelving units, while 12-volt plug sockets in the rear area of the load compartment provide additional practicality.
The attention to details in this car makes it a very nice choice for those who need an all-rounder with a bigger than normal cargo space.