MINI Clubvan (2012–2014)
- February 2012: MINI unveiled the Clubvan Concept
- June 2012: MINI officially launched the Clubvan
- June 2013: MINI launches the Clubvan Camper
MINI unveiled the Clubvan Concept
The MINI Clubvan Concept shares the same exterior dimensions as the MINI Clubman. The exterior of the car marks it out immediately as a MINI, offering customers the opportunity to combine their need for a practical, compact and easy-to-run to run van with the appeal of individual style and distinctive design, synonymous with the MINI brand.
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.
The generous levels of space on board the concept car can be customised to suit the needs of the customer, for example, tools and goods can be stored neatly and securely in made-to-measure drawers or shelving units. 12-volt plug sockets in the load compartment also provide additional practicality.
The flat load area which reaches from the split rear doors right up to a partition grille behind the two seats makes full use of the interior’s depth. 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 honeycombe 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 Concept are trimmed in high-quality anthracite-coloured cloth.
MINI officially launched the Clubvan
It debuted at 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed with the starting price confirmed at £11,175 plus VAT. Three models are offered – the MINI One Clubvan, with a 98PS petrol engine, the MINI Cooper Clubvan, with a 122PS petrol engine, and the MINI Cooper D Clubvan, with a 112PS diesel engine. All are front-wheel drive and come with MINImalism efficiency technology, which includes stop start and brake energy regeneration to maximise fuel economy.
Because the Clubvan is classed as a commercial vehicle, business users can claim back their VAT, and so prices quoted exclude VAT. Prices start at £11,175 for the One Clubvan rising to £12,475 for the Cooper Clubvan and £13,600 for the Cooper D Clubvan.
MINI launches the Clubvan Camper
Amazingly MINI managed to turn the little Clubvan into a camper van - albeit for one person - complete with an extendible kitchenette that has a propane stove and even a chest fridge.
It comes with MINI Navigation Portable XL sat-nav as standard which features a television tuner plus there's an auxiliary heater. The roof has a small glass panel that can be opened for ventilation and there's a storage rack above. The Clubvan Camper even comes with an integrated hand-held shower, with a water tank housed underneath the boot floor.